Texas Education Code - EDUC § 33.154. Duties of Commissioner

(a) The commissioner shall:

(1) coordinate the efforts of the Communities In Schools program with other social service organizations and agencies and with public school personnel to provide services to students who are at risk of dropping out of school or engaging in delinquent conduct, including students who are in family conflict or emotional crisis;

(2) set standards for the Communities In Schools program and establish state performance goals, objectives, and measures for the program, including performance goals, objectives, and measures that consider improvement in student:

(A) behavior;

(B) academic achievement;  and

(C) promotion, graduation, retention, and dropout rates;

(3) obtain information to determine accomplishment of state performance goals, objectives, and measures;

(4) promote and market the program in communities in which the program is not established;

(5) help communities that want to participate in the program establish a local funding base;

(6) provide training and technical assistance for participating communities and programs;  and

(7) adopt policies concerning:

(A) the responsibility of the agency in encouraging local businesses to participate in local Communities In Schools programs;

(B) the responsibility of the agency in obtaining information from participating school districts;

(C) the use of federal or state funds available to the agency for programs of this nature;  and

(D) any other areas concerning the program identified by the commissioner.

(b) The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the policies described by Subsection (a)(7) and shall annually update the rules.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of this subchapter, if the commissioner determines that a program consistently fails to achieve the performance goals, objectives, and measures established by the commissioner under Subsection (a)(2), the commissioner may withhold funding from that program and require the program to compete through a competitive bidding process to receive funding to participate in the program.

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