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April 2020 Committee on Instruction Item 2

Action Regarding Origo Education

April 17, 2020


SUMMARY:  This item provides the opportunity for the committee and board to consider action regarding Origo Education related to substitution of new editions of a student journal for its adopted products for English and Spanish math, grades K–5. Origo Education has substituted new editions for the products adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in 2013. 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Texas Education Code (TEC), §§31.003, 31.022, and 31.151

TEC, §31.003, permits the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt rules for the adoption, requisition, distribution, care, use, and disposal of instructional materials.

TEC, §31.022(b), requires the SBOE to adopt rules to provide for a full and complete investigation of instructional materials for each subject in the foundation curriculum and for each subject in the enrichment curriculum.

TEC, §31.151(a), defines the duties of publishers and manufacturers of instructional materials, including the duty to deliver materials to school districts or charter schools and to provide an accurate shipping date for materials that are back-ordered.

TEC, §31.151(b), authorizes the SBOE to impose a reasonable administrative penalty against a publisher who knowingly violates subsection (a).

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION:  Math instructional materials from Origo Education were adopted in November 2013 under Proclamation 2014. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  The SBOE issued Proclamation 2014 in April 2012. 

TAC §66.75 permits a publisher to submit a request for approval to substitute an updated edition of state-adopted instructional materials. This section also requires that all requests for updates involving content in state-adopted instructional materials be approved by the SBOE prior to their introduction into state-adopted instructional materials. 

PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS:  Product updates provide more accurate student and teacher instructional materials. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposal.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials    

Separate Exhibit:      

Origo Education Substitution Request
(to be provided at the April 2020 SBOE meeting)