39 Employees Lose their Jobs at Texas Education Agency
The government agency responsible for the oversight of public schools in the state of Texas, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), has announced that it has laid off 39 employees.
The agency carried out a study which found that management had been hiring more employees than it actually needed. The Commissioner at TEA, Mike Morath, said that the agency was slashing its workforce because similar education agencies had more streamlined staffing models.
“That review led to the conclusion that our current staffing model is significantly larger than that of other similar states,” wrote Morath in a statement sent to the agency’s employees.
He added, “As a result, we are consolidating some functions within Assessment that are either duplicative or could be more efficiently performed by another position.”
Morath’s statement mentioned that that some of the affected employees included those performing IT jobs.
The last time the agency laid off a significant number of employees was back in 2011, when the number of eliminated positions was in the hundreds. The layoffs were announced after the agency was forced to cut back on its spending.
At that time, Texas was dealing with a budget shortfall, so it had to cut funding to various government agencies, including Texas Education Agency.
Today, however, Texas is not facing a similar budget crisis. Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a $217.0 billion state budget for fiscal-year 2018, which is up from the $209.4 billion budget passed in the previous fiscal year.
Texas Education Agency spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson says that no more layoffs are expected in the foreseeable future.
The Texas Education Agency supervises public education at the primary and secondary levels in the state of Texas. Over 1,000 school districts and charter schools across the state fall under its jurisdiction. The agency is responsible for overseeing the performance of schools and safety of students.
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