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4:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Texas Legislature Increases Penalties For Reporting False School Data

AUSTIN, May 20- Today, the Legislature passed SB 124, which increase penalties for reporting false school data.

The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) is used by TEA to collect student and teacher data from school districts and open-enrollment charters. Collecting accurate and complete data through PEIMS is vital to ensure accountability in the Texas school system.

PEIMS is used by TEA to collect student and teacher data from school districts and is vital to ensure accountability in the Texas school system. Under current law, it is a felony of the third degree to falsify or otherwise impair the verity of a public school record, report or assessment instrument under Chapter 39 of the Education Code.

Senate Bill 124 will amend the law to also make the falsification of data reported through PEIMS a felony of the third degree. This change in law would take effect on Sept. 1, 2013 and would not apply to offenses committed before that date.