On May 18, 2013, Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 307, which transferred the Adult Education system from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
Even before the Texas Legislature closed its regular session in May, the TWC, TEA, and other system partners were collaborating to understand both the potential areas of work and what actions would have to be taken to ensure a smooth transfer with no disruptions in service. Since bill passage, the agencies have been working arduously to continue the work and begin the transfer process.
Over one hundred contracts are being transferred from TEA to TWC; the important work to transition TEAMS has begun; contracts to continue Texas LEARNS the GREAT centers, and TCALL have been initiated; TWC has begun the hiring process for program staff and hired a director; and, most importantly, TWC staff and the three Commissioners were active in gathering input for across the field through a series of nine stakeholder meetings.
The commitment and spirit of collaboration to initiate innovations in the system is high at both the state and local level. TWC is enthusiastic to take the leadership role in Adult Education and Literacy for the state and looks forward to actively participating with the field’s many stakeholders over the next year to develop and deploy core services and innovative enhancements across the state.