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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 157HEARINGS AND APPEALS
SUBCHAPTER AAGENERAL PROVISIONS FOR HEARINGS BEFORE THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION
RULE §157.1042Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Administrative law judge--A member or employee of the agency or other individual assigned to issue a proposal for decision, to render a decision, or to make findings of fact or conclusions of law.

  (2) Agency--The Texas Education Agency.

  (3) Board--The board of trustees of a public school district.

  (4) Commissioner--The commissioner of education, or one who has been designated by the commissioner to perform a task.

  (5) Disqualification--When an administrative law judge, in his or her discretion, permanently forbids a party representative from any further participation in an adjudicative proceeding.

  (6) Exclusion--When an administrative law judge, in his or her discretion, ejects a person temporarily from an adjudicative proceeding.

  (7) Hearing--An adjudicative process from initiation until final decision.

  (8) Independent hearing examiner--a person certified by the commissioner to hold hearings pursuant to the Texas Education Code, Chapter 21, Subchapter F (Hearings Before Hearings Examiners).

  (9) Party representative--A lawyer or non-lawyer who acts on behalf of himself or herself or who is authorized to act on behalf of a party during the hearing.


Source Note: The provisions of this §157.1042 adopted to be effective April 7, 1993, 18 TexReg 1928; amended to be effective July 20, 2004, 29 TexReg 6887

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