LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two days ago, cosmetology courses were on the verge of possibly being eliminated by the Texas Education Agency.
On Thursday, new details from Keven Ellis, a Lufkin representative of the State Board of Education reveal more information. Ellis said the Texas Education Agency is currently revisiting the guidelines of a federal grant that goes towards Career in Technical Education which includes cosmetologyy.
He said those guidelines are up in the air at the moment to determine if cosmetology courses qualify for the grant money.
"Yes, me and two other SBOE members had a meeting with the Texas Education Agency staff on Tuesday to clarify this, and I felt much better when I came out of the meeting that there are no proposals to cut the cosmetology programs," Ellis said. "It's simply that grant funding that's up in the air right now."
Ellis said only the State Board of Education has the authority to eliminate courses, not TEA.