The CTPA serves over 1.5 million students with a collective desire to share experiences, tools and knowledge.
Cooperative Entity Competitive Assurance Program
CTPA continues to examine best practices for the best interest of its members and strives to instill the proper application of the public procurement process in the State of Texas. As a service to its membership, an application process has been established to identify a Cooperative entity’s ability to meet the applicable legal requirements set forth in Section 44.031 of the Texas Education Code based on the legal understanding and guidelines of the CTPA member districts.
One area of concern is the ability for a Cooperative to meet the same statutory standards to which a Texas school district must perform its procurement process, with the member district not having to question the legitimacy of the cooperative’s process of establishing and awarding their contracts. By applying and receiving approval by the CTPA, a member district can, by their own choice and through an executed interlocal agreement with the Cooperative, can consider the Cooperative to be an acceptable resource to utilize awarded contracts managed by the Cooperative. The interlocal between the member district and the Cooperative is based on Chapter 791 of the Texas Government Code and Section 271.101 of the Texas Local Government Code. The CTPA does not require any additional conditions outside this application, and this application is not considered legally binding for the purposes presented above.
Participation in the application process is totally voluntary by the Cooperative and is not to be considered a means to limit the ability of the Cooperative to have an interlocal relationship with a CTPA member district. The approval or lack thereof by the CTPA does not affect any existing or future interlocal agreements directly with the Cooperative by its members. If a Cooperative’s application is rejected, the Cooperative may choose to appeal or remedy the deficiency and reapply until approved or determined the deficiencies cannot be remedied. The CTPA reserves the right to request additional information or clarification if deemed necessary to complete a review of the application.