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Introducing the State Board of Education: Why Should It Matter to You?. State Board of Education (SBOE). Adopts rules and policies governing the operation of the Texas public school system 15 members from single-member districts Typically serve four-year terms

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state board of education sboe
State Board of Education (SBOE)
  • Adopts rules and policies governing the operation of the Texas public school system
  • 15 members from single-member districts
  • Typically serve four-year terms
  • SBOE candidates are political party nominees and are not compensated for their service
sboe meetings
SBOE Meetings
  • Meets quarterly, generally in Austin
  • Meetings last 2-3 business days
  • Held at William B. Travis Building (Texas Education Agency)
  • Meetings broadcast live via TEA Web site: www.tea.state.tx.us
what does the sboe decide
What does the SBOE Decide?
  • The SBOE’s duties include:
    • Overseeing the Permanent School Fund
    • Mandating what Texas students learn
    • Mandating what Texas teachers teach
    • Selecting textbooks and instructional materials
    • Approving or revoking open-enrollment charters
    • Adopting educator certification and ethics rules
    • Setting goals for the public school system and adopting a four-year plan
sboe s structure
SBOE’s Structure
  • Commissioner of Education Robert Scott serves as chief executive officer of the Board.
  • Barbara Cargill serves as Chair.
  • Bob Craig serves as Vice-Chair.
  • Mary Helen Berlanga serves as Secretary.
sboe committees
SBOE Committees
  • Policy decisions are made by the full Board, but much of detailed work happens in committees.
  • SBOE members serve on three standing committees:
    • Instruction
    • School Finance/Permanent School Fund
    • School Initiatives
committee on instruction
Committee on Instruction
  • George Clayton (Chair)
  • Scope of Committee’s work includes:
    • Establishment of curriculum and graduation requirements
    • Curriculum implementation
    • General, special, and gifted/talented education programs
    • Textbook proclamations
    • Library standards
    • Adult basic education
committee on school finance permanent school fund
Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund
  • Patricia Hardy (Chair)
  • Scope of Committee’s work includes:
    • State and federal funding issues
    • Financial budgeting, reporting and regulation
    • Textbook financing and operation
    • Commissioner’s annual Foundation School Program budget review
    • Permanent School Fund management
    • Contract and grant approval
    • Community education funding
committee on school initiatives
Committee on School Initiatives
  • Ken Mercer (Chair)
  • Scope of Committee’s work includes:
    • Oversight of the selection, review and evaluation of open-enrollment charter schools
    • Teacher and administrator certification and ethics
    • School board member training policy
    • Extracurricular activities