Long-Range Plan for Public Education

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is currently working to create a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which will establish broad goals for the Texas public school system.

The board is creating an 18-member steering committee to help it craft these goals.  

The steering committee will be composed of:

Five State Board of Education members

  • Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, chair of the State Board of Education 
  • Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, chair of the board's Committee on School Initiatives
  • Tom Maynard, R-Florence
  • Georgina Pérez, D-El Paso
  • Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo

Three agency representatives

  •  One representative from the Texas Education Agency
  •  One representative from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  •  One representative from the Texas Workforce Commission

10 public stakeholders

The 10 public stakeholders may be educators, parents, business and industry representatives or students.

To nominate yourself or others to serve on the steering committee, please complete this form:


 Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 4. There is no need or advantage to having multiple people endorse your nomination as board members will have access to all nominations.

  Once the nomination period closes, the 10 State Board members who are not on the steering committee will review the applications and recommend three nominees each. The five board members serving on the steering committee will select from those nominees to complete the steering committee. They will work to create a diverse, well-balanced committee composed of people with broad backgrounds and experience.

The steering committee will meet approximately five times in Austin throughout the 2017-2018 school year to draft recommended long-range priorities for public education. The first meeting will occur in mid-September.

 Also informing this work will be results from a survey and comments obtained during 10 public meetings to be held around the state.

 The guiding principles to be followed in developing the long-range plan are:

  • Addressing the most pressing issues facing public education in Texas;
  • Conveying one consistent vision on statewide priorities across the State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency;
  • Outlining clearly the board's role in supporting the priorities;
  • Considering stakeholder input;
  • Containing specific targets and processes to assess progress; and
  •  Appropriately balancing depth and coverage with fiscal responsibility.

Staff support during this current phase of the long-range plan development is provided by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Comprehensive Center at the American Institutes for Research.

Ultimately, the State Board of Education will review all the public input and finalize a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education. The final vote is tentatively planned for September 2018.

Related documents

Development of the Long-Range Plan for Public Education, Phase One Planning Document

Findings of the Ad Hoc Committee
Long-Range Plan for Public Education 2001-2006

Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020