The State Board of
Education (SBOE) sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The
primary responsibilities of the SBOE include:
- Reviewing and adopting instructional
- Establishing graduation requirements
- Overseeing the Texas Permanent School
- Appointing board members to military reservation and special
- Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
- Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant
The board is made up of SBOE
members elected from single-member districts (outside source). Find your SBOE
member (outside source). The governor appoints one member to chair the
board. The current SBOE officers are Chair Donna Bahorich, Vice Chair Thomas
Ratliff, and Secretary Ruben
The SBOE is required to meet at
least quarterly. Meetings are held in the William B. Travis State Office
Building, which houses the Texas Education Agency, at 1701 North Congress Ave.
in Austin. Each meeting, except for executive sessions restricted by law to
specific topics, is open to the public. Anyone who wants to testify in front of
the board must submit a public
testimony registration form.
SBOE Legislative Recommendations
The State Board of Education adopted eight recommendations for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. The recommendations suggest changes to the authority of the board, as well as proposed changes in general education policies and laws.
The next SBOE meeting will be January 31, February 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
2017 SBOE Meeting Dates
31-Feb. 3, 2017
- Nov. 7-10, 2017
provides meeting webcasts for people
interested in watching from a computer or device. The archived webcasts are also
available. If you experience technical difficulties with a webcast, call
SBOE operating rules
This includes rules that define how the SBOE conducts
and takes public comments and testimony at board meetings.
form for public testimony
Everyone who wants to testify at an SBOE
meeting must submit a registration form by 5 p.m. Monday before the
This includes the archived SBOE meeting minutes for the past
schedules and agendas
This includes the archived SBOE meeting
schedules and agendas for the past year.
This includes highlights of actions taken by the State Board
of Education (SBOE) over the past year.
policy decisions must be made by the full board, much of the detailed
preliminary work is completed in committee sessions usually held on the
Wednesday or Thursday preceding each SBOE meeting. There are three primary SBOE
committees and one Ad Hoc Committee:
on Instruction - has primary responsibility for issues dealing with
curriculum and instruction, student testing, special education programs, and
alternatives to social promotion.
on School Finance/Permanent School Fund - has primary responsibility for
the preliminary work on issues dealing with the Permanent School Fund and
on School Initiatives - deals with issues such as appointing board members
to military reservation and special school districts and rules proposed by the
State Board of Educator Certification.
This includes the review and findings of the CSCOPE review.