Public Testimony Registration Instructions and Procedures

Individuals may register between the hours of 8 a.m. on the Friday preceding the board meeting and 5 p.m. (Central Time) on the Monday preceding the board meeting on  the agency website or by facsimile at (512) 936-4319, or, during normal operating hours, by telephone at (512) 463-5822 or (512) 463-9007 or in person at the William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building, 1701 N. Congress, room 1-109, Austin, Texas 78701.

Please read the registration instructions and procedures below.
 
A person may register himself or herself, and one other person. Organizations may not register more than two persons per item.

All speakers shall provide thirty-five (35) collated or stapled copies of their testimony. Registered speakers who are unable to make their presentations due to time constraints are encouraged to provide thirty-five (35) collated or stapled copies of their testimony for distribution to board members and agency executive staff.

Public testimony to board committees is limited to the topics posted for action or discussion on committee agendas at that specific committee meeting.

Public testimony at general meetings of the State Board of Education is limited to topics that are not posted for action or discussion at the corresponding regular committee meetings or information published in the information section of the agenda.

Three (3) minute time limits on individual oral testimony will be imposed unless modified by the presiding chair. Agency staff shall inform the presiding chair and any affected registered speakers prior to the meeting if time constraints may not allow some registered speakers to testify. Please note that testimony will be limited to two minutes per speaker on Item 1, social studies streamlining, on Nov. 13. If accommodations, such as an interpreter, are needed, please call the State Board of Education Support Division in advance at (512) 463-9007.

If the number of registrations received indicates that testimony would exceed the time allotted, the presiding chair will determine which speakers will be heard and the order in which they will be heard. A registrant must indicate the viewpoint as “For” or “Against” the item or must indicate “Comment On” if the viewpoint will offer a mixed opinion.

No signs, placards or other objects of a similar nature shall be permitted in the audience gallery area. No applause, outburst or other demonstration by any spectator shall be permitted during the public testimony, public hearing or debate portion of any State Board of Education meeting.

Public testimony registration is now closed. The link below will be active when registration is open.

I acknowledge that I have read the above instructions and procedures and am ready to proceed to registration.    

To read more on oral and written testimony, see SBOE Operating Rules, §2.10 Oral Public Testimony in Connection with Regular Board and Committee Meetings; §2.11 Written Testimony in Connection with Regular Board and Committee Meetings; and §2.12 Public Hearings.