In 1967 the Texas Legislature directed that the State Board of Education provide, by rules and regulations, for the establishment and operation of regional Education Service Centers (ESCs). Twenty Regional Service Centers were established to provide services to school districts throughout the state. The Centers are service organizations, not regulatory arms of the Texas Education Agency, and participation by schools in services of the centers is voluntary.
Chapter 8 of the Texas Education Code, enacted by the 75th Texas Legislature in 1997, specified the following purposes of ESCs:
Regional Education Service Centers shall:
- Assist school districts in improving student performance in each region of the system;
- Enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically; and
- Implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or the commissioner.
ESCs do not possess tax levying or bonding authority and rely on grants and contracts for funding.
Revenues are received from three primary sources. State funds, federal funds, and contracts with school districts.
Matt Simcock, Executive Director, ESC Strategy & Support
Phone: (512) 463-9187
Regional ESCs support local districts in attaining the missions, goals, and objectives set forth by the Texas Education Agency. The mission of the Texas Education Agency is "to build the capacity of the Texas public education system to provide to all students a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state and nation."
State-provided financial support must be used to develop, maintain, and deliver services to improve student and school district performance.
Services must also be provided that:
Enable districts to operate more efficiently and economically
Assist in teaching a variety of subject areas
Address districts rated academically unacceptable under the state system of accreditation
Promote compliance with state laws and rules
The ESCs provide school districts an array of services customized to the regional context. The ESCs deliver these services in a manner deemed appropriate. In some instances, services are delivered at the ESC and in other cases the ESC representatives provide technical assistance on-site in school districts. School districts may procure many of these services throughout the year. Mission critical services are often delivered with additional resources to further support school district beyond the initial service delivery.
Each education service center is governed by a seven-member lay board. Members of the Boards of Directors are elected by members of local district board of trustees located in each region.
These boards develop policies regarding center management and operation, programs and services to be offered, and financial support. Also, boards are empowered to employ and dismiss an executive director subject to the approval of the commissioner. The commissioner has broad responsibility and authority concerning the number and location of centers, regional boundaries, and the allocation of state and federal funds among centers.
In addition to evaluations performed by Regional Boards and Center clients, each ESC is evaluated annually by the commissioner. This evaluation includes:
- an audit of the Center's finances.
- a review of the Center's performance on standards and indicators established by the Texas Legislature and the Commissioner,
- a review of client satisfaction regarding services provided, and
- other factors deemed appropriate by the Commissioner.
ESCs found to be deficient based on these accountability measures are subject to sanctions by the Commissioner.
Education Service Centers Map
This table provides contact information for the 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs) in Texas. To see a map of counties and districts in each ESC region, use the Texas Education Agency's School District Locator tool. You can also search for ESC staff members statewide using the Texas Education Directory.
1 - Edinburg
Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez
1900 West Schunior Edinburg, TX 78541
2 – Corpus Christi
Dr. Rick Alvarado
209 North Water Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401
3 – Victoria
Mrs. Charlotte Baker
1905 Leary Lane Victoria, TX 77901
4 – Houston
Dr. Pam Wells
7145 West Tidwell Houston, TX 77092
5 – Beaumont
Dr. Danny Lovett
350 Pine Street, Suite 500 Beaumont, TX 77701
6 – Huntsville
Mr. Michael Holland
3332 Montgomery Road Huntsville, TX 77340
7 – Kilgore
Mrs. Elizabeth Abernethy
1909 N. Longview Street Kilgore, TX 75662
8 – Mount Pleasant
Dr. David W. Fitts
4845 U.S. Highway 271 N. Pittsburg, TX 75686
9 – Wichita Falls
Mr. West Pierce
301 Loop 11 Wichita Falls, TX 76306
10 – Richardson
Dr. Gordon Taylor
400 E. Spring Valley Road Richardson, TX. 75081
11 – Fort Worth
Dr. Clyde Steelman
1451 S. Cherry Lane White Settlement, TX 76108
12 – Waco
Dr. Jerry Maze
P. O. Box 23409 Waco, TX 76702-3409
Location: 2101 W. Loop 340, 76712
13 – Austin
Mr. Rich Elsasser
5701 Springdale Road Austin, TX 78723
14 – Abilene
1850 Highway 351 Abilene, TX 79601
15 – San Angelo
Mr. Casey Callahan
P. O. Box 5199 San Angelo, TX 76902-5199
Location: 612 South Irene Street, 76903
16 – Amarillo
Mr. Ray Cogburn
5800 Bell Street Amarillo, TX 79109
17 – Lubbock
Dr. Kyle Wargo
1111 West Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79416
18 – Midland
Dr. Dewitt Smith
P. O. Box 60580 Midland, TX 79711-0580
Location: 2811 LaForce Blvd., 79706
19 – El Paso
Dr. Armando Aguirre
P. O. Box 971127 El Paso, TX 79997-1127
Location: 6611 Boeing Drive, 79925
20 – San Antonio
Dr. Jeff Goldhorn
1314 Hines Avenue San Antonio, TX 78208