You will find information about the legal authority of boards of trustees of Texas independent school districts on this page, as well as requirements for member training and training providers. Board members can also find information about recording continuing education credit and applying for team commendation here.
About the Board
general, the trustees of an independent school district constitute a body
corporate and have the exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the
management of the district. All powers and duties not specifically delegated by
statute to the Texas Education Agency or to the State Board of Education (SBOE) are
reserved for the trustees, and TEA may not substitute its judgment for the
lawful exercise of those powers and duties by the trustees. The trustees may
adopt rules, such as local policies and procedures, and bylaws necessary to
carry out the powers and duties. The board of trustees of a school district or
the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school has primary
responsibility for ensuring that the district or school complies with all
applicable requirements of state educational programs.
Texas Education Code Chapter 11, Subchapter D defines the powers and duties of
board of trustees of independent school districts.
The Framework for School Board Development outlines the vision, structure,
accountability, advocacy, and unity needed to provide local educational
programs and services that will promote excellence in student academic
achievement. The framework was originally adopted by the SBOE in January 1996 and was revised by the SBOE in July 2012.
School Board Training Requirements
The following continuing
education requirements are defined in SBOE rule Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.1 and Texas Government Code sections 551.005 and 552.012.
First Year Board Members
Experienced Board Members
Local District Orientation
3 hours within first 60 days
Orientation to the Texas Education Code
3 hours within first 120 days
Education Service Center
Update to the Texas Education Code
Of sufficient length to address major changes
Any registered provider
Team-building Session and Assessment of Continuing Education
Needs of the Board-Superintendent Team
3 hours annually
Any registered provider
Additional Continuing Education, based on assessed need
and Framework for School Board Development
5 hours annually
Any registered provider
Open Meetings Training
1 hour within first 90 days
Attorney General’s Office or other approved provider
Public Information Act Training
Check local district policy for board requirements
A private or professional organization, school district, government agency, college or university, or private consultant must register with TEA to provide school board members continuing education required under Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.1. TEA registers external providers of school board member training. In this context, "external providers" refers to individuals who are not school district personnel training their own school board members. To register as a provider for Independent School District (ISD) board member and officer continuing education, please complete the School Board Training Provider Registration Form. Note that this form is viewable using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
These Registered Providers are eligible to provide school board member training for school districts and charters. These private or professional organizations, school districts government agencies, colleges or universities, or private consultants are NOT eligible to provide the Lone Star Governance or the Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes without first becoming Authorized Providers. Registrations are valid for three years past the year of registration.
Authorized Providers are eligible to
provide the Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes required training,
as well as other school board member training for school districts and
charters. Visit the Authorized Providers page for a list of providers as well as information on how to become an Authorized Provider.
Continuing Education Credit
Members of the Texas Association of School Boards
(TASB) and district designees can view and print board member training reports
Continuing Education Credit Reporting Service. The district record keeper may
also enter and track credit for non-TASB sponsored training events through the
teams that receive at least eight hours of the continuing education specified
in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.1 subsection (k) are
eligible for commendation. The SBOE has established this
commendation in recognition of the importance of working together as a team for
the benefit of Texas' children. Complete and return the commendation eligibility form to apply.