SBOE - State Board of Education

The State Board of Education (SBOE) sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The primary responsibilities of the SBOE include:

  • Setting curriculum standards
  • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
  • Establishing graduation requirements
  • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
  • Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts
  • 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 Keven Ellis, Vice Chair Marty Rowley, and Secretary Georgina Pérez.

Board Meetings

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.

Current or Upcoming Meeting

Due to Governor Greg Abbott’s March 13, 2020 proclamation of a state of disaster affecting all counties in Texas due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Governor’s March 16, 2020 suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, arrangements are being made for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to conduct its April meeting virtually. The SBOE is expected to limit its agenda to those items that require immediate action. Members of the public will have access and a means to participate in this meeting, and details will be shared as soon as they are available. 
 
As a result of COVID-19, health and PE work group meetings were delayed. Consequently, the public hearings and discussion items related to the review and revision of health education and physical education TEKS will be postponed until May to allow sufficient time for work groups to complete their charges. Details regarding this meeting will also be shared as soon as they are available. 

2020 SBOE Meeting Dates

  • Jan. 28-31, 2020
  • April 14-17, 2020
  • June 29-July 2, 2020
  • Sept. 8-11, 2020
  • Nov. 17-20, 2020

     Meeting Webcasts

    The TEA 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, contact help@adminmonitor.com.

    Meeting Resources

    SBOE operating rules
    This includes rules that define how the SBOE conducts and takes public comments and testimony at board meetings.

    Registration 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 meeting.

    Meeting minutes
    This includes the archived SBOE meeting minutes for the past year.

    Archived schedules and agendas
    This includes the archived SBOE meeting schedules and agendas for the past year.

    Summary of actions
    This includes highlights of actions taken by the State Board of Education (SBOE) over the past year.

    Board Committees

    Although 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. Ad Hoc Committees are created from time to time to handle a specific issue. The board's standing committees are:

    • Committee on Instruction - has primary responsibility for issues dealing with curriculum and instruction, student testing, special education programs, and alternatives to social promotion.
    • Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund - has primary responsibility for the preliminary work on issues dealing with the Permanent School Fund and school finance.
    • Committee 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.