Areas of oversight for State Board of Education Committees

The State Board of Education conducts much of its work in committees. It routinely meets as the Committee of the Full Board, which involves all 15 board members. The board also has three standing committees made up of five members each. The duties of the committees and their membership are listed below.

Committee of the Full Board
(All SBOE members serve on this committee.)

1. Public testimony
2. Establishment of essential knowledge and skills (TEKS)
3. Adopt instructional materials

Committee on Instruction
(Chair Sue Melton-Malone of Robinson, Vice Chair Pam Little of Fairview, Aicha Davis of Dallas, Georgina Pérez of El Paso, and Marty Rowley of Amarillo)

1. Establishment of curriculum and graduation requirements
2. Curriculum implementation (including procedures concerning dyslexia and related disorders)
3. Instructional materials proclamations
4. Student assessment program implementation
5. General education
6. Education of individuals with disabilities
7. Gifted and talented education
8. Adult education
9. Library standards
10. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Handicapped/Texas School for the Deaf

Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund
(Chair Tom Maynard of Florence, Vice Chair Lawrence Allen, Jr., Donna Bahorich of Houston, Pat Hardy of Fort Worth, and Ken Mercer of San Antonio)

1. State and federal funding issues
2. Financial budgeting, reporting, and regulation
3. Contract and grant approval
4. Instructional materials financing and operations
5. Review commissioner’s annual FSP budget
6. Community education funding
7. Oversight of the Bond Guarantee Program
8. Permanent School Fund management oversight, including audit responsibility, investment objectives, and investment decisions

Committee on School Initiatives
(Chair Barbara Cargill of Conroe, Vice Chair Marisa Perez-Diaz of Converse, Ruben Cortez, Jr. of Brownsville, Keven Ellis of Lufkin, and Matt Robinson of Friendswood)
1. Long-range plans required by statute
2. Educational technology and telecommunications
3. Review and evaluation of charter school applications, revisions, and amendments the commissioner of education proposes to grant
4. State Board for Educator Certification rules review
5. School board member training policy
6. Hearing examiners
7. Military reservation and special school districts
8. Extracurricular activities
9. Home-rule school district probation and revocation