Steering committee to help develop Long-Range Plan

The State Board of Education has begun establishing the membership of the 18-member Long-Range Plan Steering Committee that will help the board establish education goals for the next five to seven years.

The committee will be composed of five State Board of Education members, one representative each from the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission; and 10 stakeholders to be nominated by the remaining board members. 

Through a process of appointments and elections, the following State Board members were selected to serve on the committee: 

  • Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, the SBOE chair 
  • Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodland 
  • Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo 
  • Tom Maynard, R-Florence 
  • Georgina Pérez, D-El Paso 

 The 10 public stakeholders who will join the steering committee may be educators, parents, business and industry representatives or students. They will also represent school districts and charters of varying sizes.

A nomination form will soon be posted on the board's long-range plan webpage. 

 The 10 board members who are not themselves serving on the steering committee will review the nominations and recommend three stakeholders each. The five SBOE members on the steering committee will select the 10 stakeholders from the 30 recommended nominees.  

The steering committee will meet periodically in Austin throughout the 2017-2018 school year to draft recommended long-range priorities for public education.  

Also informing this work will be results from a survey and comments obtained during 10 SBOE-hosted public meetings held around the state. 

 The guiding principles to be followed in developing the long-range plan are: 

  • Addressing the most pressing issues facing public education in Texas; 
  • Conveying one consistent vision on statewide priorities across the State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency; 
  • Outlining clearly the board's role in supporting the priorities; 
  • Considering stakeholder input; 
  • Containing specific targets and processes to assess progress; and 
  • Appropriately balancing depth and coverage with fiscal responsibility. 

Assisting the board during this second phase of the Long-Range Plan development are the Texas Education Agency staff and the Texas Comprehensive Center at the American Institutes for Research. 

The tentative schedule calls for the board to adopt a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education at its September 2018 meeting.