Texas Commission on Special Education Funding

House Bill 1525, 87th Texas Legislature, established the Texas Commission on Special Education Funding to develop and make recommendations of financing special education in public schools. 

The commission shall develop recommendations to address issues related to special education funding.

The commission may establish one or more working groups composed of not more than three members of the commission to study, discuss, and address specific policy issues and recommendations to refer to the commission for consideration.

Not later than December 31, 2022, the commission shall prepare and deliver a report to the governor and the legislature that recommends statutory changes to improve funding for special education.

Commission Meetings

Watch live stream and recorded meetings

Monday November 14, 2022 1:30 pm - Meeting 7

Texas State Capitol Room E1.012



  • Prof. Kevin G. Welner, Director, National Education Policy Center, Professor, School of Education , University of Colorado Boulder Voucher slide 1 and Voucher slide 2 
  • Cara Candal, Policy Managing Director for ExcelinEd, ExcelinEd slide

Friday September 9, 2022 10:00 am - Meeting 6

Texas State Capitol Room E1.028



Wednesday August 10, 2022 10:00 am - Meeting 5 

Texas State Capitol Room E1.012


Monday June 27, 2022  9:00 am - Meeting 4

Texas State Capitol Room E1.014


  • Claire Bugen, Superintendent, and Justin Wedel, CFO, Texas School for the Deaf - TSD Special Education Funding
  • Dr. Marina McCormick, Region 4 RDSPD Coordinator, ESC Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf - Region 4 RDSPD Funding
  • Ms. Debbie Martin, Plano RDSPD Coordinator, Plano ISD Regional Day School Program for the Deaf - Plano ISD RDSPD Funding
  • Marti Boone, Executive Director, Be An Angel Fund, Inc. and Dan Pastorini, President and CEO – Dan Pastorini Quality Foods, Chairman – Be An Angel Fund, Inc. - Be An Angel Funding


    Monday May 23, 2022 10:00 am - Meeting 3

    Texas State Capitol Room E1.010

    Secretary of State


    Monday April 25, 2022 10:00 am - Meeting 2

    Texas State Capitol Room E1.010 

    Secretary of State

    Presentations - Texas CFOs     

    Presentations - Texas District SPED Directors


    Thursday March 17, 2022 10:00 am - Meeting 1

    Texas State Capitol Room E2.010



    Meeting Schedule

    Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the:
    State Capitol Building 
    1100 Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701                                                                                                                                   

    Contact Information

    Hunter Thompson 
    TEA Governmental Relations 
    Phone: (512)-463-9682