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 Donna Bahorich, Vice Chair Marty Rowley, and Secretary Ruben Cortez, Jr.

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.

SBOE Legislative Recommendations

The State Board of Education adopted eight recommendations for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. The recommendations suggest changes to the authority of the board, as well as proposed changes in general education policies and laws. 

 Current Meeting

The next SBOE meeting will be November 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2017.

2017 SBOE Meeting Dates

    • Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2017
    • April 18-21, 2017
    • May 10, 2017     
    • June 20-23, 2017 
    • Sept. 13-15, 2017
    • Nov. 7-10, 2017

    2018 SBOE Meeting Dates

    • Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018
    • April 10-13, 2018
    • June 12-15, 2018
    • Sept. 11-14, 2018
    • Nov. 13-16, 2018

          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, call (888) 792-8686.

          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 and one Ad Hoc Committee:

          • 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.