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. 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 Pam Little, and Secretary vacant.

Priorities for the 88th Texas Legislative Session

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.

Currently-held Meetings

Due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education will be postponing all business to Thursday, February 2, and Friday, February 3.

The State Board of Education will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, to take up the following items:

  •       Drawing for terms of office
  •       Operating rules
  •       Election of Officers
  •       Announcement of committees

Upon adjournment of the SBOE, the Committee of the Full Board will convene to address necessary items originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 1.

Upon adjournment of the Committee of the Full Board, the Committee on Instruction, Committee on School Initiatives, and PSF Corporation will meet. Upon adjournment of the PSF Corporation, the Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund will convene.

The swearing in ceremony will be conducted on Friday, February 3, followed by the regular business of the State Board of Education.

  • February 2, 2023 (Meeting of the Texas Permanent School Fund Corporation)-see update above

Recently-held Meetings

2023 SBOE Meeting Dates

  • January 31-February 3, 2023
  • April 11-14, 2023
  • June 20-23, 2023
  • August 29-September 1, 2023
  • November 14-17, 2023

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.

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.