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 Keven Ellis, Vice Chair Pam Little, and Secretary Georgina Pérez.

Priorities for the 87th 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.

Upcoming Meeting
State Board of Education Special Meeting

December 1, 2021

Recently Held Meetings
November 16-19, 2021

Joint Meeting-SBOE Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund and School Land Board
November 16, 2021

2021 SBOE Meeting Dates

  • January 26-29, 2021
  • April 13-16, 2021
  • June 22-25, 2021
  • August 31- September 3, 2021
  • November 16-19, 2021

2022 SBOE Meeting Dates

  • January 25-28, 2022
  • April 5-8, 2022
  • June 14-17, 2022
  • August 30-September 2, 2022
  • November 15-18, 2022

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

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.