The State Board of Education (SBOE) is a 15-member elected board that oversees the public education system of Texas. It generally meets six to eight times per year. The Board's responsibilities include:
This work is divided among three standing committees: Instruction, School Initiatives, and School Finance / Permanent School Fund.
- establishing curriculum standards and graduation requirements;
- determining passing scores for the state-mandated assessment program;
- adopting and licensing textbooks for use in public schools;
- providing for high school equivalency examinations;
- approving the creation of charter schools;
- developing plans for educating gifted and talented students;
- approving plans for coordinating services to children with disabilities;
- adopting regulations and standards for adult education programs;
- overseeing the investment of the Permanent School Fund;
- overseeing funding for the education of students at the Texas School for the Deaf and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and
- adopting rules concerning school district budgets.
The Board's members are elected from fifteen districts. Members generally serve staggered four-year terms, except in years just before and after redistricting. In 2010 there will be elections in eight districts, including District 10, and the winners will serve two-year terms. (The primary elections are going to be on March 2, and the general election is on November 2.) In 2012, following redistricting, elections will be held in all fifteen districts, some for two-year terms and some for four-year terms.
SBOE District 10 stretches across sixteen counties. It includes all of Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, De Witt, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Lee, Milam, Waller, Washington, and Williamson Counties, almost all of Fort Bend County, the northwestern third of Brazoria County, and Travis County north of the Colorado River. (See a map here.)
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