Texas Board of Education seeking nominees for planning committee

July 24, 2017 GMT

AUSTIN— The State Board of Education is seeking nominations to form a committee tasked with drafting a long-term plan for public education.

The Long Range Plan Steering Committee is set to include a total of 18 members, and 10 of these will be public stakeholders that can be educators, parents, students, and business or industry representatives, according to a news release.

The rest of the spots will be filled by one representative from the Texas Education Agency, one from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and one from the Texas Workforce Commission, as well as the chair and vice-chair of the Committee on School Initiatives.

The main guidelines in developing the long-term plan include:

• Addressing the most pressing issues facing public education in Texas;

• Conveying one consistent vision on statewide priorities;

• Outlining clearly the board’s role in supporting the priorities;

• Considering stakeholder input;

• Containing specific targets and processes to assess progress; and

• Appropriately balancing depth and coverage with fiscal responsibility.

The committee is scheduled to meet at least five times in Austin during the 2017-2018 academic year, the release states, as the current schedule calls for the plan to be adopted by the board of education in their September 2018 meeting.

Those interested in applying or nominating somebody must complete a form found on the State Board of Education Website by Aug. 4.