Who is responsible for public education in Texas?
The Commissioner of Education, the State Board of Education, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guide and monitor public education in Texas. The State Board provides leadership and state level administration, and the Commissioner and TEA staff implement education policy as prescribed by law. Texas has delegated much of the responsibility for education to the local school board. Locally elected school boards are political subdivisions carrying out a state function. Despite somewhat prescriptive state and federal law and State Board of Education or Commissioner's rule, local school districts have significant latitude in governing the schools.