Work is under way to create a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which is expected to establish goals for Texas public schools through the year 2030. There are community meetings in Fort Worth on December 5 and Dallas on December 6.
The State Board of Education (SBOE), which under Texas law is required to adopt a plan, recently appointed the Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee, based on the advice of The Boston Consulting Group. This 18-member steering committee is made up of state board members, various stakeholder group representatives and representatives from three state agencies.
The steering committee will recommend long-term goals for Texas schools and will identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of the system.
The steering committee is scheduled to meet in Austin five times during the 2017-2018 school year. The meetings begin at 9 a.m. The meeting dates are:
- Sept. 12 2017 – Travis State Office Building, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Room 104, Austin, Texas
- Nov. 6, 2017 – American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- Feb. 21, 2018 – American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- April 9, 2018 – American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- May 14, 2018 – American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
The board is also hosting community meetings around the state to gather comments from Texans.
Those meetings are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Nov. 2– El Paso Community College, Administration Building Auditorium, 9050 Viscount Blvd., El Paso
- Nov. 14 – Region 7 Education Service Center, Oak Room, 909 North Longview St., Kilgore Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-kilgore-november-14th-tickets-38841583221
- Dec. 5 – Region 11 Education Service Center, Rooms A-D, 1451 S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-fort-worth-december-5th-tickets-39203297117
- Dec. 6 – Dallas County Community College, El Centro West – Multi Purpose Room, 3330 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-dallas-december-6th-tickets-39478972670
- Jan. 9 – Region 20 Education Service Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-san-antonio-january-9th-tickets-39529430591
- Feb. 8 – Region 4 Education Service Center, 7200 Northwest 100 Dr., Region 4 McKinney Conference Center, Rooms A-F, Houston Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-houston-february-8th-tickets-39226591792
Additional community meetings are being scheduled.
The recommendations prepared by the steering committee, as well as results from an online survey and community meetings held around the state, will be considered by the board when it ultimately adopts the long-range plan.
Adoption of a new long-range plan is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.
Important Data and Facts from 2016
About 86% of the population live spanning from North to South are in the Eastern part of the state of Texas
There are 254 counties in Texas and 96% of those counties lost population over a 6 year period
Dallas County had 41% of change in population due to international migration
In 2015, 39% of Texas population is Hispanic and 43% are Non-Hispanic White (Non-Hispanic Black make up 12% and Asian make up 5%)
Between 40% to 50% of children in Dallas county live in poverty, In Tarrant County, 30% to 40% live in poverty