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School Governance

The Office of School Governance provides general information and resources on matters related to the powers and duties of the board of trustees of an independent school district under Chapter 11, Subchapter D of the Texas Educations Code (TEC).

About the Board of Trustees

In general, the trustees of an independent school district constitute a body corporate and have the exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the district. All powers and duties not specifically delegated by statute to the Texas Education Agency or to the State Board of Education are reserved for the trustees, and TEA may not substitute its judgment for the lawful exercise of those powers and duties by the trustees. The trustees may adopt rules, such as local policies and procedures, and bylaws necessary to carry out the powers and duties. The board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school has primary responsibility for ensuring that the district or school complies with all applicable requirements of state educational programs.

Powers and Duties of Board of Trustees of Independent School District

Reference TEC  Chapter 11, Subchapter D 

To better understand the authority of the board of trustees, it is important to review the board’s policies and procedures. Board policies include procedures for addressing the affairs and decisions of the district.

School Governance is responsible for the following:

Governance and Waivers
Phone: (512) 463-9623
Fax: (512) 475-3665 


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