Public Testimony Registration Instructions and Procedures

 

Individuals may register on the website or by FAX between 8 a.m. on Friday through 5 p.m. on Monday prior to the board meeting; or, in person or by telephone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Friday and Monday prior to the board meeting, with the appropriate agency office.   

    Committee of the Full Board and SBOE General Board Meeting  Office of the State Board of Education 
    WBT Room 1-109, (512) 463-9007, FAX: (512) 936-4319

    Committee on Instruction – Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs
    WBT Room 3-121Q, (512) 463-9087, FAX: (512) 475-3667

    Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund – Office of School Finance
    WBT Room 4-157C, (512) 463-4554, FAX: (512) 305-9165

    Committee on School Initiatives – Division of Charter School Administration
    WBT Room 5-107, (512) 463-9575, FAX: (512) 463-9732

William B. Travis (WBT) State Office Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701
www.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/

A person may register himself or herself, and one other person. Organizations may not register more than two persons per item.

All speakers shall provide thirty-five (35) copies of their testimony. Registered speakers who are unable to make their presentations due to time constraints are encouraged to provide thirty-five (35) copies of their testimony for distribution to board members and agency executive staff.  

Public testimony to board committees is limited to the topics posted for action or discussion on committee agendas at that specific committee meeting. 

Public testimony at general meetings of the State Board of Education is limited to topics that are not posted for action or discussion at the corresponding regular committee meetings or information published in the information section of the agenda.

Three (3) minute time limits on individual oral testimony will be imposed unless modified by the presiding chair. Agency staff shall inform the presiding chair and any affected registered speakers prior to the meeting if time constraints may not allow some registered speakers to testify.

If the number of registrations received indicates that testimony would exceed the time allotted, the board will determine which testimony will be taken, giving priority to new speakers and, to the extent possible, alternating testimony by viewpoint. A registrant must indicate the viewpoint as “For” or “Against” the item or must indicate “Comment On” if the viewpoint will offer a mixed opinion.

No signs, placards or other objects of a similar nature shall be permitted in the audience gallery area. No applause, outburst or other demonstration by any spectator shall be permitted during the public testimony, public hearing or debate portion of any State Board of Education meeting.  

This form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or the full Acrobat program to complete. Many tablet devices, Apple Machines, or Windows 8 machines may not come with this program. You can download a free version of Acrobat Reader here:  http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Once you have completed the registration form and click on “Submit by Email to…” you should get a pop up email to send your registration form to TEA. If the pop up email does not appear, you will need to call the TEA office assigned to take the registration or you may fax your registration form to that office. Those offices are listed above.

I acknowledge that I have read the above instructions and procedures and am ready to proceed to registration.

To read more on oral and written testimony, see SBOE Operating Rules, §2.10 Oral Public Testimony in Connection with Regular Board and Committee Meetings; §2.11 Written Testimony in Connection with Regular Board and Committee Meetings; and §2.12 Public Hearings.

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