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January 2021 Committee on School Initiatives Item 1

Election of Chair

January 28, 2021


SUMMARY:  State Board of Education (SBOE) operating rules call for each committee to elect a chair from among its members. This item provides an opportunity for the Committee on School Initiatives to elect a chair at this meeting if the SBOE retains the existing committee structure. The chair may then appoint a vice chair. If the board changes the committee structure, the committee may elect a member to preside over this first meeting only.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code, §7.107(b).

TEC, §7.107(b) requires the SBOE to organize and adopt operating rules at the first meeting after an election and qualification of new members.

The full text of the statutory citation can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION:  A committee chair was last elected on January 31, 2019.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  The board is required to organize at the first meeting after the election and qualification of new members. Section 1.2(d) of the board’s operating rules require each standing committee to elect a chair from among its members and the chair may appoint a vice chair. An officer of the board is not eligible to serve as the chair of a standing committee.

Staff Member Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services