Texas Education Agency

Texas Education Agency

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The Gilmer-Aikin Act of 1949 established the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In doing so, it abolished the elective office of State Superintendent created in 1884 and the appointed State Board of Education created in 1929, in favor of a central agency responsible for the administration of public education. The agency comprises an elected State Board of Education, an appointed State Board for Educator Certification, a Governor-appointed Commissioner of Education, and a staff of up to 1,038.8 full-time equivalent positions for the 2010-11 biennium.

The agency's stated mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy. The statewide public education system serves approximately 4.5 million students in average daily attendance at 8,321 campuses located in 1,036 independent school districts and on 436 charter school campuses.

Agency Goals and Strategies

TEA's budget is structured under two goals. The first goal, Provide Education System Leadership, Guidance, and Resources, comprises the Foundation School Program (FSP) and major program initiatives that focus on student instruction. The second goal, Provide System Oversight and Support, provides for the assessment and accountability system and resources for the assessment and accountability system and resources for instructional materials, technology, safe schools, child nutrition, educator certification, and other programs that provide support to educators and to public schools. TEA administration is also included under the second goal.


Method of Financing August 31, 2014 August 31, 2015

General Revenue Fund
General Revenue Fund $160,772,917 $159,561,550
Available School Fund No. 002, estimated $1,350,059,048 $1,242,150,048
Instructional Materials Fund No. 003 $421,553,852 $421,552,316
Foundation School Fund No. 193, estimated $13,680,028,173 $14,192,521,010
Certification and Assessment Fees (General Revenue Fund) $22,431,248 $22,426,688
GR MOE for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Lottery Proceeds, estimated $1,035,518,000 $1,039,775,000
Educator Excellence Fund No. 5135 $16,000,000 $16,000,000
Subtotal, General Revenue Fund $16,688,363,238 $17,095,986,612

General Revenue Fund - Dedicated
Specialty License Plates General $31,906 $33,496
Read to Succeed Account No. 5027 $24,000 $24,000
Knights of Columbus Plates $29,000 $29,000
Share the Road Plates $272,000 $272,000
Subtotal, General Revenue Fund - Dedicated $356,906 $358,496

Federal Funds
Federal Funds $13,526,381 $13,521,704
Federal Health, Education and Welfare Fund No. 148 $3,154,741,580 $3,153,012,653
Federal School Lunch Fund No. 171 $1,985,778,041 $2,135,828,696
Subtotal, Federal Funds $5,154,046,002 $5,302,363,053

Other Funds
Property Tax Relief Fund, estimated $2,793,098,000 $2,868,075,000
Permanent School Fund No. 044 $29,628,449 $29,621,729
Appropriated Receipts, estimated $1,132,117,637 $1,226,401,018
Interagency Contracts $12,372,713 $12,372,713
Subtotal, Other Funds $3,967,216,799 $4,136,470,460

Total, Method of Financing $25,809,982,945 $26,535,178,621