List of school districts in Texas

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This is a list of the school districts in Texas.

The Texas school system (prekindergarten-grade 12) operates within districts governed by locally elected school boards members and superintendents. Texas has 840 school districts. Geographical School districts in Texas are (with one exception, the Stafford Municipal School District) completely independent from city or county jurisdiction. All districts come under the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency.

The Texas state constitution requires that the state offer not only a free public school system but also to provide a "general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people."[1] Essentially, state public education should provide the resources to prepare children to participate in the "social, economic, and educational opportunities of (the) state and nation."[2]

Transparency

See also: Evaluation of Texas school district websites

The state comptroller's office currently hosts Texas Transparency Check-Up which analyzes the transparency of Texas' school districts. The site currently includes budget data for some of the school districts but not all. In 2009, it is reported that the site will include a "transparency report card" in which school distritcs will be given a grade on transparency. Comptroller Susan Combs said that she recommends that all public agencies adopt “best practices” in financial transparency. "Best practices" include posting online information including: financial documents, budgets, financial reports and check registers.[3]

  • In late June 2009, the Austin school district filed a suit against the Texas Attorney General after the state's law agency ordered the release of certain records to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Requests were made in regards to the district's hiring practices.[4]
  • In April 2009, local citizens said that public records requests at the Nederland school district was met with resistance: an approximately $400 fee and a 17 day waiting period. However, school officials argued that the documents requested, for use in battling a Nederland ISD bond issue proposal on the May 9 ballot, were take several hours to gather the requested documents.[5]


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