Texas Register, Volume 4, Number 46, Pages 2209-2232, June 22, 1979 Page: 2,212
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Establishing the Governor's Advisory Committee on Educa.
lion; prescribing its duties, functions, and methods of opera-
WHEREAS, the children and youth of Texas are one of our
greatest resources and upon which the future of this great
state is dependent; and
WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon the State of Texas and its
citizenry to provide for our children and youth the best con-
ceivable education opportunities; and
WHEREAS, the quality of basic education in our primary and
secondary public education systems is a serious concern to-
day of all Texans; and
WHEREAS, the problems of discipline in the classrooms,
social promotions, lax teacher certification, separation of
teaching and administration functions, and the ideas of
faculty senates, minimum competency testing, and the
return to an emphasis on basic curriculum need to be fully
explored and aired in a effort to improve the end product of
our education system; and
WHEREAS, the attainment of excellence in basic education
can best be served by the establishment of a meaningful com-
munication mechanism between the educators of the state
and the Governor to promote an understanding of the prob-
lems, to define the goals, and to facilitate their accomplish-
ment through the proper cooperation and coordination of the
efforts of the Office of Governor and the educators of the
WHEREAS, the establishment of a permanent advisory com-
mittee on education to have direct input to the Governor of
Texas to serve as a sounding board for his policies and
programs will greatly assist both the Governor and those in-
volved in the educational system of Texas in the performance
of their duties; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of Texas is the highest elected of.-
ficer of this state and designated by law as the chief planner
for the state; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of Texas is the proper officer to
receive input from and to coordinate educational plans with
the educational leaders of the state.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, William P. Clements, Jr., Governor of
Texas, under the authority vested in me, do hereby create
and establish the Governor's Advisory Committee on Educa-
Said committee will consist of no more than 30 members and
a chairman, designated by the Governor, broadly representa-
tive of each area of primary and secondary education, with a
composition of both professionals in education and concerned
laymen. Members will serve at the pleasure of the Governor
with terms expiring on the 7th day of June of even-numbered
years. The Governor shall designate a chairman who shall
hold such designation at the pleasure of the Governor.
Members will serve in a volunteer capacity without state pay
and without state reimbursement for travel expenses.
Said committee is directed to meet at least twice annually
and at all other times as may be directed by the chairman or
Said committee shall, in addition to the agenda set by its
chairman, make such studies and reports as the Governor
may from time to time request and shall keep the Governor
advised as to the committee's activities.
All state agencies, boards, and commissions are hereby
directed to assist fully the Governor's Advisory Committee on
Education in addition to the Governor's Office aid and other
This executive order shall be effective immediately and shall
remain in full force and effect until modified, amended, or
rescinded by me.
Issued in Austin, Texas, on June 7, 1979.
Doc. No. 793566
William P. Clements, Jr.
Governor of Texas
For further Information, please call (512) 475-3021.
Volume 4, Number 46, June 22, 1979
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