The following was included in TCTA's 2017-18 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2017 but is subject to change.

District-level and campus committees were designed to ensure that teachers, parents and community members have an active voice in local education matters. Teacher representatives on the committees are to be elected by the teachers of the district/campus. The committees may develop an appraisal process and performance criteria for district teachers, and must be consulted if the district adopts a local process and criteria for appraisal instead of using the process recommended by the commissioner of education. A district seeking a waiver from rule or law must submit to the commissioner an application and written comments from either the campus- or district-level committee. The superintendent must regularly consult with the district-level committee, and the principal must regularly consult with the campus-level committee. 

District-level committees

A district can initiate the process to become a District of Innovation by either a resolution adopted by the board of trustees or a petition signed by the majority of the members of the district-level committee. If a district chooses to proceed, the plan describing the education program and the laws from which the district seeks exemption must be approved by a majority of the district committee prior to a vote by the school board. Because a District of Innovation can exempt itself from many laws, including those protecting teacher rights and benefits, the district committee’s role is crucial.

The legislature has provided specific procedures for the selection and composition of the district-level committee. At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff representatives must be classroom teachers. If practicable, the committee shall also include at least one professional staff representative primarily responsible for educating students with disabilities. The professional staff representatives on the committee must be nominated and elected by the professional staff of the district. Board policy also must provide procedures for the selection of parents to the committee, as well as community members and business representatives, in a manner that provides for appropriate representation of the community’s diversity. Members should review district policies for specific committee requirements. 

District-level committees also assist the superintendent in developing, reviewing and annually revising the district’s improvement plan. The plan must include provisions for a comprehensive needs assessment addressing student performance, measurable district performance objectives and strategies for improving student performance.

Campus-level committees

Campus-level SBDM committees assist the principal of each campus in developing, reviewing and revising the campus improvement plan. The committee is to be involved in decisions in the areas of planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development and school organization. Staff development must be primarily campus-based and developed and approved by the campus-level committees. Districtwide staff development may be used only if it is developed and approved through the district-level SBDM process.