$57.7B (32.8%) of the total budget. Encompasses public assistance, Medicaid for the poor, and a variety of other programs. Provides a variety of social services, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The commission also coordinates planning, rule making, and budgeting among its four subsidiary social service agencies, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Department of State Health Services.
Established the basic decision-making organizations and financial arrangements for public education in the state. 4 year overlapping terms in 15 single member districts, and together they establish general rules and guidelines for the TEA. The SBOE leaves most routine managerial decisions to the Commissioner of Education.
SBOE selects a list of approved textbooks that the state may buy for public school courses. Intense political battles between conservative and liberal groups. SBOE can only determine the "accuracy" of textbooks, but it has used this power to pressure publisher to submit text that reflect the political and religious values of its members.