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Regional Education Service Centers—or ESCs—were created in 1967 by the Texas Legislature, and have been charged with providing services to meet the needs of local schools and school districts. Over time, ESCs have come to play an ever increasing role in our public education system. The state is divided into 20 geographic regions, with each ESC being tasked to serve schools in the particular region.
ESCs are public entities tasked by the Texas Legislature to provide services and support that help schools be more efficient and economical. ESCs provide high quality, cost-effective support programs for local schools and districts. By working cooperatively, districts can share costs rather than fund duplicate programs. This enables local districts to direct more resources to the classroom and away from administrative and support costs.
ESCs deliver training and consulting assistance to schools and educators over a wide range of service areas to enhance the education they are providing students at the local level. ESCs provide professional development to all areas of school personnel, secure products and services at reduced prices through cooperative purchasing agreements, provide technical assistance, and perform other activities that meet the needs of schools and allow educators to focus on educating.
ESCs also partner with private entities to assist schools in purchasing items and services. Combined, the twenty ESCs partner with over 10,000 vendors for a total of over $900 million worth of goods and services. The ESCs utilize economies of scale to help districts acquire educational tools that districts would not otherwise be able to purchase, saving money and improving efficiency. Examples of purchasing cooperatives include food purchasing, energy purchasing, human resource cooperatives, and fuel purchasing. Each of these allows schools to maximize funds to improve the efficiency of the education system.
To ensure that training and consulting assistance is customized to meet an individual school’s needs, ESCs continuously examine school data and maintain an open dialogue with educators about what services ESCs provide and how they can be improved. ESCs utilize customer feedback in order to ensure that services meet the needs of the schools they serve. This feedback includes annual evaluation instruments, including evaluations of every workshop conducted, and feedback from various advisory groups.
ESCs have developed and matured into an essential partner for schools and educators in Texas. As vital partners with local schools and the Texas Education Agency, ESCs provide timely training and much needed technical assistance to maximize state funding and impact student success and other educational and operational programs.