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General Information about Region 17 Education Service Center

Region 17 Education Service Center is one of twenty regional service organizations that were created by actions of the Texas Legislature and the Texas State Board of Education in 1967. The centers are non-regulatory and each provides an array of services to support school administration and instruction. District participation in services is voluntary. The Education Service Center, Region 17's purpose is to serve school districts as defined in three directives:

 

  • To facilitate increasing student performance
  • To enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically
  • To implement state education initiatives

Public school districts included within Region 17 are located on the South Plains of West Texas, sometimes referred to as the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains). Lubbock, Texas, is the center of commerce and is the largest city in the area with a population of more than 197,000. Our school districts have diversified agricultural economies based upon agriculture production, manufacturing, distribution of goods, and production of oil and natural gas. The area also has an increasingly expanding medical and allied health based economy. There are four-year universities in the area; these institutions also offer graduate degree programs. In addition, there are several community colleges in our region.
We are passionately committed to developing and nurturing healthy, thriving learning communities across Region 17 by guiding and supporting schools in their quest for excellence.

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