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About Region 17...
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
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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.
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  • Region 17 offers a wide variety of professional development and technical assistance services in the following areas:

    Teaching and Learning
    Federal Programs and School Improvement
    Student Services
    Business Services
    Information Management Services
    Child Nutrition

    In addition, Region 17 has applied for the following federal and state grants/contracts from the Texas Education Agency and other granting agencies:

    Adult Education
    ARP Homeless
    Capacity Building
    Career and Technology (CTE) Consolidated
    Child Nutrition
    CTE Shared Services Arrangement
    Crisis Response (Nurses)
    Equity Plan Support
    ESF Diagnostic Support
    ESSER II Technical Assistance
    ESSER III Technical Assistance
    IDEA-B Nontraditional Deaf Education Certification
    IDEA-B Preschool
    IDEA-B Sensory Impairments
    IDEA-B Special Education Leadership
    Innovative Staffing
    Instructional Materials (IM) Portal 
    Lesson Study
    Math Academies
    Migrant Shared Services Arrangement
    Non-Educational Community Based Support Services
    Operational Accelerated Learning
    School Improvement Facilitation
    Special Education ESC Liaison
    State Base
    State Gifted & Talented
    Statewide Services for Students with Visual Impairments (SSVI)
    Texas Home Learning (THL) Dedicated Staff
    Texas Instructional Leadership (TIL) Expansion
    Texas Strategic Leadership
    Texas Tutoring Support
    TIL Lead
    Title I, Part A ESSA Basic/Technical Assistance
    Title I, Part C Migrant
    Title II, Part A
    Title III Shared Services Arrangement
    Title III, Part A Basic Services / Enhancing
    Title IV Mental & Behavioral Health Training & Support
    Title IV, Part A
    Revised: 3:53 PM 3/21/2023
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