The Texas Commission on Virtual Education was created during the 87th Session by HB 3643 to develop recommendations on the delivery of virtual education in the public school system and state funding for virtual education under the Foundation School Program. The Commission is made up of 13 members appointed in groups of 4 by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House, and one member appointed by the State Board of Education Chair.


Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott

  • Rex William Gore (Austin) – Chair
  • Bernard “Bernie” Francis (Addison)
  • Hannah Elizabeth Clayson Smith (Washington, DC)
  • Josue Raul Tamarez Torres (Dallas)

Appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

  • Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
  • Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood)
  • Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas)
  • Dr. Annette Tielle

Appointed by House Speaker Dade Phelan

  • Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian)
  • Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano)
  • Rep. Eddie Morales (D-Eagle Pass)
  • Dr. Danny Lovett

Appointed by SBOE Chair Kevin Ellis

  • Pam Little (R-Fairview)