Texas Permanent School Fund

United States – Texas US$ 30.3 Billion
Established: 1854
Transparency Rating: 9
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Origin: Commodity
Firm Investment Style: Mixed
Entity Structure: Fund
Created by a legislative body in 1854, the Texas Permanent School Fund was initially funded by an appropriation of US$ 2 million. The money was to be for the benefit of Texas public schools.

The funds were available as an outcome of a US$ 10 million dollar payment from the U.S. government in exchange for giving up claims to western lands claimed by the former Republic of Texas.

Fast forward to 1953 when the U.S. Congress passed the Submerged Lands Acts that relinquished to coastal states all rights of the U.S. navigable waters within state boundaries. A key source of funding for the fund is its investment returns and oil, gas and mineral royalty payments and leases from the land.

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Texas Permanent School Fund
400 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas, 78701
United States

The Texas Permanent School Fund’s investments are managed by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). The SBOE is comprised of fifteen elected members.

Administrative duties related to these assets reside with the permanent fund’s investment office, which is a division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). TEA is under the guidance of the Texas Commissioner of Education, appointed by the Texas Governor.