Tribpedia: State Board Of Education

The Texas State Board of Education is an elected 15-member body that oversees the public education system in Texas. Members run in partisan elections and represent single-member districts for four-year terms. 

The governor appoints one member to lead the board as chair. The chair, like other guberatorial appointees, is confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Every 10 years, board members ...

State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.
State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Education Board Rejects Panel to Review Textbook Errors

Weeks after a Houston-area mother sparked an uproar over a caption in her son’s ninth grade textbook that inaccurately described African slaves as “workers,” the State Board of Education tentatively approved several changes to its textbook adoption process.

 

State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.
State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.

SBOE: Trustees Can't Hire Just Anyone as Superintendent

The State Board of Education on Wednesday rejected a rule change that would have allowed school boards to hire anyone they wanted as superintendent — even if the candidate had no public education experience. But its members still seem poised to drop a requirement that superintendents have classroom experience. 

 

Video: The Future of Public Education Policy

On 11/13, I talked about the future of public education policy in Texas with state. Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, a member of the House Public Education Committee; Lizzette González Reynolds, chief deputy commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District; and Eduardo Rodriguez, interim executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development.

Education Board Members Dismiss Textbook Kerfuffle

Some State Board of Education members are dismissing a social media-driven backlash against a high school textbook the 15-member elected body approved last year that describes African slaves as immigrant “workers," with one Republican saying the whole ordeal would "make for a great Jerry Seinfeld episode: something out of nothing.”

Hempstead resident Adrienne Holland holds a sign outside of the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead.
Hempstead resident Adrienne Holland holds a sign outside of the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead.

Locals Hold Vigil, Grapple With Sandra Bland’s Death

While social media has been flooded with questions from across the country about Sandra Bland's death, students and residents in Waller County are turning out in person to protest, raise questions and honor her memory.

State Education Board to Seek GED Alternatives

Texas residents seeking to earn high school equivalency certificates may soon have less expensive, more flexible testing options. The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to seek alternative exam options a day after hearing the only high school equivalency test the state recognizes is too expensive and too difficult.

Fourth and fifth grade students at the Austin Discovery School.
Fourth and fifth grade students at the Austin Discovery School.

New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Students and Teachers

As new, more rigorous math standards hit Texas elementary and middle schools this year, school officials are reporting that they lack the resources to help teachers learn the new material. State officials adopted the revised standards to better prepare students for high school and college.

State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.
State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.

Texas Approves New Social Studies Texts — With Changes

The State Board of Education voted to adopt a new list of social studies textbooks Friday morning, following a week of intense debate and hundreds of pages of updates and corrections.

The new U.S. history framework is the first of what will be updates to all 34 AP subjects offered as a result of a redesign effort launched by the College Board in 2006.
The new U.S. history framework is the first of what will be updates to all 34 AP subjects offered as a result of a redesign effort launched by the College Board in 2006.

Publisher Pulls Textbook From SBOE Consideration

A major publisher has decided to withdraw a social studies textbook under consideration for approval in Texas amid ongoing controversy over last-minute content changes.

 

Newsreel: House Speaker, SBOE, Border Surge

Texas Weekly

This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: House Speaker Joe Straus appears to be locking down his position on the dais, the State Board of Education is again considering materials for textbooks and state leadership wants to keep the surge of law enforcement on the border in place through August.

State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill questions textbook publishers on the contents of their publications at a meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.
State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill questions textbook publishers on the contents of their publications at a meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Common Core Stymies Vote on New Textbooks

After wrangling over the proper definition of jihad and the influence of Moses on the Founding Fathers, the State Board of Education’s initial vote on new social studies textbooks was ultimately derailed by Common Core. 

State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.
State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Texas Takes Last Pass at Social Studies Textbooks

In a month, the State Board of Education will take a final vote on the social studies textbooks that will be used in the state's public schools for the next eight years. Before they do, there is still an opening for strong-willed board members to wield outsize influence on the process.

Science educator Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands speaks to the Senate Nominations Committee about her nomination as chair of the State Board of Education on Feb. 11, 2013.
Science educator Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands speaks to the Senate Nominations Committee about her nomination as chair of the State Board of Education on Feb. 11, 2013.

SBOE Members Question Teacher Prep Requirements

State Board of Education members said Thursday that they hoped to persuade regulators overseeing the teaching profession to reconsider a decision made against raising the minimum GPA for educator certification programs.

Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth-graders at Bowie High School in Austin.
Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth-graders at Bowie High School in Austin.

Education Board Vote Targets Common Core Concerns

Addressing concerns that Common Core teaching standards were leaking into Texas' classrooms, the State Board of Education voted Wednesday in support of amending its rules to clarify that teachers are required to teach to the state curriculum — even when teaching an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course.

History Scholars Criticize Social Studies Textbooks

Scholars hired by the Texas Freedom Network criticized social studies textbooks up for consideration by the State Board of Education, saying they exaggerate Judeo-Christian influence on America’s founding, while downplaying violence in the spread of Christianity. But a member of the board said their concerns are likely to fall on deaf ears.

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at Tribune event on Jan. 10, 2013.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at Tribune event on Jan. 10, 2013.

Williams Discusses Decision to Approve Charter

UPDATED: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told State Board of Education members Wednesday that when he approved an Arizona-based charter school's expansion into the Dallas area, he was following the spirit of a 2013 law intended to encourage high-quality charter operators to come to the state. 

A public education rally at the Capitol on March 11, 2013, sponsored by the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
A public education rally at the Capitol on March 11, 2013, sponsored by the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

Houston Teachers Sue Over Student Test-Based Evaluation

Seven teachers, backed by the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers, are suing the Houston school district over a new approach tying standardized test results to pay and employment decisions.