Tribpedia: State Board Of Education

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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 set ...

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SBOE Will No Longer Approve Charter Applicants

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For the first time since the charter school system was created in 1995, the state education board will no longer play a central role in determining which charter school applications get approved. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

 

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.

Court Order Blocks District's Use of CSCOPE Lessons

A group of of plaintiffs in the Llano Independent School District has obtained a court order banning the use of CSCOPE lessons until those lessons get State Board of Education approval.

Latisha Andrews is shown on the playground of Beta Academy, which is housed at the Christian Temple Assembly of God Church in Houston on Aug. 6, 2013. She is applying to convert the private school into a charter school.
Latisha Andrews is shown on the playground of Beta Academy, which is housed at the Christian Temple Assembly of God Church in Houston on Aug. 6, 2013. She is applying to convert the private school into a charter school.

Charter Schools in Churches a Focus of Praise, Concerns

Since the charter school system was established in 1995, schools with ties to faith-based organizations have cropped up in cities across Texas. Proponents say such moves are a result of smart budgeting, but critics have concerns about oversight and worry that faith-based instruction could enter some classrooms.

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Students in Yvonne McDaniel's Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participate in English-language exercises during summer school at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.
Students in Yvonne McDaniel's Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participate in English-language exercises during summer school at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.

Council to Study Extended Learning Programs at Schools

The state’s new Expanded Learning Opportunities Council will be charged with developing a statewide action plan to improve and create extended learning opportunities in public schools. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Leave HB 5 to School Districts, Aycock Tells SBOE

Lawmakers wanted flexibility for local school districts to “have it their way” in implementing new high school curriculum requirements, House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock told the State Board of Education Friday.

State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.

CSCOPE Changes Focus of Confusion at SBOE Meeting

UPDATED: The State Board of Education will take up the issue of whether school districts can continue to use lessons from a controversial state curriculum system at its September meeting. And the Texas Attorney General's office, along with Education Chairman Dan Patrick, has requested an official state audit of the program.

Freshman Sen. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, listens to Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston on January 9, 2013.
Freshman Sen. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, listens to Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston on January 9, 2013.

CSCOPE to No Longer Offer Lesson Plans to Texas Schools

Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick announced that CSCOPE, the state's curriculum delivery system that has generated hours of testimony in multiple hearings before legislative committees and the State Board of Education, would no longer offer lesson plans to Texas school districts.

Education consultant and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, l, visits with Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, before the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 27, 2013.
Education consultant and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, l, visits with Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, before the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 27, 2013.

Sweeping Effort to Expand Charter Schools Faces Hurdles

Sen. Dan Patrick's Senate Bill 2 is the most ambitious attempt to expand the state’s charter school system since it was established in 1995. It will have to pass a Legislature that defeated more modest proposals in 2011. Despite seemingly fertile ground in Texas for policies based on a philosophy that low regulation and high competition encourages innovation, related policies have struggled to take root.

Educator Barbara Cargill answers a question from Sen Kirk Watson, D-Austin, at the Senate Nominations Committee meeting Feb. 11, 2013.
Educator Barbara Cargill answers a question from Sen Kirk Watson, D-Austin, at the Senate Nominations Committee meeting Feb. 11, 2013.

Senators to Vote on Education Board Leader's Nomination

On Monday, a panel of senators questioned Barbara Cargill on her appointment to lead the State Board of Education. If she wins their approval, she will be the first SBOE leader to earn confirmation from the Legislature since 2005.

Governor Rick Perry offers words of advice to new and veteran House members during a speech on the opening of the 83rd Legislative Session on January 8, 2013
Governor Rick Perry offers words of advice to new and veteran House members during a speech on the opening of the 83rd Legislative Session on January 8, 2013

Rick Perry To SBOE: More Charters, Career/Tech Courses

Gov. Rick Perry's brief remarks at the State Board of Education Friday echoed his biennial State of the State address, where he called for the creation of more charter schools and the expansion of career and technical courses for high school students.

State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.
State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.

El Paso SBOE Candidate Has Little Campaign Presence

El Paso Democrat Martha Dominguez's apparent absence from the campaign trail has prompted her opponent to call her a "ghost," and has sparked criticism from members of her own party. But that may not stop the State Board of Education candidate, who has spent $45 on her race so far, from winning a contest that she has tried to withdraw from once already.

Austin Children's Museum volunteer Alyssa Guiliani helps kids finish their kinetic energy projects at Secret Scientists summer camp in Austin, Texas. Wednesday June 27, 2012.
Austin Children's Museum volunteer Alyssa Guiliani helps kids finish their kinetic energy projects at Secret Scientists summer camp in Austin, Texas. Wednesday June 27, 2012.

Texas Won't Adopt Common Science Standards Soon

In Texas, where the curriculum-setting State Board of Education has engaged in high-profile skirmishes over science education, there won't be a rush to implement new nationally developed common standardsMake that a “zero percent chance,” said Barbara Cargill, the board's Republican chairwoman.

Scott Thurman, director of The Revisionaries
Scott Thurman, director of The Revisionaries

Scott Thurman: The TT Interview

The director of The Revisionaries, a new documentary about the Texas State Board of Education’s contentious battle over science and history education, doesn't consider his film a propaganda piece. "There’s an emotional objectivity in how we portray the characters," he insists.

Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011
Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011

Texas House Committee Debates Size of SBOE Districts

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The 15 members of the State Board of Education share three staffers and at times must travel hundreds of miles to meet with constituents. At a hearing on Tuesday, the House Redistricting Committee heard debate on whether members can adequately represent such large districts.

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.
Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.

New Math Standards Get Blowback from Business Community

As the State Board of Education prepares to approve new K-12 math standards, it is receiving significant pushback from leaders in Texas' business community, who contend that the standards are not up to snuff. One expert described them as "a wordy, sometimes incoherent and often garbled document."

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/14/11

Aaronson on the sharp rise in the number of Texans on food stamps, Aguilar investigates the Black Market Peso Exchange, Grissom on the humbling of John Bradley, Hamilton on the tweet heard round the world, Ramsey and Murphy on the newest redistricting maps, Ramsey on why Formula 1 screeched to a halt, Ramshaw and Tan scrutinize Rick Perry's attack on congressional insider trading, Root on Perry's plan for a "part-time citizen Congress" and M. Smith on already ugly State Board of Ed races: The best of our best content from November 14-18, 2011.

In SBOE Races, Drama Already Running High

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With three longtime (and moderate) members stepping down and all 15 members up for re-election because of changes brought about by redistricting, political control over the divisive State Board of Education hangs in the balance. And even though the filing period has yet to begin, there are already signs that these races could get ugly.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/17/11

Hamilton on efforts to boost faculty productivity, Grissom on newly uncovered evidence in an old murder case, Galbraith on a wind-powered construction boom, Dehn unfurls the new Texas Tribune Weekend Insider, Aguilar on this year's record number of deportations, Ramshaw and Tan on budget cuts and cervical cancer screenings, M. Smith on local control over student grades, Root and Ramshaw on Rick Perry's latest debate performance, Philpott on an issue that didn't get its due in that debate and Titus and Murphy on fundraising and spending in congressional races: The best of our best content from October 17 to 21, 2011.

Texas Schools, Publishers Adjust to Power Shift

A new state law decentralizing the selection and purchase of instructional materials for Texas students has sparked debate about how it will affect the politically charged State Board of Education's power to control what’s taught in Texas classrooms. For schools and publishers, it's a big adjustment.

Public & Higher Education at The Texas Tribune Festival

We'll be liveblogging throughout the weekend from The Texas Tribune Festival's public and higher education track — which includes panels on the role research should play at state universities, how to pay for public education, why teacher accountability matters and what's next for the controversial State Board of Education.

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

Feds: Proposed Texas Maps Undermine Minority Vote

The new political maps for the Texas House and the state's congressional delegation don't protect the electoral power of the state's minority populations as required by the federal Voting Right Act, the Justice Department said in briefs filed in federal court Monday.