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 ...

SBOE May Get Private Funds to See Out-of-State Charters

A proposal under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education would allow private foundations to pay for elected officials on the 15-member board to visit out-of-state charter schools whose applications they approve. Critics say private funds shouldn't pay for any part of a process used to evaluate whether charters should receive taxpayer money. 

CSCOPE, Algebra II Emerge as Issues in SBOE Primaries

How the Texas State Board of Education has handled its purview over curriculum standards has cropped up in three primary races that will likely determine who will join the board in January. Two longtime Republican incumbents face challengers, and three candidates are vying to replace a Democrat who is not seeking re-election. 

 

State's OK Sought for Mexican-American Studies Class

Supporters of adding Mexican-American studies as an official Texas high school course say time is running out for the State Board of Education to approve the class for next school year. Opponents argue that districts already have the authority to develop the class, but supporters say that doesn’t go far enough.

 

 

News App: Expanding the Ethics Explorer

We've expanded the elected officials in our Ethics Explorer to include the nine judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the 15 members of the State Board of Education. We've also updated our existing analysis on members of the Legislature to include bills authored and sponsored during the 83rd legislative session. 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.

Abbott, Davis Go After the Education Vote Differently

The two leading candidates for governor are making education a talking point in their campaigns. Attorney General Greg Abbott is exploring charter schools and virtual learning, while state Sen. Wendy Davis is focused on teacher recruitment.

Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.
Parents look over books and ask questions about curriculum during a parent information session for the new Great Hearts Monte Vista Charter School to open in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El, October 29, 2013.

SBOE Blocks Great Hearts Charter School Expansion

The State Board of Education on Friday denied an Arizona-based charter school's application for a Dallas campus, despite previous approval from the state's education commissioner. 

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.

SBOE Retreats From Algebra II in High School Grad Plans

Despite an initial proposal that had included algebra II in all five high school diploma plans created as part of a legislative overhaul in May, the State Board of Education voted Thursday to require the advanced math course only for students who specialize in math and science.

Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.
Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.

Education Chairmen Join Algebra II Fray at SBOE

Two top state lawmakers made an unexpected visit Wednesday evening to urge the State Board of Education to follow the Legislature's lead on which courses to require in high school graduation plans. Specifically, they asked the SBOE not to require Algebra II for all diplomas.

Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.

Fight Over Algebra II Moves From Texas Capitol to SBOE

The state Board of Education may decide to make algebra II a requirement for all students to receive a high school diploma  — despite the wishes of the state Legislature, which unamiously passed an overhaul of high school curriculum as a part of House Bill 5 in May. 

Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston gives opening remarks during CSCOPE debate on August 24th, 2013
Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston gives opening remarks during CSCOPE debate on August 24th, 2013

Dan Patrick Defends Charter School Bill Before SBOE

Key charter school legislation would not have passed during the last legislative session without a provision removing much of the State Board of Education's authority in approving applications, Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said Wednesday. 

 

Rally outside the TEA building where the Texas State Board of Education will be hearing public testimony on proposed new science textbooks on September 17th, 2013
Rally outside the TEA building where the Texas State Board of Education will be hearing public testimony on proposed new science textbooks on September 17th, 2013

Evolution, Textbook Review Focus of SBOE Hearing

A past Texas State Board of Education chairman and outspoken creationist urged his former colleagues on Tuesday to approve high school biology textbooks he said would "strike a final blow to the teaching of evolution." Don McLeroy's testimony diverged from other witnesses skeptical of evolution, who criticized the proposed textbooks for  inadequate coverage of alternatives to the scientific theory.

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SBOE Will No Longer Approve Charter Applicants

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.