Guest Column: An SBOE That Resists the Herd Mentality

The State Board of Education has new assignments awaiting its attention. After researching and digesting the laws passed by the 82nd Legislature, new policies and rules will be debated, developed and then implemented across the state.

Probably the biggest challenge for the SBOE in its policy-making responsibilities is something that arose unexpectedly at the end of the budget process. The Texas Education Agency and its commissioner provide all administrative services for the board, its programs and policy initiatives. Budget cuts will force the TEA to abandon many grant programs that benefit local school districts. But the anticipated one-third work force ...

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