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 set the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards (TEKS) in each subject area, determining what must be taught in schools and which textbooks will be used. TEKS is the basis for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, a standardized test used to determine whether students are meeting standards at specific grade levels.

The board also oversees investment in the Permanent School Fund.

The current board members are listed online.

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The State Board of Education meets on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin to discuss biology standards, propose amendments, and vote on them. Lawrence Allen, Jr., Ken Mercer and Barbara Cargill (l-r) look over paperwork during the meeting.
The State Board of Education meets on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin to discuss biology standards, propose amendments, and vote on them. New member Georgina Pérez talks with Ruben Cortez, Jr.
The State Board of Education meets Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin to discuss biology standards, propose amendments, and vote on them. Carolina Hernandez, a student in the Houston ISD, spoke during a news conference at the Texas Education Agency on Nov. 15, 2016, about a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that educators and activists have criticized. As Hernandez spoke, she glanced at a box holding 15,000 petitions against the textbook. Cynthia Dunbar, publisher of a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook, listens to the State Board of Education on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Elected officials, educators, and activists are calling the textbook racist. The advocacy group, Texas Freedom Network, along with educators, and activists are asking the State Board of Education to reject the Mexican American heritage textbook. State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, speaks during a press conference at the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 regarding a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that educators and activists are calling racist. The advocacy group, Texas Freedom Network, along with educators, and activists are asking the State Board of Education to reject the Mexican American heritage textbook. Dr. Keven Ellis, newly elected to the State Board of Education, District 9. Republican incumbent Ken Mercer defeated Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau in the State Board of Education, District 5 race. Sen. José Menéndez at the SBOE hearing on the controversial Mexican-American studies textbook in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2016. State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill at a hearing on the controversial Mexican-American studies textbook in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2016. Sen. José Rodríguez at the SBOE hearing on the controversial Mexican-American studies textbooks in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2016. Hispanic activists, advocates and elected officials protested a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on Tuesday ahead of the Texas Board of Education's first public hearing on the text. Scholars who have reviewed it say it is riddled with factual errors and offensive ethnic stereotypes. Activist Yolanda Garza Birdwell, 76, traveled to Austin from Laguna Vista to protest a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that scholars and elected officials have decried as racist and inaccurate. The text is the product of a political system that has benefitted from racial discrimination, she said. The Texas State Board of Education is holding its first public hearing on the textbook on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Republican SBOE District 7 Candidate Rita Ashley Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011. Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education. July 18, 2008 - Rene Nunez, former Texas State Board of Education board member. Hundreds of people shows up during rally for Texas Library, Apr 13th 2011. State Board of Education member Bob Craig,  R-Lubbock,  at the board's hearing Sept. 24, 2010. An observer holds a protest sign during testimony at the State Board of Education (SBOE) textbook hearings on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. 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. State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history at the Capitol Extension. Don McLeroy, as he appeared in an interview for Al Jazeera. The 2010 Runoff Elections About 130 people signed up to address the State Board of Education about its social studies standards in a marathon meeting in January. Republicans Thomas Ratliff (left) and Don McLeroy prepare to square off for a State Board of Education primary. State Board of Education Logo

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