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.


Republican incumbent Ken Mercer faces 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.

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