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.


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.

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