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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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.
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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