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State Board of Education: Summary of Action Items view article arw

In past legislative sessions, a bill this momentous would have been major news. But in the “worst Legislature ever,” it received almost no press coverage at all — elbowed out by bathrooms, vouchers, “show me your papers” legislation, religious freedom carve-outs and new restrictions on abortion. Senate Bill 801, authored by Senator Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 9, gives the controversy-plagued State Board of Education (SBOE) the authority to reject textbook content it deems not “suitable for the subject and grade level for which the instructional material was submitted.” That may not be as innocuous as it sounds. view article arw

AUSTIN - Revised high school English language arts and reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) standards, won final approval from State Board of Education members  June 23.The new high school TEKS will be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year.  The proposed revisions to the curriculum standards look significantly different from the existing standards because they are grouped into new strands, but the concepts remain similar. view article arw

AUSTIN — The State Board of Education will decide Friday whether to allow three new charter schools to open in the Houston area, including a school with a board member once accused of funneling contracts to her son.  The state board's Committee on School Initiatives voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow the Legacy School of Sport Sciences to go before the full board. The measure won initial approval despite objection by two Democratsconcerned  that the Varnet School's Interim Superintendent Margaret Stroud was listed as a board member of the proposed school. view article arw

Read! - AUSTIN — Members of the State's Board of Education overwhelmingly oppose school vouchers and state regulations about which bathrooms students should use -- including most of the board's Republicans. Both school vouchers and bathrooms are issues high on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's wish list of 20 matters he wants lawmakers to tackle during this summer's special legislative session, which begins July 18. Both issues failed to win House approval during this year's regular legislative session. view article arw

Beaumont Republican David Bradley, one of the State Board of Education’s most conservative members, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection Monday. First elected in 1996, Bradley said he has gotten tired of rehashing old debates on the board and said it is time for someone new to take up the position. “It’s the same debates. It’s the same arguments, and they come out with the same outcomes,” Bradley told the Houston Chronicle. view article arw

David Bradley, Southeast Texas representative for the State Board of Education, announced that he will not seek an eighth term in November of 2018. "I have a grandchild and a new sailboat," Bradley said on Monday. "It's time for someone younger." Bradley, a Southeast Texas republican, was first elected to the State Board of Education in 1996. Bradley said he was the youngest when he was elected. "Now I'm the most senior," he said. view article arw

Beaumont Republican David Bradley, one of the State Board of Education's most conservative members, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection Monday. First elected in 1996, Bradley said he has gotten tired of rehashing old debates on the board and said it is time for someone new to take up the position. "It's the same debates. It's the same arguments, and they come out with the same outcomes," Bradley told the Houston Chronicle.  view article arw

The files below provide summaries that highlight actions taken by the State Board of Education (SBOE).  For information regarding summaries of SBOE or Commissioner actions, please contact the Rulemaking Unit at 475-1497. For information regarding specific action items listed, please contact the appropriate Texas Education Agency staff as indicated in the summary pages. read more arw

Texas may change how your child understands biology when taught in a public high school classroom. The Texas' Board of Education tentatively approved changes to portions of the states Biology curriculum. Instead of asking Texas public school students to “evaluate” scientific explanations for the origins of DNA and the complexity of certain cells, the state will now ask that the students "examine" the scientific explanations for the origins of DNA and complexity of certain cells. In the past, some educators have argued that the word "evaluate" encouraged students to challenge the scientific theory of evolution and opened the door to teaching creationism. view article arw

State Board of Education Evolves

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Here's a sentence seldom seen over the past few decades: Science advocates are praising the Texas State Board of Education. Such insanity is the result of the SBOE's recent vote to scrap wording in high school biology standards that instructed students to challenge evolution. The issue dates back to 2009, when the 15-member body – then led by a young-Earth creationist and influenced by intelligent design advocates at the Discovery Institute – opened the door for anti-evolution arguments in science textbooks by adding a new curriculum requirement that students must examine "all sides of scientific evidence."  view article arw

Dr. Randy Hoyer, Superintendent of Skidmore-Tynan ISD has been named Superintendent of Schools for OGISD. Dr. Hoyer was named Lone Finalist for the position and was officially hired by the District on April 17th at the OGISD Regular Board meeting. He replaces Mr. Lynn Burton who is retiring effective June 30, 2017. view article arw

Austin – The State Board of Education today gave final approval to streamlined science standards for kindergarten through high school. Streamlining eliminates, clarifies or combines some standards without adding additional content. The board also gave preliminary approval to updated standards, known as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), for English and Spanish language arts and reading for high school. Final approval is expected to occur in June.  However, after amending English and Spanish language arts and reading standards for elementary and middle school, the board postponed the final vote on those standards until 8 a.m. May 10 to provide time for the board and Texas Agency staff to ensure that the amendments have been accurately incorporated before adoption. The two-and-a-half week delay will not affect Proclamation 2019 approved by the board. In addition, the delay will not extend the public comment period.

The Georgetown Board of Trustees has hired Fred Brent as the district's newest superintendent. view article arw