Agenda -  William B. Travis Building - Room 1-104  - 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX  The meeting will be webcast at: read more arw

AUSTIN – Four Generation Twenty-Three charter school applicants today successfully completed the final step of the state’s charter application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2019-2020 school year once any contingencies are met. view article arw

The State Board of Education indicated in a preliminary vote on Wednesday that it would change the name of Texas' new high school Mexican-American history course to “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.” The unanimous vote came a day after activists urged the board in public testimony to scrap the title members chose for the course in April, “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” saying the longer title was an assault on their ethnic identity. view article arw

Advocates and scholars spent Tuesday, June 12 pleading with the Texas State Board of Educationto correct their many racially insensitive and historically inaccurate mistakes. In 2010, the SBOE passed such ideological social studies curriculum standards, even a conservative think tank slapped them with a failing grade for giving students a "politicized distortion of history." (That's gotta sting.) In testimony, academics suggested the board reverse its claim that slavery was not the principal cause of the Civil War, and criticized the standards for glorifying Confederate leaders such as Stonewall Jackson.  view article arw

Texas activists pushing for a high school course on Mexican-American history won a hard-fought victory in April, when the State Board of Education voted to create the class. But that victory was bittersweet, as Republicans and one Democrat on the 15-member board voted to name the course “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent” rather than “Mexican-American Studies,” the title that advocates for the class favored. view article arw

Here's the good news: The State Board of Education is making some headway on approving a long-sought Mexican-American studies course in Texas. It's past time public school students, the majority of whom are Latino, learn more about their culture and history in this country. That's why it's such a shame that a board member has picked a petty fight over what the course should be called, threatening to again derail progress and good will over an issue that's been years in the making.  At least four years of stumbling and false starts finally culminated in preliminary approval of standards for the elective course in April. But not before conservative board member David Bradley came up with a last-minute amendment to name it "Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent" instead of Mexican-American studies. view article 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

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