The State Board of Education is considering creating standards for an official Mexican-American studies high school course, after two failed attempts to approve a textbook for the subject. Advocates, including many professors and teachers, urged the board Tuesday to set coherent curriculum and graduation requirements for a course they said is already being taught to hundreds of students across the state and that is important for the state's majority-Hispanic student body. The hearing comes almost two months after the board voted not to approve a Mexican-American studies textbook submission from a local publisher, leaving teachers with no state-approved resources to offer the course. view article arw

SBOE to Meet Jan. 30-Feb. 2

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The agenda for the State Board of Education's January-February meeting is available. The meeting will also be livestreamed. NOTE: The Jan. 31 event at the Austin Convention Center will not be livestreamed . - Committee of  the Full Board--Work Session Learning Roundtable: Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Top Teachers read more arw

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance will meet for the first time Tuesday morning as it starts to develop legislative recommendations for overhauling a rundown system for funding public education. The meeting, which is open to the public but only hearing invited testimony, will be held at 10 a.m. CST on Tuesday in Room 1-104 in the State Board of Education's William B. Travis Building in downtown Austin. view article arw

s part of the planning process for a long-range plan for public education, the Texas State Board of Education will hold a community meeting in Salado on Jan. 18. view article arw

State officials say they want engaged families, quality teachers and better access to opportunities for all students. But how does Texas get there?  The State Board of Education has kicked off work to build Texas’ next long-range plan for public schools, which officials hope will be the blueprint that drives future policy decisions and even legislation  Texans who are gathering at a series of public forums on the plan agree, but they’re adamant that they want a plan with teeth, too, to make sure kids are ready for life after high school, whether that be in college or a career. view article arw

AUSTIN — Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, one of the longest-serving members of the state Board of Education in Texas history, announced Saturday that she is retiring. Miller, R-Dallas, said she'll serve until her term expires in January 2019 but won't seek re-election.  "During my 32 years in office we accomplished a lot and greatly improved the education in our state," she said in a written statement. "I am especially proud of the law I helped pass to set up the program for dyslexic children, their parents and teachers, and for leading the fight to protect the Permanent School Fund from being raided." view article arw

AUSTIN - Texas still has no state-approved Mexican-American studies textbook for teachers to use in their classrooms, but that hasn't stopped some schools from offering the course. In November, the State Board of Education rejected a Mexican-American studies textbook for the second time in a year, with board members arguing that the book wasn't expansive enough and was laden with errors. The board's decision came a year after rejecting another book some experts called racist.  But board members and school officials say many schools are already offering Mexican-American studies, using several books and other instructional materials to teach the complex subject of Mexican-American history, identity and culture. view article arw

State Board of Education members are hosting nine regional meetings around Texas to gather input for the Long-Range Plan for Public Education that is being developed.  State Board of Education members are hosting nine regional meetings around Texas to gather input for the new Long-Range Plan for Public Education that is being developed.  The next meetings are scheduled for Dec. 5 in Fort Worth and Dec. 6 in Dallas. view article arw

The country’s largest educational endowment, the Texas Permanent School Fund (the Fund), just got bigger. Figures released this month show that it has reached a new record high value. As of Aug. 31, 2017 which is the end of the fiscal year, the Fund was valued at $41.44 billion (unaudited). Of that, $32.73 billion is managed by the State Board of Education and administered by the Texas Education Agency staff. The remaining $8.7 billion is managed by the School Land Board and administered by the General Land Office.  This newest value represents a total increase of $4.16 billion over the past year. view article arw

Conversations about the news get lively at news-journal.com, where commenters are encouraged to weigh in on stories via Facebook. Here's a sampling of some recent comments: Supporting Amtrak Regarding "Editorial: Note to Washington — Amtrak is important," Saturday: "Excellent article! Keep the pressure on Congress." "Why is it that federal funding for air traffic controllers is referred to as an appropriation, and federal funding for highways is always referred to as an investment, but federal funding for Amtrak is always referred to as being a subsidy?" 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