Sen. Larry Taylor, chair of the Senate Education Committee, today administered the oath of office to seven State Board of Education members who are beginning four-year terms of office.  Returning members, who were re-elected in November, are Brownsville businessman Ruben Cortez, Jr.; San Antonio education administrator Marisa Perez-Diaz; Houston educator Lawrence Allen, Jr.; and retired Fort Worth educator Pat Hardy.  Members joining the board for the first time are Friendswood urologist Matt Robinson; Fairview businesswoman Pam Little; and Dallas educator Aicha Davis.  About half of the board is elected each general election cycle. view article arw

As new Texas State Board of Education members were sworn in today for their first meeting this year, SBOE member Ruben Cortez took a strong stand for public schools by moving to amend board operating rules to allow its School Initiatives Committee to review charter school expansion amendments, which is the predominant way new charter campuses are opened. Currently, the appointed commissioner of education is the sole authorizer of new charter campuses. The commissioner approved 400 new charter campuses in the last six years alone. Cortez cited a letter from the Texas Association of School Administrators expressing concern over the rapid proliferation of charter campuses, which currently requires no public input or board oversight. view article arw

Greg Alvord of Aubrey announced his intention to run as a Democrat for the District 14 seat on the Texas State Board of Education in 2020. District 14 covers Denton County as well as 20 other counties in North and Central Texas, including Wise, Ellis, Johnson and Jack counties. view article arw

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommended a 6.6 percent increase for its 2020-21 FY budget in order to fund public higher education institutions throughout Texas, but the 86th Texas Legislature has so far only committed to a portion of that. House and Senate bills introduced this year offer a 3.9 percent increase, up to $339.8 million, totaling nearly $9 billion over the course of the biennium, according to the board. view article arw

As part of the new Long-Range-Plan for Public Education, the State Board of Education is recommending state-funded full-day pre-kindergarten. According to the Texas Education Agency, the plan was created with goals of access and equity, and the recommendations are to be achieved by 2030. Texas children are eligible for pre-K if they are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 and if they meet one of the following standards: federal free/reduced price lunch guidelines; unable to speak or comprehend English; currently or have been in foster care; homeless as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a; have a parent who is an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces or whose parent was injured or killed while serving on active duty as a member of the U.S. armed forces. view article arw

SBOE Summary of Actions

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The files below provide summaries that highlight actions taken by the State Board of Education (SBOE).November 16  (PDF, 87 KB) 

Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing curricula that support the academic, ethical, social, and emotional development of children, announced that the organization’s rigorous Collaborative Literacy Texas Edition is now included in the Texas State Board of Education 2019 Proclamation Adoption list. Collaborative Literacy meets both the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) required for the K–5 literacy curriculum, and Texas schools can now use Proclamation 2019-allocated funds to adopt Collaborative Literacy. view article arw

A simmering school-finance battle came back to life Wednesday in separate hearings that brought up Texas' educational endowment, the largest in the country.  While lawmakers in the Capitol recommended making significant changes to the fund, members of the State Board of Education lamented in their own meeting that the School Land Board has so far stood by a funding decision they announced in August that immediately spurred controversy.   "They need to reconsider now," state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, said Wednesday night. view article arw

The State Board of Education today adopted a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education that establishes goals through the year 2030. The plan establishes an overall goal of access and equity so that all children receive what they need to learn, thrive, and grow. This reflects a desire to have equitable access to funding, advanced courses and modern technology. Developed after assessing the strengths, opportunities, and challenges across Texas, the plan also focuses on student engagement and empowerment; family engagement and empowerment; and educator preparation, recruitment and retention as key areas that are vital to educational progress. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Responding to concerns that Texas public school students would no longer learn about Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and defenders of the Alamo, the State Board of Education took a final vote Friday to reject recommendations from board-created working groups to remove the figures from social studies curriculum.  The board on Friday unanimously approved the curriculum, cementing dozens of changes the panel made earlier this week. The new learning requirements will go into effect for middle and high school in the 2019-20 school year and the following year for elementary schools. view article arw

The State Board of Education approved amendments to a proposed Long-Range Plan for Public Education during its Sept. 11-14 meeting. Final adoption of the plan is expected to occur at the board's Nov. 13-16 meeting.  Four years in the making, this plan creates recommendations to be achieved by the year 2030 in four broad categories.  The goals of access and equity serve as the overarching vision of the proposed plan. These goals refer to funding, as well as access to advanced courses and modern technology.  view article arw

After more than 10 hours of discussion and public input, the Texas State Board of Education on Tuesday tentatively agreed to keep Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller in the state’s social studies curriculum. The majority-Republican board discussed the proposed curriculum changes and decided to keep Keller, a disability rights advocate who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a college degree, and Clinton, the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, the Dallas Morning News reported. 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