State Board of Education member Keven Ellis has been appointed to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.  The Legislature authorized the commission as part of HB 21 during this summer's special session.  The panel's goal is to "develop and make recommendations for improvements to the current public school finance system or for new methods of financing public schools."  Ellis, a Lufkin Republican, is the lone State Board of Education member named to the commission. view article arw

AUSTIN – State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich today appointed State Board member Keven Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor, to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.  The Texas Legislature authorized the commission this summer when it passed HB 21 during a special legislation session. Under provisions of the bill, the commission is “established to develop and make recommendations for improvements to the current public school finance system or for new methods of financing public schools.” read more arw

After rejecting a proposed Mexican American studies textbook that critics blasted as a racist portrayal of Latinos, members of the Texas State Board of Education have two months to review another book. If adopted in November, the new book will be added to a list of recommended textbooks available for use by Texas students next school year. view article arw

A retired Amarillo Independent School District teacher known for helping refugees in Amarillo will be honored for her volunteer work Friday by the State Board of Education. Evelyn Lyles was among 15 volunteers the board named Heroes for Children for volunteering in public schools in their communities. view article arw

Protesting a 2010 Arizona law prohibiting ethnic studies in the classroom, advocate and professor Tony Diaz once led a caravan of cars through Arizona that "smuggled" books removed from school shelves into "underground libraries" across the state.  Now he's following the letter of the law to get Texas to approve his proposal for the first state-adopted Mexican-American studies textbook, which would be used next school year. view article arw

Review Agenda - Public Testimony - Individual testimony will be taken at the time the related item comes up for committee discussion or action. The procedures for registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided online. view article arw

For most high school seniors, the year is filled with many memorable experiences – prom, graduation, selection of the college they intend to attend and a host of other once-in-a-lifetime events. Avery Bullock’s last year will be no different but she will get to add one honor to her list that no other high school senior in Texas will be able to claim. Bullock, a Weatherford High School student and Lieutenant in the Blue Belles, was recently selected to an 18-member steering committee to help the State Board of Education (SBOE) develop a long-range plan for public education. view article arw

The Texas State Board of Education appointed an advisory committee to create a long-range plan for public education, but a board member said the committee does not accurately reflect the demographic makeup of students in Texas. The board created an 18-member advisory committee that selected five members from the State Board of Education (SBOE), three agency representatives, and 10 public stakeholders to “establish broad goals for the Texas public school system.” view article arw

The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district. Some schools emphasize states’ rights in addition to slavery and stress how economic and cultural differences stoked tensions between North and South. Others highlight the battlefield acumen of Confederate commanders alongside their Union counterparts. At least one suggests that abolition represented the first time the nation lived up to its founding ideals. 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