Over her 16 years on the State Board of Education, Pat Hardy has rallied for her share of socially conservative measures. She's endorsed keeping "pro-American" values in history textbooks. She's backed emphasizing "states' rights" instead of slavery as the cause of the Civil War. And she's supported teaching "both sides" of arguments around climate change. view article arw

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

January 3105:45 AM

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

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