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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 – Regional meetings begin this week to gather input for the new Long-Range Plan for Public Education now being developed by the State Board of Education.  The first of at least eight community meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the El Paso Community College in El Paso. The meeting will occur in the Administration Building auditorium located at 9050 Viscount Blvd. 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

State board hears ideas for schools

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Marshall ISD board President Helen Warwick was one of a number of people who spent two hours Tuesday night discussing the future of public education in Texas. It was a meeting hosted by the State Board of Education to solicit feedback on a long-range plan that will set new goals for the state through 2030. Warwick said she hopes the feedback officials are getting from throughout the state will be heard - especially when it comes to standardized testing. view article arw

Texas Board of Education President Donna Bahorich took the time during her visit to Burley Primary School in Lufkin, to touch on a subject that recently went to the Supreme Court. Texas' system of school finances was brought to court, under questions of its constitutionality.  view article arw

KILGORE — Marshall ISD board President Helen Warwick was one of a number of people who spent two hours Tuesday night discussing the future of public education in Texas.  It was a meeting hosted by the State Board of Education to solicit feedback on a long-range plan that will set new goals for the state through 2030. Warwick said she hopes the feedback officials are getting from throughout the state will be heard — especially when it comes to standardized testing. view article arw

AUSTIN -- The State Board of Education ended a months-long battle over a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook Friday, officially rejecting the text critics have lambasted as erroneous and offensive. The board voted unanimously to exclude the "Mexican American Heritage" textbook from the list of texts recommended to Texas' 1,247 school districts. However, individual schools and districts still can opt to use the book. view article arw

For the second time in the last year, the State Board of Education rejected a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook, leaving teachers without any state-approved materials for Mexican-American studies courses. The board voted almost unanimously Wednesday to reject author Tony Diaz's textbook, "The Mexican-American Studies Toolkit," a year after rejecting a different book that Mexican-American studies experts called racist. Though most did not vote for the book — only one member voted in support — Democrats on the board argued the process was not fair to Diaz, saying he was given a short period of time and little guidance to create a high-quality book. view article arw

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

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