Category Archives: Board of Education

CSCOPE, Charters, Graduation Requirements, and Science Textbooks Coming Up for State Hearings

CSCOPE:  A public hearing will be held on Friday, September 13, by a special State Board of Education committee created to review the much-debated CSCOPE Social Studies lesson plans. The hearing will start at 1 p.m. in Room 1-111 of … Continue reading

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Tell the State Board of Ed: Stand Up For Science!

Texas AFT urges you to sign a timely petition drawn up by our friends at the Texas Freedom Network in support of sound science instruction. Here’s TFN’s take on why this show of support is needed now to nudge the … Continue reading

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Previewing Texas AFT Testimony on Sunset Recommendations for TEA

At the November 13 hearing of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, public testimony will be taken on changes in law and rules affecting the Texas Education Agency that have been recommended by the efficiency experts on the Sunset Commission staff. … Continue reading

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Recap: Early Voting Ends Friday, July 27—Vote Early or Vote on Tuesday, July 31

In politics, unlike good literature, it pays to repeat yourself. So Texas AFT reminds you once again that you can get out and vote early through tomorrow, Friday, July 27, in the primary runoff elections that will decide Democratic and … Continue reading

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State Board of Education: Simmering Issues

The fractious State Board of Education generally kept its controversies below the boiling point this week, but there were signs of simmering discontent with key aspects of state education policy. A prime example:  Board members debated and then reaffirmed their … Continue reading

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State Board of Education Needs Sunset Review, Not Willy-Nilly Expansion

Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi told the Texas House Redistricting Committee today that lawmakers should conduct a broad sunset review of the State Board of Education before they gauge whether the Board needs to be expanded. Several legislators have … Continue reading

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Scathing Report on Texas Curriculum Guidelines for U.S. History Courses

Earlier this month university history professors issued a scathing report, commissioned by the Texas Higher Education Board, on the recently adopted curriculum guidelines for the teaching of history in Texas high schools. (You will find the report here: http://txfacultycollaboratives.org/images/stories/assets/documents/SocStudies_docs/Bridging_the_Gap.pdf.) Led … Continue reading

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State Board of Education Notes—Testing, Testing

The State Board of Education meetings in Austin last week featured a noteworthy discussion relating to the new testing regime for state accountability, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).  Board member Thomas Ratliff, Republican of Mount Pleasant, … Continue reading

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Creationism in Texas Classrooms?

An off-the-cuff comment this week by Gov. Rick Perry on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire sure made it sound as if there’s been an unannounced change in the Texas science curriculum. In answer to a question about his … Continue reading

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AG Says No to SBOE Policy Favoring Investments to Support Charter Schools

Some members of the State Board of Education have been eager to use the state’s endowment for public schools—the Permanent School Fund—as a tool to support charter schools. But the state attorney general on August 9 issued an advisory opinion … Continue reading

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