Category Archives: SBOE

State Board of Education Meets January 28-31, Considers Graduation Requirements

The State Board of Education meets in Austin January 28-31 to consider, among other things, final adoption of proposed Board rules implementing changes in state law on graduation requirements. Among the hottest issues:  whether Algebra II should be required for … Continue reading

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How Your Member of the State Board of Education Voted on Veto of Out-of-State Charter Bid

As previously reported in the Hotline, a nine-member majority of the State Board of Education on November 22 vetoed a sketchy application from the Great Hearts charter operation based in Arizona to open up a new branch in the Dallas … Continue reading

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Science Textbooks Win Approval of State Board, With an Asterisk

A new generation of science textbooks made it through the State Board of Education approval process almost—but not quite—unscathed last week. Fourteen textbooks were okayed Friday, but a 15th was given only conditional approval and must now be further reviewed … Continue reading

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A Wholesome Precedent: State Board Vetoes Award of Charter to Out-of-State Operator

Nine of the 15 members of our elected State Board of Education on Friday served notice that there’s a limit to Texas hospitality for out-of-state operators coming into our state to expand their charter-school chains with public funds. The nine-member, … Continue reading

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Draft Graduation Rules Undergo Pruning at State Board of Education

The State Board of Education voted 14 to 1 today against a plan to require Algebra II on all five of the specialized pathways to graduation created by the legislature in HB 5 last spring. These pathways, called endorsements, are … Continue reading

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Texas AFT Testifies Against Use of Lax Criteria for Charter-School Applicants

Texas AFT legislative counsel Patty Quinzi testified at the State Board of Education today against approval of new applications for state-funded, privately operated charter schools based on lax criteria. Quinzi urged SBOE members on the School Initiatives Committee to measure … Continue reading

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CSCOPE Lesson Reviews Not Published Yet by Ad-Hoc SBOE Committee

The next phase in the controversy over the CSCOPE “curriculum-management system” (recently renamed the TEKS Resource System) and its attendant examples of suitable lesson plans will have to wait a few more weeks. That’s when the ad-hoc committee of the … Continue reading

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SBOE This Week Tackles CSCOPE, Charter Applications, Science Texts, and Graduation Standards

From Tuesday through Friday of this week the State Board of Education will grapple with some hot topics: –the “curriculum management” system formerly called CSCOPE and the content of sample lesson plans that accompany it; –four applications to run charter … Continue reading

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First Draft of New State Graduation Requirements Released

The new rough draft of state graduation requirements pursuant to HB 5 was published today by the Texas Education Agency. The headline item is that Algebra II will not be required for graduation under the foundation plan. Though this feature … Continue reading

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Commissioner Approves Four New Applications to Run Charter Schools

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has notified the State Board of Education that he has approved the following four applicants for charters to operate charter schools in Texas: –Carpe Diem Schools, San Antonio –El Paso Leadership Academy –Great Hearts Academies … Continue reading

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