November State Board of Education Update

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Community meetings gather input for Long-Range Plan

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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.

During the meetings, participants will talk about the purpose and desired outcomes of public education, as well as four broad topics. Those are:

  • Educator preparation, recruitment, and retention
  • Equity and access to and support for advanced courses, funding and technology
  • Student engagement and empowerment, including effectively supporting all students and preparing students for postsecondary careers or the work force
  • Family engagement and empowerment

Free conference on teacher recruitment, prep, and retention set for Jan. 31

The State Board of Education and the State Board for Educator Certification on Jan. 31 will host a free one-day conference called Learning Roundtable: Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Top Teachers.

The event will be held on the fourth floor of the Austin Convention Center, thanks to generous facilities support from the TASA Midwinter Conference.

The keynote speakers are Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion, and Peter Dewitt, author of Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences that Matter Most.

Largest education endowment just got bigger

The country’s largest educational endowment, the Texas Permanent School 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 and means that the Fund is able to provide the largest annual payout ever to Texas public schools.


2017 History Day winners
The State Board of Education on Nov. 10 honored the winners of the National History Day contest. Pictured with SBOE member Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, left, and SBOE member Barbara Cargill, right, are (not listed in order) Stephen S. Cure of the Texas State Historical Association, Westley Sturhan of Highland Park ISD and Madeleine Broussard, Brandon Broussard, Havi Nguyen, Danielle Garcia, and Priscila Garcia of Goose Creek CISD.

First ethnic studies instructional material approved

The State Board of Education in November approved the first state adopted instructional material for use in an ethnic studies course.

A Holocaust memoir called Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin at Auschwitz, won the board’s approval.  This book will be available for use in Texas classrooms, beginning in fall 2018.

It was one of only two submissions received under Proclamation 2018, which is the formal document calling for submissions. The second submission, The Mexican American Studies Toolkit, was not approved by the board.

Summary of actions taken at November SBOE meeting

.A summary of actions taken at the Nov. 10 State Board of Education meeting is now available.