April State Board of Education Update

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New instructional material will use digitized TEKS

The State Board of Education will now require the use of machine-readable curriculum standards when publishers create new high school reading language arts instructional material. This is the first step towards requiring interoperability. This process will create a state-approved standard framework that provides free, easily searchable information.

SBOE moves forward with first ethnic studies class

The State Board of Education voted on April 13 to take steps to approve Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for an ethnic studies course focused on Americans of Mexican descent and to use a course originated by the Houston Independent School District as the basis for the standards.

This action will lead to the development of the first state standards for a high-school level ethnic studies course in Texas. All the members of the public who testified before the board in April supported the creation of the course.

Testifiers before SBOE

Transformative power of education exemplified in superintendent’s life

LaTonya Goffney, superintendent of the year

The State Board of Education in April recognized Lufkin Superintendent LaTonya Goffney as the Texas Superintendent of the Year and she passionately reminded them of the lifechanging power of public education. “The one thing that everyone needs to know is that there is power in education. There was nothing about my past that would have predicted that I would be superintendent or that I would receive this state recognition” Goffney said. "In addition to the love of my grandmother, what made a difference was what happened at my school."

SBOE releases survey results

Almost 11,500 Texans responded to a survey that asked them about the strengths, weaknesses and long-term hopes for the state's public schools. The results will be used to help craft a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which will set goals through the year 2030.

Teaching is a passion, not just a job

Teachers need to be passionate about what they do but today, they also need help balancing the stresses of their personal and professional lives, Texas Teacher of the Year Tara Bordeaux told the State Board of Education. Bordeaux, a media arts teacher at Lanier High School in the Austin Independent School District, was recognized by the board at its April meeting.

Teacher of the Year Tara Bordeaux

Nominate your school volunteers for award

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If you walk the halls of any Texas public school, you are likely to see a volunteer. Thousands of adults volunteer each day and do everything from making copies to leading bond campaigns. Honor their service by nominating them for the State Board of Education's Heroes for Children award. Nominations are being accepted through May 25.

Poetry Out Loud winner featured at board meeting

Ariel Warren, Poetry Out Loud winner

Student performances are featured at each State Board of Education meeting held during the school year. During the April board meeting, members heard from Ariel Warren, a student from the Lewisville Independent School District, who is the state winner of the Poetry Out Loud contest. The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) conducts the state recitation competition. Produced on a national scale by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program provides scholarships to high school students and cash to purchase poetry books to winners’ school libraries.