October SBOE Update

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Public comment period open on proposed social studies TEKS changes

A formal public comment period is now under way on proposed changes to streamline the social studies standards for kindergarten through high school.

The proposed revision to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, as amended Sept. 14 by the State Board of Education, are available for review at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/ . A comment form is also available on that webpage.

The final vote on the standards will occur at the Nov. 13-16 meeting. Over the past year, work groups made up primarily of educators have worked on recommendations to assist the board in finding ways shorten the standards.

PSF logo design contest continues through Nov. 1

Brand the fund

Entries are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the Permanent School Fund logo design contest. The contest is open to all Texas public school students in grades 9-12. The student with the winning design will receive a $3,000 cash award and the runner-up will receive a $1,000 prize. The PSF is the largest educational endowment in the country.

Nation to mark centennial of World War I Armistice

The Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Association is encouraging Texas schools that host Veterans Day programs to focus their programs this year on the Great War. This Nov. 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the day the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany.

More than 190,000 Texans served in this war and 5,171 of them gave their lives. Veterans Day is historically celebrated on the day the armistice was signed.

The commemoration association, the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas State Historical Association are sponsoring the 100 Years/100 Schools program, which provides schools with a variety of educational resources. Find out more at http://www.thc.texas.gov/forms/100-years-100-schools-veterans-day-2018 .