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Sophomore designs logo for country's largest educational endowment

Permanent School Fund logo

Dripping Springs High School sophomore Melissa Richardson designed the winning entry in the State Board of Education's "Brand the Fund" logo contest. A total of 442 Texas public high school students submitted 521 unique designs. The new design will now be used on a variety of materials for the Permanent School Fund, which is the country's largest educational endowment with a total value of about $44 billion.

SBOE gives preliminary approval to new cybersecurity courses and pathway

The State Board of Education (SBOE) took preliminary steps to establish a cybersecurity pathway as an option under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) endorsement, part of the state’s current graduation program. The pathway will include existing technology applications and career and technical education courses as well as two new courses.

State Board begins new term

2019 SBOE swearing-in ceremony

Seven State Board of Education members began new four-year terms of office in January. The board also elected officers and made new committee assignments during its organizational meeting.

Learning Roundtable focuses on equity, engagement, and empowerment

Equity and Access Discussion

More than 400 people attended the State Board of Education's Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas conference Jan. 30. The free conference explored three topics from the board's recently adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education: equity and access, student engagement and empowerment, and family engagement and empowerment. Videos of the presentations, as well as PowerPoint presentations, are now posted at

PAEMST finalists honored

PAEMST finalists

The State Board of Education was pleased to recognize the Texas and national finalists for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They are, left to right, science finalists Allison Bearden, Tomball ISD; Brenda Williams, Argyle ISD; Celene Rosen, Plano ISD; and math finalists Kirsta Paulus, Pasadena ISD; Angelica Niño, San Antonio ISD; and Ellaree Lehman, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

SBOE recognizes business that supports public education

2018 Employers for Education Excellence Award

The State Board of Education on Feb. 1 presented the 2018 Employers for Education Excellence Award to BLGY Architecture of Austin for its extensive support of Round Rock and Austin schools and teachers.

The award, created by the Texas Legislature in 2007, recognizes Texas employers that encourage and support employees who actively participate in school activities and promote voluntarism in the public schools. Nominate a business in  your area at

Recent board actions posted

 A summary of actions taken by the State Board of Education at its Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 meeting is available at

February is CTE Month

CTE Student Organization Officers

Feb. 1-28 has been designated as National Career and Technical Education Month. As it has in previous years, the State Board of Education recognizes the state's nine CTE student organizations and present the student leaders with a resolution. About 1.3 million students are enrolled in CTE classes.

Chair Bahorich receives awards from TCEA and LULAC

Donna Bahorich

State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich recently received two awards. She received the Friends of Education Award from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) on Feb. 6. TCEA recognized Bahorich for championing the use of technology to transform teaching and learning and her advocacy for creating machine readable Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to assist in the standardization of digital instructional material. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) also recognized her leadership during its Feb. 7 gala. Under her leadership, the SBOE unanimously approved the creation of a new course called Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies and created an expedited pathway for the approval of additional ethnic studies courses.