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Future Bright for Texas SBOEFor too many years, the Texas State Board of Education has had a reputation for being out of step with public education, or even the public at large. Our history …2016/11/122016-11-12 14:57:22
No Contested Seats on SBOE Change PartiesIf the presidential contest was a nail biter, races for who would control education for 5.2 million Texas children largely proved to be snoozers. Not a single contested seat on …2016/11/092016-11-09 14:50:10
Republicans Prevail in Texas State Board of Education RacesRepublicans seeking re-election to the State Board of Education managed to hang onto their seats Tuesday despite speculation that the unpopularity of the candidate headlining the GOP ticket, Donald Trump, …2016/11/082016-11-08 14:46:11
Trump trickle-down could impact education board races | The Texas TribuneApproving textbooks, crafting curriculum standards and setting graduation requirements for the state’s more than 5 million public school students. The role of the Republican-dominated Texas Board of Education remains undoubtedly influential …2016/11/072016-11-07 15:02:22
Standardized tests – Houston ChronicleThe sight of little kids bending over their desks and filling in answer bubbles with No. 2 lead pencils has been a staple of the educational experience for so long …2016/07/282016-07-28 02:18:49
State education board plan urgently needs public feedback – Houston Chronicle  With runoffs settled, candidates for the State Board of Education have been chosen and now we look forward to the November election. Voters and candidates alike should work hard …2016/07/232016-07-23 19:15:16
Letter – Donna to SBOE Regarding Superintendent SalariesLetter – Donna to SBOE Regarding Superintendent Salaries The vice chair of the SBOE sent out a recent press release calling for legislative or commissioner action aimed at charter superintendent …2016/07/232016-07-23 19:03:44
New survey shows widespread discontent with STAAR | www.statesman.comThe findings are from an online public survey about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and how the state uses the test results to hold students, teachers …2016/07/232016-07-23 19:03:43
Bahorich: Keep our focus on the future | www.mystatesman.comThe 15-member #State Board of Education (SBOE) that I am privileged to lead has been and will remain focused on discharging the responsibility of overseeing the education of the state’s …2016/07/142016-07-14 16:18:40
SBOE committed to task of helping Texas students – San Antonio Express-NewsWith runoffs settled, candidates for the #State Board of Education have been chosen, and now we look forward to the November election. Voters and candidates alike should work hard to …2016/07/142016-07-14 16:17:50
Elections aside, State Board of Education keeps focus on future | The Star-Telegram#State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff listens to testimony during a board meeting. Ratliffe did not run for re-election and will leave the board in January. This 15-member state …2016/07/142016-07-14 16:15:51
State education board plan urgently needs public feedback – Houston ChronicleWith runoffs settled, candidates for the #State Board of Education have been chosen and now we look forward to the November election. Voters and candidates alike should work hard to …2016/07/142016-07-14 16:13:03
Texas will strive to expand broadband access to all students by 2018AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants every one of the state’s 5.2 million schoolchildren to have access to broadband Internet by 2018. Abbott announced the goal the day before the …2016/03/232016-03-23 16:45:53
State leading way on computer classesTexas was the first state to require that all high schools teach computer science, but Arkansas schools catapulted ahead in the past year after a mandate from the governor backed …2016/03/202016-03-20 15:33:21
What Should Replace the STAAR Test? – Statesman.comFor many Texans, the state’s current standardized test – the STAAR – represents everything that is wrong with public education. The annual assessments for grades 3 through 12 have been …2016/03/102016-03-10 03:19:37
Q&A: New State Board of Education chair Donna Bahorich on her homeschool background, vouchers and Jim Crow | Dallas Morning NewsJuly 25, 2015 Newly appointed #State Board of Education chair Donna Bahorich understands why some doubt that a home-schooling mom has the right background and empathy to set the curriculum …2016/03/102016-03-10 02:28:27
Bahorich: Controversy on textbooks is a “teachable moment” | www.mystatesman.comPosted: 11:10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 Too often, we dismiss our schoolchildren as aloof, with eyes too buried in their text messages to see the world around them. But …2016/03/102016-03-10 02:15:03
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Gives State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich Nod of ApprovalBahorich hears kind remarks from Governor Abbott for her dedication to Texas Public Schools at reception during TASA’s Midwinter Conference January 25 in Austin February 1, 2016, Austin, TX – …2016/02/032016-02-03 01:40:49
San Antonio area asks for less focus on STAARBy Alia Malik, amalik@express-news.net About 150 people from the San Antonio area told State Board of Education members last week that they wanted to see less emphasis on testing in …2016/01/182016-01-18 01:39:27
Math Standards and a Much Needed TransitionI am pleased that Commissioner Williams agreed on a MUCH needed transition year for 3rd-8th STAAR math accountability. The SBOE adopted new math standards in 2012 that were implemented in the …2015/04/092015-04-09 01:42:44