State Board of Education http://kut.org en Update on Mexican-American Studies Course in Texas Public Schools http://kut.org/post/update-mexican-american-studies-course-texas-public-schools <p><strong>Update: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">High schools in Texas are one step closer to getting state-funded materials to teach courses in Mexican-American studies after a vote today by the Texas State Board of Education.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:49:56 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia & Nathan Bernier 10172 at http://kut.org Update on Mexican-American Studies Course in Texas Public Schools Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution http://kut.org/post/texas-overhauls-textbook-approval-ease-tensions-over-evolution The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140131-texas-education-board-overhauls-graduation-requirements.ece">limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers</a> in determining science and history curricula.<p>Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.<p>Science curricula in particular have become a sourc Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:39:15 +0000 Scott Neuman 9696 at http://kut.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution Texas Education Board Approves New High School Grad Requirements http://kut.org/post/texas-education-board-approves-new-high-school-grad-requirements <p>The State Board of Education officially adopted new state high school graduation requirements this morning. The vote was 14 to one in support of the changes. El Paso Democrat Martha Dominguez voted against it.</p><p>Last year, lawmakers got rid of the previous graduation plan which required students to take four math, science, English and social studies courses.</p><p>Under the new plan, all students are required to take four years of &nbsp;English and at least three years of math, science and social studies. Students will then have to choose one of five paths to graduation, known as endorsements.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:19:40 +0000 Kate McGee 9689 at http://kut.org Texas Education Board Approves New High School Grad Requirements Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates http://kut.org/post/fewer-social-studies-requirements-texas-students-worry-advocates <p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">The State Board of Education will make its final decision today on new high school graduation requirements. The changes come after state lawmakers passed a bill last year that reduces the number of required courses to graduate. Among the changes: students only have to take three social studies classes to graduate instead of four.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">In the early 1990s, Texas became the first state to require students to take four social studies classes to graduate. The change back to three has some worried that Texas students won’t be as prepared for an increasingly global society.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132356917&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:48:43 +0000 Kate McGee 9686 at http://kut.org Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates Should Texas Students Be Required to Take Algebra II to Graduate? http://kut.org/post/should-texas-students-be-required-take-algebra-ii-graduate <p><strong>Update:</strong> The State Board of Education preliminarily voted Thursday night to only require Algebra II for students pursuing an honors diploma or pursuing a STEM education endorsement for graduation.&nbsp;</p><p>Under new legislation passed this year, high school students will have to choose at least one of five endorsement paths to graduation. The five endorsements are science and math, business and industry, art and humanities, public service and multidisciplinary studies. Supporters say the different paths will allow more flexibility for students to pursue classes they're interested in&nbsp;and better prepare students for college or the workforce.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:19:42 +0000 Kate McGee 9232 at http://kut.org Should Texas Students Be Required to Take Algebra II to Graduate? State Board of Education Removes Speech Requirement From High School Graduation Standards http://kut.org/post/state-board-education-removes-speech-requirement-high-school-graduation-standards <p>The State Board of Education preliminarily voted Thursday to remove speech as one of the required courses for high school graduation in Texas.</p><p>The board opted to give local school districts final say on whether or not high school students should be required to take speech. Board Member Tom Maynard says speech is a valuable class, but local school districts should decide whether or not it’s required.</p><p>“When in doubt, leave it to the locals to decide that. I suspect either most districts will hold on to that or embed that content in other coursework," Maynard said during Thursday's meeting.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:09:11 +0000 Kate McGee 9241 at http://kut.org State Board of Education Removes Speech Requirement From High School Graduation Standards Textbook Standards, Charter Schools, Graduation Requirements Keep Education Board Busy http://kut.org/post/textbook-standards-charter-schools-graduation-requirements-keep-education-board-busy <p>This week was a busy one for Texas education. Here's what we picked up.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:23:18 +0000 KUT Staff 8738 at http://kut.org Textbook Standards, Charter Schools, Graduation Requirements Keep Education Board Busy State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) http://kut.org/post/state-school-board-undecided-what-courses-should-count-graduation-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke and answered questions regarding House Bill 5 in front of the State Board of Education today.</p><p>Patrick’s endorsement of the bill, which provides for different paths to high school graduation, was met with skepticism from board member Patricia Hardy. Hardy’s concern revolved around the removal of social studies classes from high school graduation requirements. She argued that turning social studies courses into electives limits a student’s exposure to important information.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:59:06 +0000 Jody Serrano & Roy Varney 8723 at http://kut.org State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) What Does House Bill 5 Mean For the Future of Texas High Schools? http://kut.org/post/what-does-house-bill-5-mean-future-texas-high-schools <p>Texas high schools are preparing for major changes to graduation requirements.&nbsp;Under a new law, schools will have less standardized testing. But when it comes to implementing the new legislation, many questions are yet to be answered.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=1156">State Board of Education </a>hashed out the details today of how to enforce the new high school graduation requirements that go into effect in the 2014-15 school year. Monica Martinez, managing director of curriculum for the <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us">Texas Education Agency</a>, noted the challenges of implementing standards consistently statewide.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:26:05 +0000 Syeda Hasan 8447 at http://kut.org What Does House Bill 5 Mean For the Future of Texas High Schools? So-Called 'Anti-American' Lesson Plans Available in Public Domain? http://kut.org/post/so-called-anti-american-lesson-plans-available-public-domain <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103314248%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-s2adj" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>School starts in three weeks and, for many school districts across Texas, there’s still some confusion over whether teachers can use a system of lesson plans. The so-called CSCOPE lesson plans <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/after-backlash-changes-store-cscope">drew fire over allegations </a>they promoted anti-American ideas. During the legislative session, Republican lawmakers announced Texas teachers would no longer use the plans and the non-profit, quasi-state agency that published them would cease to.</p><p>State Board of Education leaders say the controversy surrounding CSCOPE will most likely continue into the fall.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8434 at http://kut.org So-Called 'Anti-American' Lesson Plans Available in Public Domain? SBOE to Review CSCOPE (Update) http://kut.org/post/sboe-review-cscope-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The Texas Education Agency reports the State Board of Education <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769804488" target="_blank">approved a resolution today</a> supporting a review of CSCOPE material. Thirteen SBOE members voted in favor of the measure. Two abstained.</p><p>Some conservatives have argued <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/after-backlash-changes-store-cscope" target="_blank">&nbsp;CSCOPE has an anti-American bias</a>.</p><p>According to the TEA's website:</p><blockquote><p>CSCOPE is a curriculum management system created by Texas Education Service Centers with assistance from content experts. It is now used in 875 public school districts, charter schools and private schools in Texas, which educate 34 percent of the state's total student population. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 6914 at http://kut.org SBOE to Review CSCOPE (Update) Barbara Cargill Named New State Board of Education Chair http://kut.org/post/barbara-cargill-named-new-state-board-education-chair <p>For the first time since 2005, the Texas Senate has confirmed someone to serve a full term as head of the <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=1156">State Board of Education</a>. Barbara Cargill, a Republican from The Woodlands, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011.</p><p>Cargill has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">supported a measure that requires students to question evolution. State</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sen. </span><a href="http://www.watson.senate.state.tx.us/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirk Watson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, D-Austin, says Cargill reassured him that she would not allow </span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/state-board-education-chair%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cchristian%E2%80%9D-remark-draws-fire" style="line-height: 1.5;">her religious conservatism</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to interfere with her leadership of the board.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:07:16 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6677 at http://kut.org Barbara Cargill Named New State Board of Education Chair SBOE Chair Begins Confirmation Journey http://kut.org/post/sboe-chair-begins-confirmation-journey <p><a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3723">Barbara Cargill</a> was appointed <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=1156">State Board of Education</a>&nbsp;chair last July by Governor Perry. Yesterday, she faced some pointed questions from Texas Senators during a hearing on whether to approve her appointment.&nbsp;</p><p>The last two SBOE Chairs appointed by Governor Perry were blocked by Democrats in the Texas Senate. In 2009,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2010/11/17/sboe-meeting-is-controversial-members-last-stand/">Don McLeroy failed to win</a> Senate approval, as did <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2011/03/11/deuell-gail-lowe-lacks-votes-senate-confirmation/">Gail Lowe in 2011</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_sboe_index">Texas Freedom Network</a>, a government watchdog group, says the SBOE has spent too much time pushing socially and political conservative views in science and social studies textbooks. Cargill admitted the board had at times become a “...circus act.”</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:32:23 +0000 Ben Philpott 6552 at http://kut.org SBOE Chair Begins Confirmation Journey Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry http://kut.org/post/texas-needs-more-career-and-technical-progams-says-perry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Perry called for more career and technical programs—in addition to expanding charter schools and implementing a tax-credit scholarship program—during his address to the State Board of Education and its eight newly elected members this morning.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:59:56 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6440 at http://kut.org Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry UT Researcher Sees Racial Bias in Texas Social Studies http://kut.org/post/ut-researcher-sees-racial-bias-texas-social-studies <p></p><p>Public school students in Texas may or may not learn about important&nbsp;African-American and Latino historical figures because many of the lessons are optional, according to a <a href="http://ows.edb.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/users/jvh/HER%20Vasquez%20Heilig%20Brown%20Brown.pdf">recently published study</a> by University of Texas researchers. And when it comes to Native Americans and Asian Americans in Texas, "it's almost as if they didn't exist," says the study's author, Professor <a href="http://www.edb.utexas.edu/education/faculty/view.php?ID_PK=419A06AA-1422-0F2D-9DB6B123BC1C8592&amp;coedept=coe">Julian Vasquez Heilig</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 11:14:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6016 at http://kut.org UT Researcher Sees Racial Bias in Texas Social Studies