Time to 'Kill' the State Board of Education


 
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Time to 'Kill' the State Board of Education
 


22 January 2009 at 8:44:33 AM
pstern

Power & Control

That is the daily business of the State Board of Education (SBOE).  It is another state agency that is enmeshed in politics, power & control instead of promoting quality education in our public schools.

It's time to get rid of the SBOE.  Public education has enough problems without encouraging more by having an appointed board president and appointed committee members.

The SBOE is nothing more than another "good ol' boy and gal" membership organization that does little to ensure Texas children receive a quality education.

According to BurkaBlog:

 

SBOE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS PUNISH DISSENTERS
 
SBOE ignores own procedures to stack key committees with conservatives
 
Prepare yourself for an inside baseball lesson on the power struggle that continues on the State Board of Education between conservatives and their moderates-liberal brethren on the elected 15-member board.
 
To mix our metaphors here, conservatives now hold all the cards on the SBOE. In this numbers game, 7 of the 15 members can be counted as safe conservative votes, with one Democratic votes, in particular, often falling to their side during close calls. The one wild card in this equation is former Chair Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, who was burned two years ago by conservatives during committee assignments and is now no longer a lock on tight votes over controversial issues.
 
Know how hyped up House members are right now about committee assignments? Well, to a lesser degree, it’s the same at the State Board of Education. Power and control on the SBOE is demonstrated in two ways: committee assignments and the ability to appoint teachers to curriculum review committees.
 
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