September 2009 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Educators and Friends,

Update from September SBOE Meeting

Last week the State Board of Education met to discuss a host of issues, including high school graduation requirements, the Social Studies TEKS, the Permanent School Fund, and funding for textbooks. The majority of items we discussed were tabled for the next SBOE meeting in November.

One topic that received a lot of interest was brought to our attention by concerned parents who noticed that Christmas and Rosh Hashanah had been removed from the draft of the 6th Grade Social Studies TEKS. I am pleased to pass on that this was an oversight on the part of the writing experts, and it will be corrected by adding them back into the curriculum.

I will be sending out a newsletter following the November meeting when more concrete decisions have been made on the other items up for debate. Please continue to visit my Web site for regular updates.

Thank you,

Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
State Board of Education member for District 12