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Participants in the Revision Process

 


Former SBOE chair Don McLeroy (R-College Station) with current chair Gail Lowe (R-Lampasas)

Official Participants

State Board of Education (SBOE)

An elected 15-member board that (with the commissioner of education) oversees the public education system in Texas. They selected and advised the review committees, appointed the expert reviewers, and will have the final say on what is in or out of the TEKS. Follow these links for information about individual board members, a map of member districts, minutes of past meetings, and a history of the SBOE.

TEKS Review Committees

Composed of educators and citizens, the committees were appointed by the SBOE to propose changes to the existing TEKS. Applicants submitted resumes and credentials to the SBOE for consideration. They began working in January 2009. Lists of members have been published for for grades K-8 and grades 9-12.

Expert Reviewers

Six individuals appointed by the SBOE to formally review the 1998 version of the TEKS and the first draft produced by the review committees. Expert reviewers required the nomination of two members of the SBOE and report to the SBOE. The reviewers are:

 

Groups Publicly Participating in the Process

Defend the Honor - a volunteer-run, grassroots campaign based at the University of Texas at Austin that, according to its website, represents "thousands of individuals and members of dozens of organizations working for a more fair and accurate inclusion of Latinos and Latinas in our nation’s consciousness." The group sponsors "a website and periodic emails about important issues, exhorting Defenders of the Honor to write letters, watch a documentary or movie, create a dialogue."
   
Liberty Institute (formerly Texas Free Market Foundation, the statewide public policy council associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family) - a Plano-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that, according to its website, works "to protect freedoms and strengthen families throughout Texas by impacting our legislature, media, grassroots, and courts with the truth." The foundation emphasizes "Judeo-Christian values," "First Amendment freedoms, less government, and solid family values." Hosts the Texas Legislative Update.
   
Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) - a 501(c)(6) non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of 44 members of the Texas House of Representatives committed to addressing the issues that Latinos face across the state of Texas. MALC serves as an information clearinghouse to Caucus members and non-members alike and by researching the implications that legislation may have on Texas' Hispanic community and by voting together.
   
  Multicultural Alliance for Social Studies Advocacy (MASSA) - an organization of education faculty and students at The University of Texas at El Paso which promotes, according to its flier, "the teaching of accurate, significant, relevant, and culturally diverse social studies in the public schools of Texas." MASSA issued a Call to Action.
   
Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) - a professional association that, according to its website, "has over 6,500 members, including teachers, university professors, parents, and community leaders, who share the common goal of strengthening geographic education in Texas." TAGE issued a Call to Action in 2009.
   
Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) - a legislative caucus formed in 1985 that is presently a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that, according to its website, is "committed to shaping public policy by promoting: limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, and traditional family values" in order "to implement a conservative vision for state government." TCC wrote a letter to SBOE chair Gail Lowe on March 10, 2010.
   
Texas Freedom Network (TFN) - an Austin-based 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that, according to its website, "advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right." Membership is open to the public though contributions are not tax deductible. TFN is hosting a petition against the proposed final (5th) draft of the TEKS.
   
Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - Founded in 1945 to, according to its website, "advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States."
   
United Farm Workers of America (UFWA) - a labor union that Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta helped found in 1962.
   
Center for History Teaching & Learning (CHTL) - a division of the History Department at The University of Texas at El Paso that promotes pre-service teacher education and professional development among current social studies teachers. The Center hosts this TEKSWatch website.

 

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