Saturday, February 21, 2009

Proposal to Hold Texas BOE Accountable

It's good to see some of our representatives in Texas haven't jumped the shark. State Sen. Rodney Ellis and state Rep. Patrick M. Rose. have proposed that the State Board of Education, led by creationist-in-cheif Don McLeroy, be subjected to the same review process applied to other state agencies:

To ensure that the SBOE works as it should, we have filed legislation to place the board under periodic review by the Sunset Advisory Commission and hold them accountable for their performance, just as we do the Texas Education Agency and other state agencies.

The decisions of the SBOE not only impact millions of young lives on a daily basis, but impact the economic progress of our state as well.

For these reasons and many others, the public has a right to full disclosure and oversight.

The board has escaped such scrutiny for far too long. The disregard for educators, instructional experts and scientists can’t continue. It’s time to take a closer look at the operations and policies of the State Board of Education.

Our state, and especially our kids, deserve better.

Amen to that.

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