State Board of Education

The State Board of Education (SBOE) sets policies and standards for Texas public schools.  The primary responsibilities include:

  • Setting curriculum standards,

  • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials,

  • Establishing graduation requirements,

  • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund,

  • Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts,

  • Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification, and

  • Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant.

SBOE - 10

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is composed of 15 single member districts.  SBOE, District 10, consists of the following counties: Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Burleson, Burnet, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Waller, Washington, Williamson and part of Travis.

My Issues & Priorities

Within the framework of SBOE responsibilities, my top priorities include:

  • Curriculum Standards.  Ensure our educational standards are aligned with college and work expectations; are clear, understandable, and consistent; and include rigorous application of knowledge through critical thinking.


  • School Safety.  Implement standards and protocols stressing school safety as an integral component of the learning environment.


  • Student Testing & School Accountability Ratings.  Schools are not businesses and they must not be expected to operate as such.  Focus testing and accountability on student needs and not on arbitrary mandates.

  • Charter Schools/Vouchers.  If charter schools receive any public funding (which I oppose), then they must adhere to the same standards as public schools.

© 2020 Paid for by Dr. Marsha Burnett-Webster for Texas State Board of Education.

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