SBEC Vote on Superintendent Qualifications

By a narrow margin of six to four, the State Board for Educator Certification voted on October 16 to make it easier for someone with no teaching experience to become a superintendent in Texas. Texas AFT and other teacher and administrator groups all opposed the change as the dilution of an important professional prerequisite for effectiveness in leading a school district. Contrary to some news reports you may have heard, the SBEC vote is not the final word on this regulatory change. The 15 elected members of the State Board of Education still have a say in the matter and have the power to reject the SBEC proposal by a two-thirds vote at an upcoming meeting.

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