Members of the State Board of Education allowed passage of a proposal during their Jan. 29, 2016, meeting regarding qualifications for superintendent certification in Texas after a controversial portion that would have permitted candidates to pursue certification without public education experience was removed.

Background

In November 2015, following a close vote to advance it by the State Board for Educator Certification, the controversial superintendent certification proposal was considered and rejected by the State Board of Education, sending it back to SBEC for revision. TCTA circulated a letter to SBOE members prior to the meeting in opposition to the proposal and testified against it at the meeting, pointing out that the part of the proposal allowing school districts to hire someone with no educational experience who would then be eligible for superintendent certification was an abdication of the state’s responsibility to ensure that all candidates for certification possess the necessary knowledge and skills necessary to improve student performance.

SBOE sent the proposal back to SBEC, which changed the language of the proposal to remove the offending section and sent it back to SBOE for approval. The revised version was addressed at the SBOE's January meeting; the SBOE did not have to vote affirmatively to adopt the proposal, but took no action, which allows it to become law with an effective date of Feb. 28, 2016.