SBOE approves African American studies course, cleans up career and technical education rules

Much of last Friday’s State Board of Education meeting involved discussion and final approval of the first statewide course in African American studies, which will be available as a high school elective beginning next fall. For more information on the new course, check last Friday’s Briefing or read the story linked at the bottom of this item.

The board also aligned career and technical education (CTE) graduation requirements with recent legislation and added a new career cluster in energy to align with revised programs of study. Board members also praised Texas educators for continuing to educate their students despite school closures during the coronavirus emergency. Member Sue Melton-Malone of Waco said she was “blown away by Texas teachers.” Here is more information on the meeting.

“A dream come true:” African American studies course gets final approval to be offered across Texas