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3 Texas Republicans Vie for State Education Board Seat of Outspoken Thomas Ratliff

Three Republican candidates vie for their party’s nomination for State Board of Education (SBOE) District 9, the East Texas seat long held by Thomas Ratliff (R-Mt. Pleasant). Ratliff currently serves as vice chair and is oft times, the reputedly outspoken voice on the Texas SBOE. He was first elected in 2010 and is not seeking re-election.

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Texas Officials Name ‘Assessments and Accountability’ Education Commission Picks

Top Texas officials named 11 of 15 appointees to the newly created public education Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, authorized through the passage of House Bill 2804 during the 84th legislative session. The short-term 15-member commission’s sole purpose is to write a report that develops and makes recommendations “for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability” which is due by September 1, 2016.

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Texas Lobbyist Withdraws Registration So Her State Rep Dad Can Keep Committee Chair

The daughter of a Texas State Representative has withdrawn her registration as a lobbyist, after an outcry over the potential for conflicts of interest between her work lobbying for education clients and her father’s role as chair of the House Public Education Committee. The announcement was made on a Friday afternoon, just two days after a Breitbart Texas article describing the conflict.