The Texas Legislature should “take a thorough look” at changing the structure of the embattled Texas State Board of Education, maybe changing it to a nonpartisan or appointed board, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus told the Star-Telegram Editorial Board Friday.
Straus said: “I think it’s unfair that the State Board of Education makes so much news in the manner that they make it.” Besides the board’s handling of science standards, Straus said, “I have some other concerns about that elected body having so much management authority over significant dollars,” referring to investments of the Permanent School Fund.
He said it would be “interesting” to look at nonpartisan board elections. Straus also brought up changing back to an appointed board.
“I’ve spoken to some people who were leaders in the effort to make it an elected board, and they’re very sorry,” he said.