By Donna Bahorich
Special to the Star-Telegram
Originally published in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram & San Antonio Express News.



With runoffs settled, candidates for the State Board of Education have been chosen and now we look forward to the November election.

Voters and candidates alike should work hard to see through the smoke produced by inevitable electoral fires between now and November.

This 15-member state board that I am privileged to lead has been and will remain focused on discharging the responsibility of overseeing the education of the state’s children.

Texas enjoys economic success. To continue that success, the state will need to provide employers with a workforce that can compete in the constantly changing economy.

We are off to a good start, but there is plenty left to do.

Since my appointment as chair of the State Board of Education in June 2015, I have traveled the state talking to parents, business leaders, administrators, teachers — anyone who would talk to me — about assessments, accountability and the effective delivery of education to the young people who are often the last voices heard in policy discussions.

We are still compiling the public feedback received at the SBOE Community Conversations, which finished up at the end of March.

Read the original Ft. Worth Star-Telegram story here.