Today, Governor Greg Abbott named Donna Bahorich Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). She replaces Barbara Cargill who was named to lead the board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 and has reached the end of her term.
Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz released the following statement in response:
“Donna Bahorich’s appointment as Chair of the State Board of Education is exactly what Texas needs. Chair Bahorich’s principled and hardworking service for Texas schoolchildren and educators and her conservative-minded resistance to federal government overreach matches up perfectly for leadership in the Lone Star State. Chair Bahorich is also armed with significant business experience that has resulted in prestigious accolades. Her education, business, and management experience will serve her well for leading a state board that sets statewide curriculum standards and is responsible for largest educational endowment in the country, the Permanent School Fund which is in excess of $30 billion dollars. Governor Abbott has made an excellent choice.”
Donna Bahorich was elected to the SBOE as the District 6 representative in November 2012, representing parts of Harris County. Bahorich is known as a strong social conservative and has previously served as a staffer for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
She serves on the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items related to charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules, and the appointment of school board members for districts located on military bases, which she previously chaired. She is also a member of the board’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.
Read Gov. Abbott press release here.