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Welcome to the Ratliff Campaign Website!

Thank you for your interest in my campaign.  I appreciate your interest in public education in Texas and I look forward to working with you and for you on the State Board of Education.

Since announcing my first candidacy in 2009, my goals have been to do what I can to get Austin and Washington D.C. out of our classrooms, restore local control, and take politics out of our public schools. Needless to say, there is still a lot to learn and and a lot of work to do.  I appreciate everyone who has helped educate me along the way.

We will continue to update the website to become a useful tool for you to follow what is happening at the State Board of Education as well as my service on the board. I hope to make the process easier to follow and more transparent for everyone who cares about public education.

As you learn about candidates for the SBOE, look at who is talking about politics and who is talking about education.  I think the choices are very clear.


Thomas Ratliff


What is the State Board of Education?

The following is an excerpt from the Texas Education Agency website:

SBOE History and Duties:

Establishing policy and providing leadership for the Texas public school system are the responsibilities of the State Board of Education. By adopting policies and setting standards for educational programs, the Board provides the direction necessary to enable Texas public schools to prepare today’s schoolchildren for a successful future.

Composed of 15 members elected from roughly equally populous State Board of Education districts, the Board adopts rules and establishes policies that govern a wide range of educational programs and services provided by Texas public schools. The commissioner of education serves as chief executive officer of the Board and supervises the administration of Board rules through the Texas Education Agency. Together the Board, the commissioner, and the Agency facilitate the operation of a vast public school system consisting of 1,229 school districts and charter schools, more than 8,200 campuses, more than 630,000 educators and other employees, and more than 4.7 million schoolchildren. The Board establishes goals for the public school system and adopts and promotes four-year plans for meeting those goals.

As part of its efforts to provide the best possible education to public school students, the Board designates and mandates instruction in the knowledge and skills that are essential to a well-balanced curriculum. The Board approves and determines passing scores for the state-mandated assessment program.

In its other activities, the Board oversees the investment of the Permanent School Fund, approves the creation of charter schools, and adopts regulations and standards for the operation of adult education programs provided by public school districts, junior colleges and universities.