Authors: Senator Travis Holdman, Senator Brandt Hershman
Co-authors: Senator Dennis Kruse
Sponsors: Representative Jud McMillin
Co-Sponsors: Representative Timothy Wesco
Advisors: Senator Luke Kenley, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator Earline Rogers, Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator Carlin Yoder
Adds a statement of legislative intent regarding the roles of the general assembly, the state board of education (state board), and the department of education (department) relating to education. Makes changes, beginning June 1, 2015, to the composition of the state board. Provides that the state board may hire staff and administrative support. Provides that, after December 31, 2016, the state board shall elect a chairperson annually from the members of the state board. Provides that the state board shall, after June 30, 2015, elect a vice chairperson annually from the members of the state board. Provides that at least eight of the members of the state board appointed by the governor must have professional experience in the field of education. Provides that the speaker of the house of representatives and the president pro tempore of the senate shall each appoint one member to the state board. Provides that a state board member serves a four year term. Provides that the state board and the department are considered state educational authorities within the meaning of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Requires the chairperson to provide notice of a state board meeting on the state board's and the department of education's Internet web sites at least five days before the meeting.