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Thursday, January 15, 2009

How to register to testify at Jan. 21 hearing on Texas science standards

I am on the email list of the science department of the Texas Education Agency and I received the following information in an email. The email does not mention the limit of four hours on the public comment period. Also, six expert reviewers have been invited to testify and their testimony of course will take a fairly large amount of time.

Background info is in the two "Texas Controversy" post label groups in the sidebar of the homepage.


State Board of Education

Committee of the Full Board

Item #1

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 1-104 , Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress, Austin, TX


Registration for the SCIENCE PUBLIC HEARING for proposed TEKS revisions will be held during business hours (8-5) on Friday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 20 (no registration on Monday, January 19 due to MLK holiday).

People who wish to testify may sign up by calling (512) 463-9581, the main curriculum number, on Friday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (January 19 is a holiday) or by FAXing their completed registration form to fax: 512-475-3667.

The link for the Registration Form is http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/forms/registration_testimony.html

The registrants shall provide thirty-five (35) copies of their testimony for distribution to board and staff.

Parking is available for a fee at the meters around the building, the state visitor’s lot, or the Bullock Museum.

To find your SBOE representative, you can go to http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sboe/members.html

The proposed recommendations to the Science TEKS are available for review at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/teks/scienceTEKS.html

Thank you ---

Irene Pickhardt

Assistant Director of Science

Texas Education Agency

1701 North Congress

Austin Texas 78701





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