Rowley will not seek re-election to State Education Board
Marty Rowley will not seek re-election to the State Board of Education. He represents District 15, which includes Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Midland and San Angelo.
He was first elected to the 15-member board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is currently vice chair.
“It has been a pleasure to serve as a representative of the 1.5 million people that comprise District 15,” Rowley said in a news release. “I believe the SBOE has made a lot of progress in making sound decisions that favorably impact Texas students, teachers, administrators and parents. I have a great deal of respect for my colleagues and trust that they will continue to uphold the high standards of mutual respect and civility that we have enjoyed over the last eight years.”
According to its website, the State Board is responsible for:
- Setting curriculum standards
- Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
- Establishing graduation requirements
- Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
- Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts
- Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
- Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant
Rowley says he plans to continue practicing in Amarillo as a commercial litigation attorney and certified mediator.