Ethics and the State Board of Education

The Texas State Board of Education continues to be a wonderful laboratory for learning about problems in government. If it were not for the SBOE I’d probably have to spend hours sitting around dreaming up examples for my lectures.

The most recent contribution of the SBOE appeared because two Democratic members of the Board (Rick Agosto and Rick Nunez) more than $5,000 in dinners, football tickets, rounds of golf and other gifts from a company seeking contracts with the board.   The Austin-American Statesman’s editorial board takes the SBOE to task its inability to follow or even understand ethics rules while the Dallas Morning New wants a legislative investigation into the gifts.

Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be the last we’ll hear of the follies of the SBOE.

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October 27 update: Texans for Public Justice filed a formal complaint against the State Board with the Texas Ethics Commission and urged an investigation

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