As chair of the State Board of Education, Donna Bahorich is committed to preparing all children to be productive, engaged citizens. She has worked diligently to approve and promote college and career ready courses, including strong career and technical education courses, leading to increased opportunities for students after high school. Donna is also passionate about approving effective public charter schools that successfully prepare children and offer more choices for families throughout Texas. She brings experience in business, education and legislation to the position.
Donna was appointed as chair of the State Board of Education in June 2015 after serving most of the western half of Harris County as the District 6 representative. She was also the chair of the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees the State Board for Educator Certification rules, agenda items related to charter schools, long-range plans for K12 education and education technology, and the appointment of school board members for districts located on military bases. Donna served as the board liaison, coordinating with the education commissioner on all charter approvals.