Muri re-elected vice chairman for State Board of Educator Certification

Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri on Dec. 8 was re-elected vice chairman of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), the board that oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification, and standards of conduct of public school educators.

“This board influences and makes decisions on behalf of all educators across Texas, and those decisions ultimately affect the students we serve,” Muri said in a news release. “It is a privilege to serve on the board and an honor to have been re-elected as vice chairman.

“I think it validates the good work our ECISD team is doing in the way of human capital, elevating the teaching profession, and operating Odessa Pathway to Teaching, ECISD’s own educator preparation program.”

Muri was appointed to SBEC by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in March of 2022 and then reappointed in 2023 for a six-year term. SBEC was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to recognize public school educators as professionals and grant educators the authority to govern the standards of their profession. The 15 SBEC members include 11 voting members appointed by the governor to six-year terms: four classroom teachers, one counselor, two administrators, and four citizens. One of the teachers on the board is Permian High School’s Robert Brescia. SBEC meets at least once per quarter through the calendar year.

In addition to his service with SBEC, Muri is an advisory board member for the Broadband Development Office, appointed to the post by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in 2021. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education leaders. Muri was named the Region 18 Superintendent of the Year in June 2022 and has received multiple invitations to testify before Congressional Committees and Texas House and Senate Committees regarding such topics as teacher recruiting and retention, strategies to accelerate student learning, and technology innovation.