Donna Bahorich-Commissioner, Texas Historical Commission

Donna Bahorich-Commissioner, Texas Historical Commission Welcome to Donna’s public service page. Donna was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2021. She served as the Texas State Board of Education Chair 2015-2019 and District 6 Texas State Board of Education Member from 2013-2020.

As the District 6 State Board of Education (SBOE) member, Donna Bahorich brings experience in business, education and legislation to the position. Donna took office on January, 2013. She serves as chair of the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items related to charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules, long range plans for K12 education and education techno

As the District 6 State Board of Education (SBOE) member, Donna Bahorich brings experience in business, education and legislation to the position. Donna took office on January, 2013. She serves as chair of the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items related to charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules, long range plans for K12 education and education techno

Operating as usual

There is a lot of confusion and obfuscation going on with the topic of Critical Race Theory tenets being taught in our K...
07/14/2021
‎Honestly with Bari Weiss: Rufo v. French: Should Schools Ban Critical Race Theory? on Apple Podcasts

There is a lot of confusion and obfuscation going on with the topic of Critical Race Theory tenets being taught in our K-12 public schools. This podcast by Bari Weiss (formerly NYT) hosting a debate with Chris Rufo and David French is very informative if you are trying to clear up and catch up. 1-1/2 hr-ish but worth your time to gain more light than heat.

‎Show Honestly with Bari Weiss, Ep Rufo v. French: Should Schools Ban Critical Race Theory? - Jul 13, 2021

The American “flag still stands for freedom” in Cuba. Amazing what is happening there as they call for an end to communi...
07/12/2021

The American “flag still stands for freedom” in Cuba. Amazing what is happening there as they call for an end to communist dictatorship.  Having visited and spoken to many Cuban people, they are desperate to be free. 🇨🇺

Terrible…”Debt coun­selors rec­om­mend stu­dents not bor­row more than they will earn right out of school. Yet about 38%...
07/10/2021
‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off

Terrible…”Debt coun­selors rec­om­mend stu­dents not bor­row more than they will earn right out of school. Yet about 38% of mas­ter’s pro­grams at top-tier pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties in the U.S. failed that test, ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal’s analy­sis of salary data for grad­u­ates from the 2015 and 2016 classes, the lat­est avail­able.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/financially-hobbled-for-life-the-elite-masters-degrees-that-dont-pay-off-11625752773?st=i4vbhftlpml6wuu&reflink=article_copyURL_share

Lured by the aura of degrees from top-flight institutions, many master’s students at universities across the U.S. took on debt beyond what their pay would support, an analysis of federal data on borrowers found.

Just thinking today on what our country has meant not just for Americans but to people all over the world. Bono with U2 ...
07/03/2021
Bono: "America is an Idea"

Just thinking today on what our country has meant not just for Americans but to people all over the world. Bono with U2 really sums it up so well. Anyone who has traveled outside the US knows what America means to the world.

America has been a bright light for millions. Being a proud (not arrogant or blind) American is a good thing. I am not ashamed nor daunted that we have more work to do together, not alone in our silos but linked arm in arm. 

Having to work for a more perfect union shouldn’t discourage us. It should unite us in service to each other and for our country. We can celebrate the good, the noble, the beautiful, the potential as well as mourn (and get to work) when injustice was and is done.

What we must not do is lose hope…ever! Not in each other, not in our country. Losing hope is the enemy of our souls and extinguishes the light we see in ourselves, each other, and our country.

July 4th is a commemoration of a truly new idea dawning (not accomplished) in the history of the world…”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Happy birthday, America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!

https://youtu.be/O8aLAZ8SnvI

"Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner was an incredible exorcism for not just Americans, but for all of us who love America," says Rock & Roll Hall ...

06/15/2021
Jerry Patterson

Thanks, Jerry Patterson, for clearing up untrue info in this new Alamo book that you were specifically involved in. Agendas creep into literally everything. It is really disappointing. No wonder we find less and less in common with each other and more and more distance. 😢

Jerry Patterson is a former Texas state senator, Texas Land Commissioner, and a retired Marine Vietnam veteran. While a member of the Texas Senate, he authored the Texas concealed handgun law and co-authored the Texas Coastal Management Plan.

If you have any interest at all in understanding World War II you must see the new Netflix series “Greatest Events of Wo...
06/10/2021

If you have any interest at all in understanding World War II you must see the new Netflix series “Greatest Events of World War II in Colour.” Best I’ve seen on WW II. Absolutely fantastic! Most of these documentaries are too dry. Not this series. Brings it all together. Footage you’ve never seen. #LearnAndGrow

If you have any interest at all in understanding World War II you must see the new Netflix series “Greatest Events of World War II in Colour.” Best I’ve seen on WW II. Absolutely fantastic! Most of these documentaries are too dry. Not this series. Brings it all together. Footage you’ve never seen. #LearnAndGrow

Honoring my father-in-law today, George Bahorich. He served during WWII and was part of the team that liberated Kauferin...
05/31/2021

Honoring my father-in-law today, George Bahorich. He served during WWII and was part of the team that liberated Kaufering VII (subcamp of Dachau concentration camp). I thank God for our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice believing that America is worth fighting for. And may God bless and protect our troops now serving because they continue to believe. Dad's 409th Regiment's motto: STEADFAST. This was him to the letter!! #neverforget #neverstopbelieving

It's official! I'm excited to continue my service to the GREAT state of Texas as the newest Texas Historical Commission ...
05/20/2021

It's official! I'm excited to continue my service to the GREAT state of Texas as the newest Texas Historical Commission Commissioner! It will be so great to continue education work in my new role in educating, preserving, and designating all things Texas!!

It's official! I'm excited to continue my service to the GREAT state of Texas as the newest Texas Historical Commission Commissioner! It will be so great to continue education work in my new role in educating, preserving, and designating all things Texas!!

Wow...very concerning. It’s the stuff under the radar that gets us every time. As Reagan said, “Freedom is never more th...
05/20/2021
Opinion | Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme

Wow...very concerning. It’s the stuff under the radar that gets us every time. As Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same...”

Their election bill tries to game the judiciary by routing all legal challenges to the District of Columbia.

A special, special leader who loved deeply and served with compassion and a drive focused on all children achieving exce...
05/16/2021
Former Waco ISD Superintendent Marcus Nelson dies

A special, special leader who loved deeply and served with compassion and a drive focused on all children achieving excellence. This is a tragic loss for the state of Texas, especially for Texas students. Our hearts are broken over your hurt and our far-too-soon loss of you, Marcus. This pain will ache hard for a long time...#txed

https://www.google.com/amp/s/wacotrib.com/news/local/former-waco-isd-superintendent-marcus-nelson-dies/article_6fd0b6e8-b5e1-11eb-b266-8b081bdfa99b.amp.html

Marcus Nelson, the former Waco Independent School District superintendent who was a strong advocate for students and teachers, died Saturday morning.

Celebrating 4-0!!!! 2 crazy-in-love  kids who had no clue just making it happen day-in, day-out for 40 years. Love you s...
05/07/2021

Celebrating 4-0!!!! 2 crazy-in-love kids who had no clue just making it happen day-in, day-out for 40 years. Love you so much, my heart!!🥰🥰🥰

Celebrating 4-0!!!! 2 crazy-in-love kids who had no clue just making it happen day-in, day-out for 40 years. Love you so much, my heart!!🥰🥰🥰

I finally listened to Senator Tim Scott‘s Republican rebuttal to the Biden address this week. Usually these rebuttals ar...
05/02/2021
Watch Sen. Tim Scott's full response to Biden's speech

I finally listened to Senator Tim Scott‘s Republican rebuttal to the Biden address this week. Usually these rebuttals are terrible and not very effective or compelling.

However, I encourage you to listen to Senator Scott‘s words. I think they carry a lot of weight and moment for the times we are living in. As expected, there are R vs D perspectives but the overall message from Sen Scott is not about what Ds have done all wrong or what Rs have gotten all right, but about rolling up our sleeves collectively and coming together in a commonsense, common ground way to move forward. 

I wish we could count on a consequential segment of our political class encouraging working together, as Sen Scott does, to do necessary work that can also unite us behind those efforts to benefit all the American people, but that seems unlikely. Too much power is at stake for the parties. It would take a true miracle. We can either build to win or build to last. It’s up to us at the end of the day...

Less than 15 minutes. Worth your time no matter your party.

https://youtu.be/59NdxeMqutM

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered the Republican party's response to President Joe Biden's first prime-time speech to Congress.#TimScott #CNN #News

Time to VOTE! This is election day for many school boards. Don’t miss your chance to let your voice be heard in Spring B...
05/01/2021

Time to VOTE! This is election day for many school boards. Don’t miss your chance to let your voice be heard in Spring Branch ISD! If Mom and I can get out in the rain, you can too! #allforthekids

Time to VOTE! This is election day for many school boards. Don’t miss your chance to let your voice be heard in Spring Branch ISD! If Mom and I can get out in the rain, you can too! #allforthekids

It’s time to VOTE for Spring Branch ISD trustees! Today is the last day of early voting. Saturday, May 1st, is Election ...
04/27/2021
Chris Earnest School Board

It’s time to VOTE for Spring Branch ISD trustees! Today is the last day of early voting. Saturday, May 1st, is Election Day. There is only one contested race.

I am supporting https://earnest4schoolboard.org. I believe Chris Earnest will be a strong parent voice advocating for achieving student outcomes to reach T-2-4 district goals. Please VOTE!! #AllForTheKids

My name is Christopher Earnest, and I am running for Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees Position 4. My hope in filling this position is to provide a strong, common sense voice to the Board that will represent families first.

This collaboration of spoken word and song by Lewis Pittman and Kallie Foltz Bahorich is an incredibly compelling, inspi...
03/21/2021
MARCH ON // Freedom Expression No. 20

This collaboration of spoken word and song by Lewis Pittman and Kallie Foltz Bahorich is an incredibly compelling, inspirational encouragement to the church to lead in bringing justice to all our brothers and sisters of color. Much needed this week again after the horror in Atlanta. Let the power of the fault lines bring us together not continue to pull us apart. #MarchOn #LoveGodLovePeople #ActJustlyLoveMercyWalkHumbly

This video is a part of our '21 campagin #ARTREBUILDS and is the finale to Project #FreedomExpressions. Featuring Kallie Foltz Bahorich's new single "March O...

Really enjoyed hearing our new Harris County Republican Party chair Cindy Siegel at the Texas Tea Party Republican Wome...
03/10/2021

Really enjoyed hearing our new Harris County Republican Party chair Cindy Siegel at the Texas Tea Party Republican Women (TTPRW) dinner. A joy to also run into the always fabulous Texas State Board of Education member Audrey Young!

I’m so proud of my husband who is rotating off the Star of Hope Mission board after 9 years. What a great organization s...
03/01/2021

I’m so proud of my husband who is rotating off the Star of Hope Mission board after 9 years. What a great organization serving about 1,000 of our homeless brothers and sisters daily! #HoustonStrong

I’m so proud of my husband who is rotating off the Star of Hope Mission board after 9 years. What a great organization serving about 1,000 of our homeless brothers and sisters daily! #HoustonStrong

A friend of mine Lonnie Matthews runs a top-notch personal finance bootcamp for young adults 13 and up. It will be run ...
02/02/2021
Next Step Workshops | Alliance Financial Ministries, Inc.

A friend of mine Lonnie Matthews runs a top-notch personal finance bootcamp for young adults 13 and up. It will be run virtually during spring break this year. Check it out!! 

https://financialministries.org/next-step-workshops#6815707a-6cae-4d6e-b2ef-3fcb75b3afdd

The Next Step is a series of fun and educational workshops design to motivate and educate students about financial decisions they will have to make now and in the future. The workshop will also take an in-depth look into how credit works, account management, living on your own, budgeting, investme....

01/12/2021
RISE UP! STAND UP!

My DIL Kallie Foltz Bahorich is developing some really creative, cool artistic choreography videos of original worship songs. Really great stuff! Enjoy! Recess Ministry #GodFirst

01/07/2021

I hope all the people who stormed our nation’s Capitol yesterday are identified and prosecuted. Rioting, mayhem, intimidation and destruction are not the answers to serious political disagreements. It doesn’t matter who is doing it or for what purpose, it’s not acceptable. Americans work our issues out through political means and processes. That work is painfully slow, frustrating, and often futile. However, that is the work involved in a constitutional republic. Of all days, let’s re-commit ourselves today to working for change in hearts and minds for the things we believe in fighting for. Make your case and do the really hard work to get others to follow and support it. That is what democracy looks like.

01/06/2021

I’m praying for the safety of everyone in the Capitol right now. Protesting and debating are totally fine and part of our country’s DNA. Storming the Capitol is NOT acceptable and an affront to our constitutional republic. Call out the Guard to clear these folks out now, Mr President!!

Only a few more hours and I'm officially retired from the Texas State Board of Education. It's been an amazing ride invo...
12/31/2020
FINAL SBOE News_2021 Blessings - Donna Bahorich

Only a few more hours and I'm officially retired from the Texas State Board of Education. It's been an amazing ride involving an amazing amount of work, incredible people and inspiring students. BUT, also, a LABOR of LOVE. God bless TX education! #txed #txlege

Closing Thoughts It is worth repeating what I wrote last year about my service. While staying true to my strong conservative principles, I used the following guideposts in my work on the Board:

Such good news about the COVID vaccines rolling out. A big thank you to President Trump, Dr Fauci and Dr Birx, VP Pence ...
12/18/2020
Vice President Mike Pence gets Covid vaccine, Fauci says 'I'm ready to go'

Such good news about the COVID vaccines rolling out. A big thank you to President Trump, Dr Fauci and Dr Birx, VP Pence and the whole task force, Operation Warp Speed, and all whose tireless efforts made this possible when naysayers assured us it was impossible so soon! A Merry Christmas and better 2021 to us all! 🎄🎉👏
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/18/dr-fauci-hopes-to-get-the-covid-vaccine-next-week-pence-was-immunized-friday.html

Pence, his wife, Karen, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams got inoculated on live national television.

12/18/2020

That time when I FINALLY got my very last SBOE news update letter finished and realized (AFTER printing) I have a subject/verb disagreement in the very beginning. 😲 My high school English teacher Mrs Ford (who was AMAZING) would be grimacing...

My good friend Barbara Calhoun Cargill gave me this retirement gift. Is this perfect or what?!! Texas State Board of Edu...
11/23/2020

My good friend Barbara Calhoun Cargill gave me this retirement gift. Is this perfect or what?!! Texas State Board of Education

My good friend Barbara Calhoun Cargill gave me this retirement gift. Is this perfect or what?!! Texas State Board of Education

It’s a wrap! More pics to come. For now, bittersweet goodbyes to #txed #txlege and my special colleagues at Texas State ...
11/20/2020

It’s a wrap! More pics to come. For now, bittersweet goodbyes to #txed #txlege and my special colleagues at Texas State Board of Education

It’s a wrap! More pics to come. For now, bittersweet goodbyes to #txed #txlege and my special colleagues at Texas State Board of Education

Wow...this has been a VERY fast 8 years. This week is my last Texas State Board of Education meeting. I wish I could pos...
11/16/2020

Wow...this has been a VERY fast 8 years. This week is my last Texas State Board of Education meeting. I wish I could post them all but these pictures represent so many wonderful memories and the work with so many great people. It has been the honor of my life to serve as the member from SBOE District 6! May God bless Texas education! #txed #txlege

How did I do cutting my cutesy mom‘s hair? Isn’t she an adorable 94-year-old?
11/06/2020

How did I do cutting my cutesy mom‘s hair? Isn’t she an adorable 94-year-old?

How did I do cutting my cutesy mom‘s hair? Isn’t she an adorable 94-year-old?

The Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” is indeed scary and very informative. A MUST SEE! We truly have no idea how...
09/20/2020
Bustle

The Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” is indeed scary and very informative. A MUST SEE! We truly have no idea how our thoughts and choices in behavior and activism are fed and moved by “the men, women and algorithms behind the curtain” in this relatively new day of widespread social media (“manipulation” is a more accurate term).

We need to recommit to actually getting to know, working with and loving each other, not continuing to move toward hatred and conspiracies that divide families, friends, communities and our country. Yes, we disagree on MANY things but finding common ground enough to move forward is critical. I know that’s asking a lot this close to a national election that is increasingly bitter, but we ought to at least think about it. #NotGonnaHate #GonnaMakeTheFirstMove

Address

Houston, TX

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Donna Bahorich-Commissioner, Texas Historical Commission posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Nearby government services


Other Public & Government Services in Houston

Show All