The Texas State Board of Education‘s first meeting of 2011 begins at 1 p.m. this afternoon in Austin with five new board members. Two members of the board’s far-right faction over the past four years — Don McLeroy, R-College Station, and Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond — are not returning to the board. On the board’s agenda for today: establish board operating rules, elect officers and make committee assignments. All of those actions could provide important clues about whether the board has truly shifted closer to the center after the 2010 elections. TFN Insider will report from the state board meeting.