Here’s a closer look at candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary races for the Texas State Board of Education in the March 4 primary elections.
All candidates in contested races that appear on Tarrant County ballots were sent a Star-Telegram questionnaire about their campaigns and background. Here are the responses — unfiltered and in their own words — from the candidates who replied. Spelling and grammar have not been corrected.
State Board of Education, District 11
Finally, the Permanent School Fund is an uniquely Texas institution that helps finance public primary and secondary education in our state. Established with a $2,000,000 in 1854, the fund, through prudent investing and through land revenues, now has a portfolio of more than $28,000,000,000. The fund must continue to be a sound investment — protected from wayward spending and misuse. As a conservative and an experienced manager in the hospitality industry, I recognize the need for fiscal responsibility when dealing with any kind of budget or investment. As your SBOE member, I will work to ensure that the Permanent School Fund is transparent and solvent going forward.
State Board of Education, District 13
· Board Member, Young Leaders in Education (YLE): YLE is a group of young professionals committed to strengthening education in North Texas. As a Board Member, I have the privilege of working with other young professionals passionate about education and with non-profits in Dallas in need of additional support.
· Volunteer, Organizing for Action (OFA): As a volunteer for OFA I have organized and participated in numerous phone banks and “flyering” events urging our members of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
I am an educator committed to improving public education in Texas. As first generation college graduate, I understand the importance of preparing students for success. Upon graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, I moved back to Texas to teach bilingual kindergarten and fourth grade. Teaching gave me unique insight into the challenges facing students, families, and educators and inspired me to commit my career to ending education inequity.
After teaching, I launched into the field of education policy. I attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Public Affairs in 2006. I spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and worked on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. From California, I moved to Washington, D.C. where she spent five years working for a large civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families. Currently, I work for a Dallas-based nonprofit, Teaching Trust, where I lead a leadership development program for teachers.
I’m running to serve on the Texas State Board of Education because I believe that every child and family in District 13 should have the opportunity to succeed. I am passionate about education and about ensuring that Texas children have access to rigorous instruction, great teachers and leaders, and excellent schools.
· Develops rigorous learning standards that are aligned to college and workforce expectations and prepare all students for success.
· Adopts historically and scientifically accurate textbooks and curriculum.
· Ensures that teachers and students have access to high-quality instructional materials
· Adopts policies that help attract effective teachers and principals to the profession.
· Provides on-going professional development for teachers and principals that help them meet the needs of students.
· Works closely with educators to inform the educator certification process.
· Prioritize the needs of students.
· Develop professional staff that can deliver strong outcomes for students.
· Establish a culture of high expectations for all students.
What are the highest priority issues that you plan to address? I plan to work with the State Board of Education as a member to address the following upcoming issues:
1) Determining what new courses will be developed to give students more options under HB5, especially concerned with more alternative mathematics courses that would cover algebraic concepts for non-math majors.
2) TEKS review as a continuous cycle/ courses are reviewed every ten years/ the instructional materials are reviewed and then to make sure that the TEKS that are align with instructional materials are aligned with the STATE assessment.
3) Looking at the review and approval process of the next Social Studies books - last year the State Board approved the next biology books.
The main focus is on higher achievements in our schools.
I believe in term limits for all offices. We should serve our term (s) before the effectiveness of one's focus diminished. Why, because sometime the individual in office does not cultivate others to replace them and one begins to think of the office as their personal possession. Moreover one may become resistant to and not support new ideas and the apathetic voting public continues to send the familiar back to office.
B.A. in Mathematics,
Dallas Baptist University
M.S. in Education,
M.A. in Mathematics,
Pursuing ED.D. in Teacher
Leadership, Walden University
(expected graduation in July 2014)
National Honor Society Sponsor,
Step Team Sponsor, and
Sunday School Teacher Chess Club Sponsor,
Mathematics UIL Coach,
Volunteer at YMCA,
Little League Cheerleading
Volunteer with 'Acts of Change' Fitness Festival
Candy Stripe Volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital
Volunteer at March of Dimes Haunted House
Various Teacher of the month awards
The highest priority issues I plan to address are graduation requirements, new mathematics textbooks, and student assessments.