State Board of Education

05/24/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 6:50 PM

Eric Mahroum is a strong advocate for local control and not leaving the decisions strictly to bureaucrats far removed from the classroom.

He wants teachers empowered to teach children real knowledge and not just taught to pass tests that won’t help them in the real world.

I heard both candidates for this place on the state school board, and from her answers Pat Hardy is part of the problem. She is one of two on the board who defended the CSCOPE curriculum, which forced teachers to sign non-disclosures about revealing the content of the material to parents.

Hardy has aggressively resisted teaching creation alongside evolution in our schools.

Mahroum believes there is enough science to back the teaching of creation and the two should be taught side-by-side to let the student decide which argument has merit.

Please vote for Eric Mahroum and send someone who represents our views to Austin.

— Jan Brand, Arlington

If you vote only in the November election, you may vote too late to elect the best candidate for the State Board of Education.

Your Republican runoff election vote is needed to elect the best candidate to the SBOE. Our children’s education depends upon it. A democratic society with a poorly educated populace risks doom.

Texas schools need people like Pat Hardy with her experience in every facet of education making decisions that determine students’ learning destiny.

Unlike other candidates, her continuing work in our public schools, gives her first-hand knowledge of the effects of the SBOE’s policies and helps inform her decisions.

Numerous endorsements and letters tout her years as an influential and respected teacher, mentor, administrator, volunteer, and voice on the SBOE and speak of her reason and proven ability to lead.

Vote for Pat Hardy, whose only agenda is outstanding education for Texas’ students.

— Jorene Guyton, Weatherford

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