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I have lived in State Board of Education District 11 for seven years, since July 2007. I am a native Texan, born in the Panhandle.
Public Educator: Counselor of Students with Special Needs, Arlington Independent School District.
Master of Arts in Counseling: West Texas A&M University; Master of Divinity: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations with Early Childhood Education: University of Kentucky.
Texas Certified in Counseling, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education; Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.
Founding Board member and Secretary of Friends of Justice, a faith-based non-profit.
Member of American School Counselors Association.
Member of United Educators Association.
Member of Tarrant County Democratic Women, Texas Democratic Women, Greater Arlington/Mansfield Democratic Women, and Mid-Cities Democratic Club.
Member of Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth.
Founding Board member of Friends of Justice since 1999.
Organizing and leading programs for children impacted by incarceration.
Organizing and hosting events to promote reform of criminal justice system.
Providing formal and informal foster care and hospitality to community children and adolescents.
This is my first candidacy for public office.
about $3,200 as of 8/13/14.
Currently my top contributor is Mid-Cities Democratic Club.
As a founding board member of Friends of Justice, I helped organize and empower families and children impacted by incarceration. By researching and writing out narratives and pitching them to media and legal groups, we eventually achieved the goal of release for many of those unjustly incarcerated.
As a school counselor on a team of three, I helped develop a counseling assessment for use by colleagues. As a consultant to counselors, I empower colleagues to develop and utilize developmentally appropriate social skills goals, behavior plans, accommodations and strategies for students with special needs.
I lead by empowering others to identify and build on strengths and resources they already possess and already use in other facets of their lives.
Maria Montessori is one of my most admired educational leaders. Maria continually restructured her classrooms and materials to meet the learning needs of young children on the streets of Rome in her Casa Dei Bambini. Her curriculum was made up of purposeful activities which encouraged spontaneous self-discipline and independence. I am an avid proponent of developmentally appropriate early childhood education.
As an educator in the public schools, John Dewey stands as the inspiration for promoting the central role of democracy in education and the central role of public education in democracy with the purpose of the realization of students' full potential in order to promote the greater good. Universal public education is, in fact, a necessary foundation for democracy.
I am running for SBOE because as an educator, a parent, and an active citizen participant in our society, I am committed to public education.
I am running because I am willing to work to reclaim the promise of public education for all Texans.
I am running because universal public education, the foundation of democracy and the ladder to opportunity, is under attack both in Texas and in the nation.
I'm running because the emphasis and funding of high stakes testing is not only robbing the classroom financially but is robbing the classroom of the love of learning.
I'm running because the corporatization of education is fostering disrespect for the professionalism of our teachers and will result in the complete destruction of both universal public education and the middle class.
As a member of the State Board of Education I will be able to address some of these issues directly and others more indirectly and informally.
I have been a public educator for 20 years, serving students from three years to post-secondary. I am dedicated to quality public education for all Texans. My husband, Dr. Alan Bean, and I raised our three children to value education. Our daughter, Lydia, taught at Baylor after completing her doctorate at Harvard. Both of our sons, Adam and Amos, are public school teachers. As a member of the State Board of Education, I will work within the legally prescribed parameters to increase professionalism and quality in the curriculum review process. I will also use my platform to advocate for more equitable funding and increased respect for educators and public education.
Pat Hardy has had a decade to lead the State Board of Education in a more professional and culturally relevant direction. But instead she has contributed to our national embarrassment by single-handedly removing Arch Bishop Romero from the curriculum and consistently siding with those who deny the cultural and ethnic diversity of the heritage of our nation and state. Most recently she voted against the Ethnic Studies Framework, which had evolved from wide-spread requests for Mexican-American studies.
In contrast, I have shown, both in my work with the most needy students and in my civic activity with the most vulnerable communities, that I will advocate for all Texans.
Politicians should not have a role in setting curriculum goals and selecting materials. These decisions should be made by panels of credentialed and experienced teachers and scholars in the field under review.
The board's function should be to administer and oversee the process of goal-setting and material selection rather than the content and product. Requiring the review committee members to be credentialed and requiring a super majority of the State Board of Education to override the product of the committee would move to depoliticize the process.
Nor should a politically appointed commissioner have veto power over a duly elected board. Recently the board wisely rejected the application of an out-of-state charter with a poor track record, only to be over-ruled by a politically appointed commissioner.
When our legislature and SBOE is really about education for all Texans rather than political cronyism, we'll get it right.
School and teaching quality and effectiveness is determined by equity of resources, meaningful formative assessment, and recruitment, preparation, and support of professional educators.
Any kind of evaluation of education should begin with equity and adequacy of resources. When students and teachers in some communities have access to half the resources as other communities, any evaluation is invalid and unhelpful. The state cannot evaluate schools without first evaluating the adequacy of resources available to the community, including living wage employment opportunities.
High stakes assessment does not adequately measure problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Meaningful assessment is formative and interactive and occurs in relationship with peers and professional educators. Meaningful assessment of educational efficacy should be determined by classroom teachers, in community with their peers, monitoring increased success at relevant tasks and products, culminating in independence, workplace skills and community problem-solving.
The state's role of evaluation should be in providing the funding and institutional support for all Texans to attain workplace skills and in the tracking of End of Course scores, graduation rates and of living wage employment.
The most critical factor in the state's maintaining educational accountability is teacher recruitment, preparation and retention. Teachers should be supported in increasing their skill with best-practice methodology by being provided best-practice conditions such as professional respect and status, small class sizes, continuing education, and adequate materials and technology. The current demoralization of teachers does not "cull" out the least skilled, as some have suggested; but rather it further reduces our teacher retention rate, causing us to lose potentially excellent educators. Insuring that teachers are trained and supported in best practices is the state's responsibility. Professionally prepared and supported teachers are equipped to facilitate student achievement toward the learning objectives as well as toward the ultimate goal of educating life-long learners.
Legislation should: 1. Restore all educational funding immediately and move to increase per student funding to top 10 in the nation rather than 47th in the nation; 2. Greatly reduce the role of high stakes testing in the classroom and in teacher and school evaluation; 3. Reject the Federal Charter School initiative as undermining to universal public education; 4. Adjust the school funding mechanisms and formula to insure that students in the least prosperous districts are funded at at least the same level as those in prosperous districts; 5. Fund quality, universal pre-kindergarten as the smartest investment in Texas; 6. Continue the move to reestablish and fund vocational/technical education opportunities, including the trades into secondary education; and 7. Increase the standard of teacher preparation and support in order to recruit and retain the best educators for Texas.
The effectiveness of the TEA is hampered by political appointments and by irresponsible massive budget cuts and layoffs paired with increased obligations. A functional education agency would be administered by professional educators and funded adequately to perform the job it is given.
Career and technical courses should require skills required in the marketplace with emphasis on applied math and communication skills as well as technical skills specific to the CTE endorsement.
The math or science courses which replace the core courses will need to match the needs of industry as well as ensure critical thinking and rigor. As CTE endorsement requirements, courses should also contain the requirement of 40% lab and field investigation with the funding and resources to meet that requirement.
I would also like to see a re-emphasis on the skills of traditional trades such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, auto mechanics, and similar trades with applied core classes to support those high wage trades essential to our community.
I taught high school classes in the content mastery context for seven years and have discussed the life and workplace needs of students with other teachers and employers. Allowing applied maths and sciences to substitute for the traditional Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry and Physics is one of the few positive moves the Legislature has made regarding education.
The existing English I standards are sufficient and exhaustive.
I would like to see the board add a multi-cultural element to the existing reading standards, so that reading content reflects the cultural roots of all Texas families. The current standards #2 and #8, which already allude to historical and culturally contexts, could easily be adapted to this purpose.
Hopefully the fabricated controversy over phonics vs whole language instruction will not be revisited. In fact reading and writing have always been taught using a whole language approach with phonics as support. The role of the board should be to adopt relevant curriculum objectives selected by professional teachers and scholars, not to micro-manage the classroom teacher.
State law does not permit Texas schools to use Common Core, so the Common Core discussion is another fabricated controversy. Texas Standards predated Common Core and were used as models. TEKS can be streamlined by educators to reflect basic curriculum standards, with emphasis on vertical and horizontal alignment, removing details which attempt to micro-manage classroom pedagogy.
Funding charter schools with public funds is undermining the universality of public education in Texas and in the nation. Public schools can and do provide innovation. Grand Prairie is a shining example of a Texas district's innovation allowing for choice throughout the district. If funding charters continues to be required by state law, I will advocate for the strictest regulation and accountability allowed by law and with no second chances for Charters which do not meet those standards.
The recent report by TEA once again shows Charters falling behind public schools. The recent scandal with Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy is just the latest evidence that Charters are not a credible alternative for public education but rather a way to scam the public purse.
There will always be a place for private schools; but Charters are an insidious back door to vouchers.
Our public schools educate all children all the time. Charter schools pick and choose. Universal education is a community team effort not a competitive business. The corporate approach to education not only threatens the universality of public education but continues to erode the professional status and pay of educators.
It is not the role of SBOE to study particular lesson plans, and the board does not routinely study all curriculum. Studying CSCOPE lesson plans sets a dangerous precedent of intrusion into classroom instruction. The controversy is led by a marginal group of non-educators who openly assert their lack of support for universal public education and for teaching children critical thinking skills. The emphasis at the state level should be recruiting, training, and supporting professional educators, setting quality educational standards, and then allowing educators to educate.
Texas Curriculum Reviews should be conducted by professionals trained and credentialed in the field under review. This will require the SBOE further modifying the rules over who can participate in these reviews. The Board recently made some progress in tightening the selection process, but as long as reviewers are selected on the basis of political considerations rather than professional credentials, our reviews will continue to provide laugh lines for late night comedians. The recent move to rehabilitate Senator Joe McCarthy's reputation demonstrates the need to establish academic and professional credential criteria for curriculum committee members. The State Board of Education should require a super majority to change the recommendations of the professionally credentialed committee.
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La Porte High School, La Porte, Texas
B.A.-Howard Payne University
M.S.-University of North Texas
Aside from my work on Texas State Board of Education, for the past three years I have been working with Kids Hope under Big Brother Big Sisters. I have met weekly to tutor the same young man for the past three years. Since the elementary school has been adopted by my church I have worked with my Sunday School class on numerous projects with George C. Clarke Elementary. Year before last our bookshelf project won the top award out of 75 entries for Fort Worth ISD.
My past civic involvement and accomplishments have been in various aspects of education. In the late eighties the Speaker of the Texas House selected me to represent him on the Education Economic Polity Center as well as the Committee on Student Learning which served as a site-based committee for the Commissioner of Education. I have worked with such groups as Sister Cities and with the National Geographic Society. For twenty-one years I coordinated the State Geographic Bee Finals for Texas. It was through my work with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education that Texas became the first state to require world geography for high school graduation. In 1980 I was the evening chairman for the Republican Presidential Primary. In October of 2000 and 2004, at my own expense I went to Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively to work on the Bush Strike-Force.
Texas State Board of Education 2003 to the present.
$4473.87 for the November election
The Honorable Charlie Geren
When I entered the classroom in 1970 each teacher worked alone, writing lessons and setting expectations for learning. In the early nineties, state standards and testing prompted changes in my school district that gave me the opportunity to oversee all social studies teachers from grades six through twelve. Though I formerly supported the traditional system of teachers working independently, my role as facilitator, mentor, and guide allowed me to coordinate secondary instruction and lead our schools to greater success. The integrated curriculum enriched student learning not only in social studies but also across core subjects.
It has been my good fortune to work with many outstanding educational leaders, but the two whom I especially admire mentored me most in my earliest years of teaching. Ida Overman taught me that all students need to know that the teacher truly cares for them, and Doris Dowell proved to me the value of applied learning long before the term became a part of education nomenclature. Both ladies had a profound influence on my success and deepened my love of teaching.
A strong education system is key to a successful society. Putting my understanding and vast educational knowledge to work through the State Board of Education is my way of making a civic contribution to my community and state.
My career as an educator and my previous years of service on the Texas State Board of Education document my dedication to Texas school students as well as my leadership skills. Four decades in Texas classrooms and administrative offices give me a depth of knowledge and experience that are vital for securing the future of Texas education. No other candidate can offer this to Texas voters.
Both the House and Senate Education Chairmen made it clear they trust the SBOE to implement legislation. The SBOE has done just that. In my opinion, a healthy balance has been achieved.
My career spans the days before and after statewide assessments. That experience confirms that assessments are needed in order to determine if we are moving our students forward.
Monumental changes came in education with HB5 in this past legislative session. Implementing laws often reveals unanticipated flaws. In 2015 I would like the Board to work with the Legislature to evaluate and refine HB5.
While the Agency comprises many dedicated, talented, and highly intelligent individuals, it is terribly understaffed, especially in the area of academics. In 2010 there was a massive layoff of academic experts such as in English Language Arts, Science, Special Education etc., in order to accommodate the budget shortfall. I would like to see those positions restored.
In the process of developing and refining Career and Technology Education courses, the SBOE for the first time included a committee of math and science experts to serve on several of the committees, along with CTE teachers. The goal of such collaboration was to assure the imbedding of rigor by the math and science experts which would allow the students to earn math and science credits through some of the CTE classes. In the last CTE review cycle, I worked closely with my expert reviewer and leaders in math and science to create classes that apply math and/or science concepts. This has been very successful and is now a key component of HB5.
In the years since the last ELA TEKS review the SBOE has learned an important lesson: Bring people in the field on board into the process of developing the standards. Technology enables greater input from around the state, and the various academic organizations have enthusiastically facilitated this process. For example, the most recent math standards review involved nearly 300 hundred teachers statewide. This was made possible by the various math organizations and their leaders. The SBOE has learned the value of bringing together as many informed stakeholders as possible.
Absolutely! Texas has been a leader in the nation for setting academic standards. The result is rigorous standards created for and by Texans that are meeting the needs of our communities. I strongly support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills over the Common Core. Some of our current headaches in education originate as federal demands; we need fewer, not more, federal entanglements.
It is important to keep in mind that charter schools are public schools and as such fall under state academic and business guidelines. At the same time, they are designed to create a unique learning community for a wide spectrum of specific needs ranging from fine arts to academic recovery. I support charter schools that follow state guidelines. Out of state charters demand close review, but I approve of those that work within our Texas framework.
I supported CSCOPE. The evaluation of CSCOPE was in response to both public and some legislators' concerns. The State Board is responsible for providing standards (TEKS), but it is up to local districts to develop plans for carrying out those standards (curriculum).
For medium and small school districts the development of curriculum is both time and cost prohibitive. CSCOPE was developed by Education Service Centers in an effort to provide TEKS-based instruction for those districts. The outcome of the ad hoc committee review should have allayed public concerns about CSCOPE.
We still have healthy debates over evolution and other areas considered controversial, but at this point there is a spirit of cooperation and respect that was lacking a few years ago. Now we are settling disputes without making headlines.
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Associate of Applied Science, Amarillo College;
Coursework in Computer Science Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
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My wife, Lynn, who has proven that successful education is born out of love and passion as well as tireless research and matching curriculum with each child. She has also mentored many new home educators and continues to teach in homeschool cooperatives.
I want to protect our classrooms from Common Core Standards. We have so many teachers with the love and passion for education and the training to customize curriculum to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms. The expectation that one curriculum can successfully be applied to millions of students is a recipe for failure.
I will bring a new perspective to the board. I am not a career politician or employee of the public education system, and therefore have no financial interest in the decisions made by the board. I have witnessed, first hand, the efficiency of an educator with the freedom to tailor the curriculum and expectations to the students. I would work to pass the responsibility of choosing curriculum and setting educational goals to the classroom teachers. For that increased responsibility, I would work toward increased compensation for the teachers. I would also work toward reducing wasteful spending on non-education related items and personnel.
I believe the state has concentrated too much authority with the board. We need more control at the local level. The board should be limited to management of public school funds.
That should not be the responsibility of the state. Teachers, and many parents, are capable of determining the proper advancement of students. Not all students advance at the same rate.
Eliminate state standard curriculum and testing.
We should eliminate the TEA. Following is my redistribution of the Agency's responsibilities found on their 'About' page:
textbook selection should be the responsibility of teachers and parents;
there should be no statewide curriculum;
there should be no statewide assessment program;
data collection on public school students, staff, and finances should be local and only audited by the SBOE and legislature;
there should be no statewide accountability system;
there should be no statewide research and information programs;
there should certainly be no federal guidelines; and
the SBOE and legislature should act as a fiscal agent for the distribution of state and federal funds.
The courses should be taught by professionals working in that field, not professional educators. Students should receive industry certification or apprenticeship upon successful completion. Industry partners should be responsible for funding the program.
Again, I propose that we eliminate state standards.
No, but I think our teachers would be proficient enough if we take the shackles off and let them teach. We should avoid Common Core in any case.
I believe parents should have more choice in education. More choice and more competition would ultimately result in better schools all around. I support the inclusion of charter schools.
CSCOPE is just another one-size-fits-all curriculum. It's Texas Common Core - drop it.
They are still debating issues that they should have no influence over. Leave those issues to the parents and teachers.