Current social studies curriculum standards in Texas promote the right-wing agenda of politicians who sat on the State Board of Education in 2010. With the state board this year set to revise those standards, a new report from the TFN Education Fund documents the problems and makes recommendations for how to get politics out of public school classrooms. Check out our press release and report. Read More
An extremist, a voucher proponent supported by far-right groups and an incumbent walk into a Texas State Board of Education race: This is your Republican field in the District 11 SBOE primary. Read More
Who’s your Texas State Board of Education member?
Sadly, it’s a question too many Texans wouldn’t be able to answer. But the board is an incredibly important body. Not only does it decide what gets taught to more than 5 million students in the state’s public school classrooms, but the board also has over the years had an impact on what happens in other states, stretching the board’s influence beyond Texas’ borders. The board, unfortunately, has also been the source of some embarrassment.
So, Texas voters, don’t take the SBOE races for granted. This year, you will have seven of the 15 SBOE districts on ballots across the state. To check which SBOE district you live in, use this tool. And don’t forget: early voting is Feb. 20-March 2, and primary election day is on March 6.
Here are the candidates.District 2
This district covers large portions of the Rio Grande Valley and stretches up the Gulf Coast to include Corpus Christi.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Ruben Cortez, a businessman who was first elected in 2014, faces Michelle Arevalo Davila, a classroom teacher.
For the Republicans, it will be former high school teacher Charles “Tad” Hasse… Read More