Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).
David Bradley, District 7, R-Beaumont
David Bradley, first elected to the State Board of Education in 1996, is seeking re-election this year. Bradley is a leader of the state board’s far-right faction. We missed his earlier announcement about his re-election bid and are including that here.
David Bradley announced yesterday he has filed to run in the upcoming Republican primary for reelection to the State Board of Education in District 7.
A lifelong resident of Southeast Texas, David Bradley has been a constant supporter of the conservative values of this community, including prudent use of tax dollars. He knows that adding more new buildings, athletic monuments, higher administrative salaries, and higher taxes cannot solve the ills of local public education.
Mr. Bradley continues to champion:
True Local Control: Where teachers are free to teach the curriculum — not forced to teach to Federal and State exams.
Common Sense Reform and Proven Methods: David Bradley fought to ensure that young students memorize the multiplication tables rather than rely on calculators.
Elevating Education Standards: David Bradley supported Social Studies standards that now include American exceptionalism, the Founding Fathers and an actual reading of the Declaration of Independence. He also helped return phonics, spelling and grammar to the teaching of English Language Arts.
Mr. Bradley believes that parents have the right to send their children to the school of their choice, using their tax dollars. He also supports the tenet that English should be the only language used in teaching core subjects.
David Bradley commented that there is still quite a lot of work ahead of him with the Board, vowing that he will continue to be that clear, true voice for the parents and taxpayers of District 7.
Following redistricting, Mr. Bradley’s district grew to include 1.7 million constituents in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine and Tyler counties.