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). Michael Soto, District 3, D-San Antonio (Incumbent) Trinity University faculty member Michael Soto on Oct. 19 announced on his website — michael-soto.org — he intends to seek reelection to the SBOE's District 3 seat. Soto was first elected in 2010 to what was an open seat on the board. Dear Friends, It's that time once again—no, it's not my birthday, and it's not yet Halloween. It's time again to ask you to stand with me in my bid for reelection to the State Board of Education in 2012. I'm proud of what we've accomplished since I took office in January: New science instructional materials based on sound scholarship, not on petty and divisive politics. Small but important steps toward academic rigor in SBOE rules. A renewed focus on student success and wise investment in public education. But sitting on the State Board, I recognize that there is much more work to be done. Together, we must: Demand academic rigor and rely on evidence-based scholarship as we revise math, fine arts, and health education standards. Listen to teachers and public school administrators—our front-line educators--when it's time to adopt new curriculum standards and new textbooks. Restore public trust in how the SBOE conducts its business. Read More

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).

Barbara Cargill, District 8, R-The Woodlands (Incumbent)

Barbara Cargill has indicated that she will seek re-election next year to her District 8 seat on the Texas State Board of Education. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Cargill, who first won election to her seat in 2004, as board chair in July of this year. An outspoken member of the board’s far-right faction, she has supported efforts to water down instruction 0n… Read More

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). Rebecca Osborne, District 10, R-Round Rock (Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown) Round Rock teacher Rebecca Osborne says she is once again seeking the Republican nomination for the District 10 seat on the Texas State Board of Education. Osborne sought the GOP nomination for that seat in 2010. Marsha Farney of Georgetown won the party's nomination and general election, but she has announced a campaign for the Texas House in 2012. Following is an excerpt from Osborne's campaign web site: Every day in the high school where I teach, I see teenagers who are thriving, happy and engaged with school, community and their families. These kids are connected; they have a compass in their lives. But I also see the many young people we are losing, and it troubles me greatly. Read More

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). Steve Salyer, District 5, R-Universal City (Current District 5 Board Member: Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio) Judson Independent School District trustee Steve Salyer, R-Universal City, on Sept. 6 announced  on his website — votesalyer.com — his intention to run for the SBOE out of District 5. Four Key Campaign Promises 1. Produce a plan to develop a technologically educated work force for Texas and a global marketplace. 2. Incorporate technology in our learning process. 3. Ensure that all actions of the State Board of Education are 100% transparent. 4. Respect others and work toward the common good of our children, while not making personal judgments about other opinions and beliefs. The school children in Texas are the best hope for this great state and we have a primary responsibility to provide a quality education and prepare our young people with the opportunity for their future. My name is Steve Salyer and I am proud to announce my candidacy as a Republican for the Texas State Board of Education District # 5 today. I deeply care about the direction our state’s educational system is heading. I understand firsthand the current challenges facing our public school system. I am a Trustee of the Judson ISD in northeast Bexar County. Being on the Judson School Board and having had two children graduate our public school system, I understand both the good things our public school system does and those things that need to be fixed. I have worked hard while on the Judson School Board to increase reading, science and math scores. Even with the worst budget cuts in the history of education funding, I have ensured that teachers stayed in the classroom. Read More

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). George Clayton, District 12, R-Richardson (Incumbent) SBOE District 12 incumbent George Clayton, R-Richardson, sent out an email on August 13 announcing his intent to run for re-election. Clayton defeated longtime board incumbent Geraldine "Tincy" Miller of Dallas in the 2010 Republican primary. So far Clayton has no announced opponent in 2012. Today, I am announcing that I will be a candidate for re-election to the Texas State Board of Education from District 12. Normally, board terms are for four years. However, because of redistricting requirements all members of the State Board of Education will be up for election in the 2012 cycle. I have been on the board since January 19 of this year. In that time I have learned much and hope that my contributions have been worthwhile. But, there is still much to do. As many of you know, I am openly opposed to the stranglehold that standardized testing has on real teaching and learning in the classrooms of this state. True intellectual growth has been replaced by the mind numbing rote memorization of standards which, although important, do not provide for the advanced learning which our students deserve and require. I would like to continue my efforts to bring about a fundamental change in our educational system, one in which advanced curriculum and stimulating instruction will eventually win out over the current regimen of day in and day out drilling of minimum standards. And yes, I am an educator. I am experienced in the needs of students and teachers. Ask me! Read More

Texas Freedom Network

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