All Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) seats are up for election this year, but so far there’s not a lot of money flowing into those campaigns. Nearly all SBOE candidates have now filed their July 1, 2011-December 31, 2011, campaign finance reports with the Texas Ethics Commission.

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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

Forrest Wilder

. @SenJaneNelson: Post-Planned Parenthood, the state women's health program "has more providers than we ever had." Our reporting: Nearly half of the approximately 5,400 providers didn’t see a single patient in the program in 2017. texasobserver.org/te…