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February 11, 2014

Q&A: The race for State Board of Education, District 11

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Get rid of all the testing. Teaching to the test does not allow for problem solving and critical thinking skills to be developed. Instead of spending money on Common Core and programs like CSCOPE, let’s work on more Vocational and Career Schools. If we can graduate an entire generation into a career, we can take an entire generation off of welfare and give them the tools they need to be a success in life.

 

 

Name: Eric Mahroum

Age: 31

Occupation: Operations Manager

Family: Spouse, Holly Mahroum; children, Rayna and Ariana Mahroum

Educational background: American Intercontinental University, BA Business Administration

Professional affiliations/memberships: Republican National Hispanic Assembly, the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, the Northeast Tarrant GOP Club, the Fort Worth 912 Project, and the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Club (associate member), Arlington Republican Club, Northeast Tarrant County Young Republicans, Parker County Tea Party

Community involvement: St. Ann Catholic Church, Heavenly Supply Depot

 

Why are you running for office?

The board presents a great opportunity to positively impact our educational system. Having attended public school in District 11, I respect the hard work our teachers and administrators do. As your SBOE member, I will focus on what our district needs by listening to local school boards, to teachers, and to (sadly often overlooked) parents. The SBOE should not be some top-down board of bureaucrats that singularly sets education policy and dictates standards to local school districts without local input. While the state oversees the public education system, it is important that our school districts are actually independent — that they have the freedom to innovate and to improve locally to provide the best learning experience for students. “One-size-fits-all” regulations and common standards — whether from the federal government or from the state — too often shift teaching responsibilities from the classroom to educational bureaucrats who are backed by publishing giants and interest-group consultants. 

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