As your SBOE member, I will be an advocate for school reform that provides greater educational opportunities for ALL children. I will work to increase public accountability — particularly with parents — regarding curriculum that the SBOE supports. I will be a voice against the culture of testing versus actual learning that has been fostered in Texas. End-of-the-year testing does not ideally assess student progress in a timely manner; such testing hurts numerous school districts and unnecessarily penalizes teachers who have dedicated their time creating valuable lesson plans for students.
What do you feel is the most important issue in education?
A big issue in education right now is failing schools. We see thousands and thousands of parents and grandparents taking their kids out of public schools. We need to find a way to engage the community so their voices can be heard. We need to ask questions. The SBOE needs to ask, what can we do to makes things better for students, parents, grandparents and teachers. Our ultimate goal is to work together to ensure every child has the best education possible.
If elected, describe any changes you would like to make.
If elected, I would like to see more focus on children’s health especially with asthma awareness. We need to focus on engaging parents and grandparents as well. When it comes down to it, they are the ones in charge of education. We need to hear their voice. I would hold various meetings in the district so I can hear their thoughts and opinions on local education. We need a fresh approach to reforming public education. I would change the way we go about it now. As an SBOE member, I will spend time and work closely with teachers and staff to help improve our schools.