SBOE member since January 2003. Current term expires in Jan. 2023. This race will not be on the ballot in the 2020 election.
Has chaired the SBOE Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.
Part-time instructional specialist in Weatherford ISD. Previously served as the Weatherford ISD social studies coordinator. Taught world history and geography for 30 years at Castleberry High School in Fort Worth. Selected three times to participate in the Fulbright Seminar Abroad program. Awards received: Castleberry ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year; Howard Payne University Alumnus of the Year; River Oaks Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year; Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Distinguished Service Award; National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award; Texas Excellence in Education Award from The University of Texas Ex-Students' Association; and Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year by the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association.
Recommended favorably by Texans for Public Education, a grassroots educators' group that has researched and rated candidates in the 2018 election based on their stances toward public schools.
Endorsed in the 2018 primary election by the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News.
Endorsed in 2014 by Texas Parent PAC, a pro-public education organization that advocates for adequate and equitable funding of public schools, local control, teacher quality and the prevention of private school vouchers.
Endorsed in 2014 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News editorial boards.
Did not respond to the 2018 ATPE Candidate Survey. Below are the candidate's responses to the 2014 ATPE Candidate Survey:
1. What role should educators and educator groups play in policy decisions made by the State Board of Education (SBOE)?
Good policy evolves from conscious cooperation among Board members, educators, and educator groups. In general, individuals have been welcomed by the SBOE; however, professional associations have not enjoyed easy access. I am proud to be a leader in developing connections between professionals in the field and policy makers in Austin. For example, I encouraged math educator associations to frame an online process to facilitate professional involvement in developing the math TEKS. As a result, over three hundred math educators had a voice in the TEKS math adoption.
2. Do you believe the number of curriculum standards written into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is generally too high, too low or just about right?
Some people have criticized the TEKS as being "a mile wide and an inch deep." Having spent over three decades in the classroom, I empathize with core subject teachers who are burdened with many TEKS. Including more professional education groups in the review of standards combined with recent changes on the SBOE reduce the likelihood that teachers will face this problem in the future.
3. Would you recommend any changes to the process for adopting and revising the TEKS curriculum standards?
The process for adopting and revising the TEKS is a good one. However, one change that I recommend is training both Board and committee members before beginning the process. Training can clarify procedures and inform participants of the ripple effect changes made by one group may unexpectedly generate. An example of such unintended consequences is the burdensome list of historical figures in the social studies TEKS, which teachers cannot adequately address in the number of days allotted for teaching them. Both committee and Board members are often guilty of overlooking the big picture.
4. Do you believe charter schools in Texas have been largely successful? Should their presence be expanded? Why or why not?
While I support charter schools as another vehicle for public education, my experience in evaluating them dispels the myth that charter schools are a panacea. In fact, they frequently fail to implement innovative solutions for educating Texas students. A close examination of our charter schools reveals some highly successful examples and others that have failed miserably. Consequently, I believe we should proceed cautiously and cap the number of charters we grant.
5. What role, if any, should the SBOE play in approving textbooks and instructional materials?
The process for approving instructional materials is excellent and has consistently benefitted school districts across Texas. Vetting and identifying worthy resources at the state level reduce the cost and time that school districts must devote to the selection of textbooks and ancillaries. This also facilitates consistency in instruction throughout the state so that students in every region have the necessary materials to master standards.
6. Do you believe our state's curriculum requirements allow students to receive a well-rounded education throughout all grade levels? Would you recommend any changes?
We do not have state curriculum requirements, rather we have state standards. The curricula, which are the structures for teaching the standards, are determined by local districts. The state standards, or TEKS, which are set by the SBOE, guide local school districts in the development of their frameworks for teaching. Following the state standards will prepare students for both college and careers. My only concern with the standards is their length, and I would like to see fewer standards after each future review.
7. If elected, what do you believe your primary role and responsibility as a state board member should be?
My responsibilities as a member of the SBOE are threefold. First, I listen to constituents. Second, I interact with the State Legislature to frame laws about our Texas schools. Third, I serve on a committee established by the Board. The Board is divided into three different committees: the Permanent School Fund Committee, the Committee on Instruction, and the Committee on School Initiatives. These committees reflect the fundamental roles of the state board. I have been fortunate in my tenure on the Board to serve on all three of the committees. This experience gives me a great advantage when the Board as a whole deals with issues addressed by the different committees.
Submitted in reponse to the 2014 candidate survey:
It has been my honor to serve you on the SBOE since 2003. I have the expertise and the capacity for hard work necessary to assure that District 11 is well represented in Austin on education matters. I am deeply grateful for your continued support.
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