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State Board of Education District 12

4-year term. Must be 26 years old or older, a U.S. Citizen, a Texas resident, and a registered voter. Oversees curriculum standards, instructional materials, graduation requirements, new charter school applications, and the Texas Permanent School Fund; appoints board members to military reservation/special school districts.Elegido para un período de 4 años. Debe tener al menos 26 años de edad o más, ser ciudadano estadounidense, ser residente de Texas, y ser votante registrado. Supervisa las normas de planes de estudio, los materiales de instrucción, los requisitos de graduación, las nuevas aplicaciones de las escuelas autónomas y el Fondo Escolar Permanente de Texas; nombra a miembros de la Junta para la reserva militar/ distritos escolares especiales.
  • Tina Green (Dem)

  • Pam Little (Rep) Business ner

  • Laura Malone-Miller (Dem)

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    Suzanne Smith (Dem) Founder & CEO, Social Impact Architects / Adjunct Professor, UT Arlington

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Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Testing: Does the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) adequately and efficiently diagnose individual student learning needs? Why or why not?

Funding: What measures, if any, would you take to improve (a) investment policies for the Permanent School Fund and (b) equitable distributions for public schools? Please explain.

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

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Campaign Phone (972) 342-6697
Education Bachelor of Arts
Educational publishing executive for 15 years. Worked with teachers across the state in development of instructional and testing materials
I like the critical thinking strand in the Staar test but feel we can do a better job of determining accountability for schools than testing. There are too many tests with the Staar
Funding does not fall under the SBOE
Keeping a strong Texas curriculum, maintaining a conservative investment philosophy for the Permnant school fund and keeping Charter schools economically strong
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Campaign Phone (214) 957-0903
Twitter @smith4texas
Education MBA, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
Four things: 1) Strong background in public education – as a student, professor and daughter of educators; 2) 2 decades of experience & leadership through boards & commissions; 3) MBA from Duke; and 4) Track record in community as a consensus-builder
We haven’t yet found a solution that meets Texas’ need for accountability, while also guarding against “teaching to the test.” First, our process must be accurate. Second, we must balance our need for data with ensuring that our students are on track by considering new ways of gauging performance. Finally, students with learning disabilities need modifications and support.
The Texas economy is ranked No. 6 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Yet, Texas’ education system is ranked No. 41 in the country. Texas, while it has invested the Fund well, has kicked the can on school finance reform for decades, and that has to change. I will closely monitor the progress of the TX Public School Finance Commission and will champion real change.
1) Strong start through pre-K – Quality early education from birth to 3rd grade provides the highest ROI for the success of our students 2) Whole child - Attention must be given to children who come to school hungry, whose asthma problems inhibit their activity or who feel unsafe 3) Teaching recruitment/excellence/retention – Teachers are a big driver of student success