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State Board of Education District 11

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.
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    Carla Morton (Dem) Pediatric neuropsychologist

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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 (773) 497-2959
Twitter @votemortontx
Education - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology (Univ IL Chicago Med Ctr) - PhD and Master of Science in Psychology (Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine & Sci) - Bachelor of Music Therapy with honors and Minor in Psychology (Radford Univ)
I attended public school and am a first-generation college graduate. At work, I evaluate cognitive functioning of children and make academic and treatment recommendations. I also have 2 children in the FWISD, 1 of whom receives special education.
The STAAR test is only one piece of information that should be used when evaluating student needs. While group-administered assessments are efficient, important individual data can be missed. Although generally a valid reflection of student performance as a group, one-on-one testing is necessary to reliably evaluate individual students with unexplained academic deficits.
Reliance on fossil fuel should decrease with increased investment in renewable energy, particularly as we work to improve our children’s futures. Unfortunately, the legislature increased funding from the PSF for charter schools, which are inherently inequitable and risky investments. Therefore, limiting charters granted would result in more equitable distribution of funds.
As a scientist trained to objectively evaluate data, I will insist upon unequivocal fact-based TEKS and materials. I also strongly support comprehensive sex education. Additionally, I will advocate for effective educational interventions that support functional independence, and I will ensure that special education students are assessed in the most appropriate manner.