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State Board of Education District 2

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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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?

I am a product of a private school, a public school, and a public university. As the son of an assistant principal and currently as a school board member for a charter public school district in south Texas, I am an ardent supporter of educators and understand the need to reform our education system in a manner that provides all Texas' students with equitable resources. I know the blessing of an education and want to ensure students are prepared to meet the demands of vocational training or higher education. My career has been spent serving my community and active in the educational arena.
The STAAR test does not adequately and efficiently diagnose student learning needs. The STAAR grades test performance based on the state's curriculum standards outlined as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Therefore, the test is not a good indicator of a student's academic performance, ability and readiness and is geared more at measuring testing performance.
Invest of dollars from the Texas Permanent School Fund should be spent in a responsible manner that holds districts accountable for how they spend their dollars for instruction and not for higher level administrative salaries and costs. Public dollars must go to the classroom, to closing the achievement gap, incentive educators and increase the sustainability and pay of our teachers. Equitable distribution of technology and resources for our school districts and their campuses is a top priority. The same opportunities and resources should be afforded equally to all school districts.
The state's mandated exam given to students should test all subject matters and not certain subject matters that hinder a well-rounded education and incentivizes teachers and educators to teach material is tested. All content areas must be taught. Our emphasis should be on measuring everything and not just teaching testing stategies. All students, including special education students, should experience testing success. The Texas Education Agency needs greater oversight to ensure state standards are met and our students are prepared for the workforce and higher education.
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Education High School - St Joseph Academy, Brownsville B.S. Mathematics - University of Texas at Brownsville
I've had many years as a Scout leader where as Scoutmaster my troop produced more Eagle Scouts per year than any other Troop in the Council. I taught all grade levels of High School mathematics. I am expert in many technological and mechanical areas.
Obviously not. Texas would be 1st in the world would this be true. It measures task proficiency and a provides a statistical overview, not individual learning needs. The ultimate true measure is college and/or career readiness. It is the end game, not the middle game that is is the objective. Productive, satisfied non-burdening citizens in adulthood is that end game.
Although the statutory authority for investment seems to lie with the SBOE, examination will show that it is overlaid,restricted,and mandated by State statues from the Legislature, which is also tied into the distribution of the proceeds, mandated bond guarantees as an example. Working with the Legislature is the most effective means to provide equitable distribution.
For me, obviously far stronger math. It is the queen of the sciences and the is basis for logical, critical thought. Vocational education must return or we will continue to manufacture college failures, unhappy and loaded with debt. We must meet the life needs of our children to become productive citizens. Work with industry to meet their worker needs, colleges for theirs.