Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).
Linda Ellis, District 8, R-The Woodlands
(Current District 8 Board Member: Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands)
Educational consultant and retired educator Linda Ellis on Oct. 28 announced on her Facebook page her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Texas State Board of Education out of District 8, a seat held by current SBOE chair Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, who will seek re-election next year. According to YourHoustonNews.com, Ellis ran for the same seat in 2008 as a write-in candidate, receiving roughly 3,697 votes. Her campaign website will be at votelindaellis.com.
I’ve spent the last 28 years teaching and supporting teachers. During that time I’ve become increasingly concerned about decisions made by the State Board of Education — decisions made without the input of Texas educators.
Many of those SBOE decisions are based solely on divisive politics and are harming Texas schoolchildren. It is clearly time to put education back into the hands of those closest to the children — local school boards, parents, teachers, and community members.
This is why I am running for the State Board of Education in District 8.
When elected, I pledge to listen to you, represent you, support you, and serve you! Honoring your voices, I promise every decision I make while serving on the SBOE will be based on what is best for Texas public school students.
It is time to make your voices heard! Please join me in this critical battle to take back education! Let me be your voice in Austin.