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).
Laurie J. Turner, District 2, R-Corpus Christi
(Current District 2 Board Member: Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi; not seeking re-election)
Laurie Turner recently announced on her website her intent to seek the SBOE District 2 seat. That seat has been held for more than two decades by Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga, who announced earlier this year that she will not seek re-election to the board.
As a Board Member I will
– Provide leadership for South Texas Schools.
– Be a voice for parents students, and educators.
– Close the gap between high school graduates and college retention.
-Develop vocational training programs for students.
– Expand early childhood education for all children.
“It’s time that an educator had a voice in education.”
– Educator and department chair with Gregory-Portland Independent School District.
– Active community voice and advocacy for parents, educators, and local schools.
– Member of American Federation of Teachers: GPISD AFT Representative.
– Wife and mother of three attending public schools.
– Doctoral candidate at TAMU-CC, specializing in Education Law and Policy.
My goal for every student:
– Become productive citizens;
– Have confidence and skills to obtain employment;
– Be able to compete in a global society in technology, science, engineering, manufacturing, and agriculture.