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SBOE Candidate: Traci Jensen

December 21, 2011

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).

Traci Jensen, District 6, D-Houston
(Current District 6 Board Member: Terri Leo, R-Spring)

Traci Jensen is a former classroom teacher who has also taught at the University of Houston. Current District 6 board member Terri Leo is not seeking re-election to her seat. Jensen’s website is jensen4stateboard.com. The following is from the “Platform” section of her website:

We have a unique opportunity this election to shift this board’s negative culture. I would listen to real scientists, true historians, and current educators. Parents and community leaders from all backgrounds understand the broader educational goals of public education and need to be heard. Texas needs a balanced board that understands the real world and the wonderfully diverse population it serves. I am an educator that understands the complexities of teaching. As we sit here 60% of our student population is considered economically disadvantaged. The research shows that although a good teacher is a piece of the puzzle, poverty, quality of home life, the influence of community and a strong relevant curriculum plays a vital role in the overall success of any student.

If elected, I would give more weight to the College and Career Readiness Standards so that all students are given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills beginning in Kindergarten. In our urban and our rural schools the current flawed curriculum alone is simply not enough to compete in a global community.

If elected, I would put an end to the culture wars perpetuated by the current board. I would focus on what is best for all of Texas’ children by supporting our teachers and believing in our public schools. We need to put integrity back in the board and honor our promises. Vote the board into a new direction!

More Texas SBOE Candidate Filings

December 16, 2011

We’ve seen a flurry of additional candidate filings for Texas State Board of Education races over the last few days. We don’t yet have announcements or campaign websites for all of these candidates, but we wanted to list their names here. We have included other candidates who filed earlier but for whom we also don’t yet have formal announcements. You can find posts about those other SBOE candidates here.

TFN’s SBOE election watch page includes a full listing of candidates who have filed, including (when available) links to their campaign websites: tfn.org/SBOE2012. (If you have information about a candidate’s announcement and/or campaign website, please click here to let us know.)

The candidate filing period ends on Monday.

SBOE District 1
Carlos “Charlie” Garza, R-El Paso (incumbent)
Andres Muro, D-El Paso

SBOE District 2 (Current board member: Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi; not seeking re-election)
Veronica Anzaldua, R-McAllen
Trinita Graham Coretta, D-Corpus Christi
Ruben Cortez Jr., D-Brownsville
Celeste Zepeda Sanchez, D-San Benito

SBOE District 4
Lawrence Allen Jr., D-Fresno (incumbent)

SBOE District 5 (Current board member: Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio)
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, D-San Marcos

SBOE District 6 (Current board member: Terri Leo, R-Spring; not seeking re-election)
David Scott, D-Houston
Traci Jensen, D-Houston

SBOE District 7 (Current board member: David Bradley, R-BeaumontBuna)
Dexter Smith, D-Friendswood [Update: Smith is now filed as a candidate in District 8; that seat is held by Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands.)

SBOE District 10 (Current board member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown; not seeking re-election)
Tom Maynard, R-Florence

SBOE District 12 (Current board member: George Clayton, R-Richardson)
Lois Parrott, D-Richardson

SBOE District 13
Mavis Knight, D-Dallas (incumbent)

SBOE District 14
Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas (incumbent)