Letter to the Editor:
On May 24 Northeast Texans will choose their representative for the State Board of Education. Texans need SBOE members who will stand strong against the federal law called ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) that passed last December. Common Core Curriculum is completely embedded in ESSA, and the law includes measures designed to force all 50 states to accept the top-down, once-size-fits-all Common Core curriculum even if the states have laws like the Texas Education Code that forbid Common Core Curriculum.
I believe the children belong to the parents not the federal government. I do not agree with the SBOE candidate who said “subject matter experts, not partisan extremists” should decide what goes in the textbooks. By “subject matter experts” he means liberal university professors, Washington bureaucrats in the Dept. of Education, and liberal national teachers’ association leaders. By “partisan extremists” he means parents and local taxpayers. The man who used these words calls himself a Republican, but the words are the talking points of the Democrats and are found on page 9 of the 2014 TX Democrat Platform.
This person does not want parents or local teachers to have any say in the curriculum. He also does not want parents to send their children to private schools or to educate their children with home-school programs.
This take-it-or-leave-it-attitude does not respect parental rights. SAT and ACT scores indicate only 1 out of 6 graduates are prepared for college or employment.
I am a candidate for SBOE-9. I believe parents, local teachers, and taxpayers should have a say in the curriculum. I also understand the pressure teachers are under because I have 36 years of experience in Texas public schools.
Election Day is May 24.
Mary Lou Bruner, Candidate for SBOE-9