Erika Beltran is a promising young leader with a strong background in education policy. We unanimously and enthusiastically endorse her for election in State Board of Education District 13.
SBOE District 13 is an open seat this year after current board member Mavis Knight announced she will not seek a fifth term. Of the three candidates running to replace her, only one has the expertise and dedication to continue to be a leader on the State Board of Education–that candidate is Erika Beltran.
Beltran is a former teacher with an inspiring story and a history of activism on education policy. She is the daughter of non-English speaking immigrant parents who overcame many challenges to build a successful career as an educator and advocate. Beltran is currently the director of the Dallas-based nonprofit Teaching Trust, which works on leadership development for teachers. Last year, she led a group of educators to the Capitol to testify on HB 5, the bill that reduced the required number of end-of-term tests for students. Her knowledge of policy issues and her experience as both a teacher and an advocate make her the clear choice to represent SBOE District 13.
Beltran's opponents are Dallas ISD administrator Andrea Hilburn and teacher A. Denise Russell. Both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram have pointed out that Andrea Hilburn seems not to know much about many current education policy issues, such as HB 5 and the CSCOPE curriculum. Russell, on the other hand, has a great deal of experience as a teacher, but lacks Beltran's level of policy knowledge.
The winner of the Democratic primary in SBOE District 13 will face no Republican opposition in November.
Erika Beltran is a dedicated advocate whose passion and expertise give her the potential to make a tremendous impact on public education. We unanimously endorse her for election in SBOE District 13, and urge you to support her campaign.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.