The Texas State Board of Education has been in the news quite a bit lately. Generally, it's for all the wrong reasons. The reappointment of the chairman of the board by Governor Perry was recently rejected by the Texas Senate. The chairman and other board members have drawn scrutiny for their orthodox views on science and education. Cynthia Dunbar, the current SBOE district 10 representative has been one of the members of the board who has raised eyebrows.
According to a book and editorials she has written, Mrs. Dunbar believes public schooling is unconstitutional and tyrannical. She sits on the SBOE which over sees public school standards and curriculum. She represents SBOE district 10 which covers Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Fort Bend and 14 other counties. Mrs. Dunbar was elected to the board in 2006 by beating a primary opponent and a Libertarian candidate in the general election; she faced no Democratic Party opposition. During the race, however, she drew several thousand dollars in donations from voucher proponent James Leininger, who does not live in district 10.
It seems that in 2010 however, Mrs. Dunbar, should she choose to run again, will surely face primary and general election opposition. Mrs. Dunbar has not yet publicly announced her intentions. Her website can be found here. Several other potential candidates have already lined up for the SBOE 10 race in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. All of them have years of experience and a dedication for improving the education system in Texas.
Have a look for yourself and weight in with your comments. Click on each potential candidate's name to view their homepage or contact them directly.
Julie Cowan is a mother of three high school students and has served as PTA president at the high, middle and elementary school levels in Austin. She has also served on Campus Advisory Councils, the 2008 Citizens' (School) Bond Advisory Committee, the 2007 Middle School Strategic Planning Task Force, and the 2007 and 2008 Budget Committees. Julie grew up in Houston, attended Robert E. Lee High School, has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.F.A. in Public Relations from Southern Methodist University and holds a Texas Teaching Certificate. She and her husband, Dr. Rob Cowan, live in Austin with their children. Julie Cowan intends to run in the Republican Primary.
Rebecca Osborne has 16 years of teaching experience, 10 years of educational administration experience and holds Texas Teaching Certifications in the areas of Elementary Education, Secondary Education (Social Studies Composite, English, Theatre, Speech, Health, and Art), Special Education and Physical Education. She has taught in several of these subjects in Texas public schools including in Round Rock ISD, Taylor ISD and Angleton ISD. She has a Ph.D. from The University of Texas in Educational Administration, an M.A. from Kent State University, and a B.F.A. from Southwestern University and is a Round Rock High School graduate. She has also served on a doctoral committee, on the District Chapter 41 Committee and the Superintendent's District Advisory Committee. Rebecca currently works as a classroom teacher in Round Rock ISD and lives in Williamson County. Rebecca intends to run in the Republican Primary.
Judy Jennings has worked both for the Texas Education Agency and in the private sector on accountability and assessment issues. Judy has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas. She is currently the Director of Assessment at Resources for Learning. Two of her children are teachers, one in Round Rock ISD. Judy intends to run in the Democratic Primary. Judy has an Act Blue page here.
Lorenzo Sadun has been a math professor at the University of Texas since 1991 and has three children, all of whom attend public school. His wife, Anita Sadun, serves on the Bryker Woods Elementary PTA board. Lorenzo has undergraduate degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from The University of California. Lorenzo serves on the Travis County Elections Study Group and on the Travis County Democratic Party Executive Committee, and over the years has been an adult literacy teacher, a child reading coach, a math tutor and a middle school teacher, all as a volunteer. Lorenzo intends to run in the Democratic Primary. Lorenzo has an Act Blue page here.
Susan Shelton is a technical writer and currently serves as a Democratic Precinct Chair and as the State Democratic Executive Committeewoman for Senate District 14. She was the first in her family to receive a college degree. She has a B.A. in English and a Minor in Secondary Education from the University of Texas. Susan intends to run in the Democratic Primary.
Post Script: The above information was provided by the potential candidates. This is not a political advertisement and is not advocating or endorsing any potential candidate, it is a piece of information and the personal views of the author. Do you know anyone else potentially running for the office? Please post the information below or email me so I can help get the word out.