I am happy to formally announce my candidacy for the State Board of Education, and to announce it first on Burnt Orange. Although the district is Republican-leaning, I am convinced that a well-organized Democratic campaign can win. Please join me.
The press release is below the fold.AUSTIN, June 18 – Lorenzo Sadun declared his candidacy today for the State Board of Education (SBOE) in District 10, a seat currently held by Cynthia Dunbar. A scientist and award-winning educator with 28 years of teaching experience, Dr. Sadun has closely watched the SBOE and has testified before the Board on several occasions.
Dr. Sadun has been a math professor at the University of Texas since 1991. In that time, he has watched the math and science skills of incoming students steadily decline. “Our kids deserve a first-rate K-12 education, but in too many cases they're not getting it,” he remarked. “We need real science in the schools, not religious doctrine dressed up in the language of science.”
“Right now, the State Board of Education is dysfunctional,” said Sadun. “Instead of working to improve public education in Texas, the controlling bloc of social conservatives is intent on fighting the culture wars. Instead of appointing qualified experts to guide them, they are appointing ideologues. Instead of listening to teachers and scientific experts, they listen to pressure groups. This has to stop.”
The incumbent, Cynthia Dunbar, does not even pretend to support public education. In her book, “One Nation Under God”, she writes that public education is “clearly tyrannical” (page 103) and “a subtly deceptive tool of perversion” (page 100). Her own children are home schooled.
Dr. Sadun is married with three children, all of whom attend public school. He is an active participant in Congregation Kol Halev of Austin, has served two terms as president, and strongly believes in the separation of church and state. “Religion plays an important role in my life, and in the lives of most Americans, but that's private. We don't impose our religious views on people who believe differently.”
More information can be found on the campaign website, LorenzoSadun.com , or by emailing info@LorenzoSadun.com.
SBOE District 10 includes all of Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, De Witt, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Lee, Milam, Waller, Washington and Williamson Counties, and parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Travis Counties.
Lorenzo Sadun is employed by the University of Texas at Austin, but his views do not necessarily reflect the views of the University.