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2014 SBOE General Election Voter Guide

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The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has assembled a nonpartisan voter guide to inform citizens about the positions of candidates for the State Board of Education.

All information reported here was provided directly by each candidate or campaign in response to a questionnaire. 

The guide is into two categories: the state board's authority and process, and education issues that have or may come before the board. Click on one of the categories to see where candidates stand on that issue. (We have included responses only from candidates who completed the questionnaire.)

white star logo  State Board of Education Authority and Process

Question: Teachers and academic scholars should have primary responsibility for writing curriculum standards and textbook requirements for Texas public schools.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
No

 

Question: The State Board of Education should set minimum qualifications for experts involved with the adoption of curriculum standards and textbooks, including teaching experience or academic research in a relevant field of study.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Disagree
No
No

 

Question: State Board of Education members should be required to file proposed amendments to curriculum standards in advance of meetings so that all board members have an opportunity to study the proposals fully before voting on those amendments.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
No

 

white star logo Education Issues

Question: Texas' social studies curriculum standards (TEKS) distort or suppress aspects of U.S. history dealing with slavery, segregation and struggles for civil rights by women and minorities, and the State Board of Education should REJECT social studies instructional materials (textbooks) that do not correct these flawed elements.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
No Position
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
Yes

 

Question: Social studies instructional materials (textbooks) should make clear that the separation of church and state is a key Constitutional principle that protects religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring a particular religion.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
Yes

 

Question: Public school science classes should present the substantial scientific agreement about the occurrence, consequences and causes of climate change, including anthropogenic/human-causal factors.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Disagree
No
Yes

 

Question: Science classes should NOT present creationism and/or “intelligent design” alongside evolution as credible scientific theories.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
No Position
No
Yes

 

Question: Texas should NOT use taxpayer dollars to fund vouchers that pay tuition for students at private and religious schools.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
No Position
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
Yes

 

Question: High school sex education classes should teach the importance of abstinence but also include medically accurate information about contraception and disease prevention, including condoms and other forms of birth control.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Disagree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Agree
No
Yes

 

Question: Texas should require public schools to protect all children from bullying, harassment and discrimination in school, including the children of gay and lesbian parents or teenagers who are gay.

District Candidate Response Additional Comments
SBOE 2
SBOE 2
Ruben Cortez Jr. (D-Brownsville)
Edward DeClements (L)
Agree
No Response
No
No Response
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
SBOE 3
Marisa B. Perez (D-San Antonio)
Dave Mundy (R-Gonzales)
Josh Morales (L)
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
No Response
SBOE 4
SBOE 4
Lawrence Allen (D-Fresno)
Dorothy Olmos (R-Houston)
Agree
No Response
Yes
No Response
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
SBOE 7
David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Kathy King (D-Port Neches)
Megan DaGata (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
SBOE 11
Pat Hardy (R-Weatherford)
Nancy Bean (D-Arlington)
Craig Sanders (L)
No Response
Agree
Agree
No Response
Yes
Yes
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
SBOE 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R-Dallas)
Lois Parrott (D-Dallas)
Mark Wester (L)
No Response
Agree
No Position
No Response
No
Yes
SBOE 13
SBOE 13
Erika Beltran (D-Dallas)
Junart Sodoy (L)
Agree
Disagree
No
Yes

 

 

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