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Member, State Board of Education, District 7

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected officeshttps://youtu.be/3XZK4qoFFlU4-year term. The 15-member board decides curriculum, standards, student testing, special education programs, and textbooks for Texas public schools. It also oversees the Permanent School Fund. Members of the board do not receive pay, but are eligible for reimbursement for expenses incurred in the course of official business.Plazo de 4 años. El consejo directivo de 15 miembros decide el plan de estudios, los estándares, los examenes de los estudiantes, los programas de educación especial y los libros de texto para las escuelas públicas de Texas. También supervisa el Fondo Escolar Permanente. Los miembros de la junta no reciben pago, pero son elegibles para el reembolso de los gastos incurridos en el curso de las funciones oficiales.

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    Elizabeth "Eliz" Markowitz
    (Dem)

  • Matt Robinson
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Instruction: What is your position on issues dealing with curriculum, student testing, and special education programs?

Funding: What measures would you take to improve investment policies for the Permanent School Fund and equitable distributions for public schools?

Other Issues: What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

Campaign Phone (281) 785-0432
Twitter @Eliz_TX_SBOE
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I've been an educator for 15 years, authored and co-authored a number of academic texts, worked with future teachers to prepare them for the classroom, and received my doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction - Learning, Design, and Technology. These experiences have allowed me to understand the good, the bad, and the ugly of Texas education.
We must align our curriculum standards with national & international standards for career- & college-readiness. Furthermore, we must put arts, cultural studies, and civics courses back into our curriculum; doing so will only improve the quality of Texas education. We need to eliminate high-stakes standardized testing, which has been proven an invalid and unreliable metric of student or institutional achievement. We must also provide SPED students with the resources & teachers needed to succeed.
I believe we must increase oversight and eliminate conflict of interest in investments by allowing a third party to handle the fund. Unlike current procedures, funds from the Permanent School Fund allocated to the Available School Fund should be distributed equally to all districts, regardless of their average daily attendance; i.e., daily attendance should not be a factor in distribution. Furthermore, these funds must only be allocated to public institutions, not private charter schools.
We must adopt best practices in order to provide high-quality education to all Texans. Curriculum standards and textbook choices must be based upon the valid and reliable research of subject matter experts, and not be subject to partisan bias and extremist views. We must also incorporate vocational training programs back into our high schools, as college in not for everyone. Providing such programs will ensure that all students can lead productive lives with or without a college degree.
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