Who am I?
I am a lifelong Democrat, and I was honored to be the Democratic nominee for Harris County Tax Assessor in 2008 and 2010. Now I am running for Harris County Board of Education, At Large Position 3 because I believe that it's time we made public education a priority in Harris County. I have over 25 years of education experience as a teacher, a principal, and a professor of education, and I have a passion for improving schools and helping children. I have a Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Houston and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. I also worked for 10 years in banking before I went into education so I have the financial experience that is needed to make budgeting and investing decisions. As a former countywide candidate, I have the political experience to run a countywide campaign which this position calls for and I have a good strong name ID from being on the ballot in the recent 2010 election. In short, I have the education experience, the finance experience, the political experience, and the passion to win the upcoming Democratic Primary as well as the General Election in November and to become a successful and contributing member of the Harris County Board of Education.
Why am I running?
I am running for the Harris County Board of Education to make a difference for our public schools, and because I believe that every child deserves equal access to a quality education. I believe that we must invest in our public schools or we will invest in higher unemployment, higher incarceration rates, and a population increasingly dependent on social services. That's why we must protect the Harris County Department of Education and the programs it provides for our schools and our communities. Unfortunately, there is political opposition to the HCDE and there are some political groups that would like to abolish it altogether. If elected, I will protect the HCDE and the services it provides that promote education readiness for our children and help reduce our record drop out rate in Harris County. I will not allow children's services to be used as a political football on the board as they have in the past. I believe that my educational experience, knowledge, and leadership will help me to lead the HCDE board into the future and continue to provide quality services to our public schools.
1. My top goal would be to address the political opposition to the Harris County Department of Education by starting a broad based marketing campaign that would familiarize the public with what the department does for our schools and our communities and what a bargain it is for us. I would do this through holding open houses at the HCDE headquarters buildings as well as the many different locations throughout the county. I would also increase public service announcements about the department.
2. My second goal would be to address the lack of staff and maintenance of facilities at the HCDE due to recent budget cuts. There have been teacher layoffs and 2 Head Start centers had to be closed due to lack of funding for repairs and maintenance. I would address this by partnering with local business and chambers of commerce to help sponsor and pay for needed staff positions and repairs for facilities.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
1. I do not have a campaign manager but rather a campaign committee where everyone has an equal voice on how the campaign should be run, what the message is going to be, and how we will get that message out.
2. I have surrogates in different parts of the county to attend meetings and events for me when I am not available so that our message gets out countywide. Many of these surrogates are teachers or former teachers from teacher organizations.