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Reader Commentary: Is the SBOE Being Bought?

By Judy Gasser, TSB Contributor

Recent redistricting of the Texas State Board of Education districts is very favorable to the residents of Collin County. Collin County citizens are no longer a part of SBOE District 9, but rather they comprise the majority of voters in District 12, which includes Highland Park and a bit of Garland and Mesquite. For the upcoming primaries, Collin county residents have an important obligation to vote and a unique opportunity to be heard in SBOE District 12.

This upcoming Republican Primary race has four candidates so there are ample choices for voters. The SBOE determines the curriculum for our students, approves their textbooks, and manages the Permanent School Fund. All four conservative candidates have worthy objectives. Some have considerable experience in education and well thought out platforms. However, only one candidate, Pam Little, is a 28 year Collin County resident, which warrants our serious consideration of her views as we plan ahead for the education of our future leaders in a rapidly changing world economy.

In addition, by looking at the current Texas Ethics Commission Campaign Finance Report interesting information is available. One candidate has far outspent the other three with heavy campaign advertising. In fact, this candidate has spent $93,000 compared to less than $25,000 of the other candidates. This
alone requires that Collin County residents consider carefully all candidates to determine which has the best interest of Collin County in mind or this election has the potential of being bought by campaign spending rather than determined by informed voters.

Judy Gasser
A veteran teacher and Collin County voter

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