MARIA BERRY FOR TEX. SBOE: SHOULD WE CARE?

Jan 17, 2020 by

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“Maria Berry for Tex. SBOE: Should We Care?

By Donna Garner

1.17.20

The Texas State Board of Education is made up of only 15 elected members. The way each of these 15 people on the SBOE votes directly impacts

5 ½ million students, 750,000 educators, and 1200 school districts/charters.

In reality, the way each of these 15 people on the SBOE votes impacts each and every Texan because we all depend upon having people around us who are well-educated.

Whenever we need a first responder, seek medical care, go to the grocery store, access any type of business, perform a monetary transaction, or get on an airplane, we are dependent upon the educational level of those serving us. If those people around us are prone to make errors in judgment because of their lack of expertise and background knowledge, our very lives could be at risk.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SBOE AND TEXAS LEGISLATORS

I totally recognize and appreciate how important the Texas Legislators are to our future, but there are 181 of them. Those 181 receive salaries, have offices, hire staff members, and receive other benefits covered by the taxpayers; and that is fine because they are giving of their lives to serve the public.

In contrast, however, the 15 elected members of the SBOE receive no remuneration for their many hours of service, have no paid staffs nor offices, and receive no taxpayer-funded benefits.

I actually think that is a good thing because the SBOE members serve out of their heart’s desire to do good and not out of any monetary gain. They are not obligated to any big lobbying groups.  Teaching is a worthy profession because of the importance of children.  Being on the SBOE is a worthy goal for the same reason.

At the same time, we voters must support monetarily those who run for the SBOE. We cannot expect them to go into personal debt during their campaigns and then serve on the Board without pay and without any remuneration to retire that debt.

Typically the big donors give to legislators and forget about the tremendous importance of the SBOE. It is up to the thousands of us every day “moms and pops” to help fund great SBOE candidates such as Maria Berry.

MUST TAKE SBOE RACES SERIOUSLY

Now to my point:  The future of our country will eventually rest upon the shoulders of our school children.  We as voters must take the SBOE races very seriously.

I have taken the time to spend many hours with Maria Berry, getting to know what matters to her, learning about her background and expertise, watching her interact with her own husband and children, and finding out where she stands on all-important issues.  I am convinced she is trustworthy, teachable, capable, and deeply committed to conservative values.

The future of our country will eventually rest upon the shoulders of this and succeeding generations of school children.  We in Texas must elect SBOE members who will lead our children in the right direction.

Three of our solid conservative SBOE members (Cargill, Bahorich, Mercer) are retiring from the Board.  It is incumbent upon us voters to elect other strong, conservative leaders to the Board.  (Maria Berry, Lani Popp, and Audrey Young will make a great threesome.)

MARIA BERRY’S SBOE DISTRICT

Maria Berry and JB live on a limited income and have a family of their own to rear. They are both in agreement that Maria should run for the SBOE (District 14) and are willing to make the sacrifices required, but they cannot go into mounting debt to achieve that goal.  

Most Texans probably do not know that each SBOE district normally covers more territory and more constituents than Texas Legislative districts cover.  

Maria’s SBOE District 14 stretches (1) south-to-north from above Killeen to past Denton and (2) west-to-east from the Eastland area to Corsicana – with every city and town in between (2015 map giving names of the cities/towns in District 14 https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/fyiwebdocs/PDF/sboe/dist14/r6.pdf)

The good news is that Maria Berry is trying her best to meet-and-greet as many voters in District 14 as possible even though the time is short with Early Voting starting on Feb. 18.  

Active voters in the Denton area have reported to me that they have never even met the SBOE incumbent District 14 member during her entire time on the Board and that they are delighted Maria Berry has already taken the time to come visit with them.

WE CONSERVATIVE VOTERS MUST STEP UP

Traveling costs money that Maria and JB do not have. They are very hard-working people but are not people of wealth. Yard signs ($600), push cards ($300), radio spots ($3500) – all are needed for a successful campaign.

In three minutes, a person can donate easily on Maria Berry’s campaign website. If each of us gave $10, $20, or more, think of how much that added together would help her to gain name recognition when it comes time for people to vote.

If we do not care about the future of our school children, who will? 

TO READ MARIA BERRY’S BIO AND PLATFORM AND TO GIVE A DONATION, PLEASE GO TO:  www.mberrysboe.com

TO SCHEDULE A PUBLIC MEETING AT WHICH MARIA COULD SPEAK, PLEASE CONTACT HER AT: maria@mberrysboe.com

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARIA BERRY:

1.8.20 — “Texans, Chance To Make a Difference: Elect Maria Berry to SBOE” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/texans-chance-to-make-a-difference-elect-maria-berry-to-sboe/

1.12.20 – “Maria Berry – Texas SBOE Candidate — Extraordinary” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/maria-berry-texas-sboe-candidate-extraordinary/

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