Dec 11, 2015 by



Mary Lou Bruner, a resident of Mineola, Texas in Smith County, filed an application as a Republican on 12.9.15 to run for the Texas State Board of Education (District 9), an area covering 31 Texas counties.

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Thomas Ratliff currently occupies this seat.  Thomas Ratliff is a registered lobbyist who has worked for Microsoft for at least 17 years.  His presence on the SBOE is a direct conflict of interest since Microsoft receives millions of dollars from Texas schools for products and services.  The Texas Education Agency and the SBOE both do business with Microsoft.  This is unethical and a violation of state law.   

Mrs. Bruner is a retired educator with 36 years of experience in Texas public schools as a teacher, counselor, and educational diagnostician.  She has worked with children of all ages in the school system and has served in many East Texas school districts. 

Mrs. Bruner knows first-hand about the problems in the classrooms and about problems with textbooks and curriculum.  She has testified before the SBOE numerous times since 2005. 

Mrs. Bruner wants to create an atmosphere which maximizes learning and fosters good teaching strategies.  Such an environment helps school districts keep our best teachers in the classroom.

Mrs. Bruner has been a long-time Republican.  This past year she served as secretary of the Lake Country Republican Club, and she also attends Republican meetings in Tyler.   

Statements from Mrs. Bruner:

“The success of an education system is not measured solely by test scores.  We should also be very concerned about the number of adults who are gainfully employed and the number of juveniles and adults who are in the prison system or on drugs.” 

“We need concerned parents, grandparents, local businessmen and educators to guide our education system.  We do not need paid lobbyists in elected offices who profit from inside information and use their influence to help their clients.”

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  1. UMakeADifference

    There’s really but two types of people in the world; the free and the enslaved.

    Those who are enslaved lack the ability to see beyond indoctrination, lack the understanding of maturity as dealing with a point of time, maintain a false sense of worth or reality in a monetary system and systematic governance, unknowingly cling to the concept of ‘circus and bread’ because it’s familiar and seemingly secure, find comfort with grouping, cannot recognize their surroundings, do not know or care to find the truth, and do nothing or maintain the ‘status quo’.

    Those who are free possess critical thinking, welcome constructive criticism, maintain a moral compass, challenge intellectual opinions, are self-sufficient, have established cognitive recognition of environmental surroundings, know the truth, and move to make a difference.

    Thank you Mary Lou

  2. There is no place in office for you, God the many kids you taught you read confuse them. You are so shameful, hope you don’t win

  3. NY State of Mind

    The fact she has been an educator for 36 years is frightening. The most comforting thing is that pole like her are being exposed for the crackpots and bigots that they truly are. I hope Texas people are smart enough not to allow this woman to have influence on the state’s educational direction and future.

  4. Peter Mills

    How does a mental case like this abomination get allowed anywhere near children.
    I agree she needs to be committed where she can not harm herself or others..
    Lithium or some other medication is desperately needed by this nut case.

  5. John Workman

    Were does this whack job get her hate propaganda from? She should be FORBIDDEN from interacting with children.. Her lies and ignorance make her supremely unqualified for ANY public position.

  6. Robbbbb

    Really, Texas? REALLY????

  7. Jim

    You left out her explanation for the disappearance of the dinosaurs (Noah was involved). There are crazy people out there. We know that. But having one running for the State Board of Education, and having it be a board whose choices affect things like textbook content across the country, that’s when it becomes just short of criminal. Please tell me she doesn’t stand a chance.

  8. Brian

    Bruner, in fact, has written about the extinction of dinosaurs. “When the flood waters subsided and rushed into the oceans there was no vegetation on the earth because the earth had been covered with water. . . . The dinosaurs on [Noah’s ark] may have been babies and not able to reproduce. . . . After the flood, the few remaining Behemoths and Leviathans may have become extinct because there was not enough vegetation on earth for them to survive to reproductive age.”

    Meanwhile, “Climate change has nothing to do with weather or climate, it’s all about system change from capitalism (free enterprise) to Socialism-Communism. The Climate Change HOAX was Karl Marx’s idea. It took time to ‘condition’ the people so they would believe such a HOAX!”

  9. Holy cow what an awful woman.

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