Feb 20, 2016 by


[2.19.16 — This is it; if you live in Texas State Board of Education District 9, here is your chance to vote for Mary Lou Bruner.  If you do not live in District 9 but know people who vote in East Texas and Northeast Texas, please do your part by telling them about Mary Lou Bruner.  


Attached is an interview that Mary Lou did, and you will love her common-sense approach to education:



In Texas, whoever gets elected to the SBOE impacts all of our Texas public school students, teachers, parents, businesses, and the economy.  


Mary Lou is a superb choice and will represent exactly the type of education philosophy  that will raise Texas public school children to renewed academic heights. – Donna Garner]



“Mary Lou Bruner, SBOE Candidate To Take Thomas Ratliff’s Place”

By Donna Garner




For more than six years, we Texans have griped and complained about Thomas Ratliff’s being on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) because of his obvious conflicts of interest as a registered lobbyist for Microsoft since at least 1997.  The Texas Education Agency and the SBOE do tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of business with Microsoft because of the many technology ties that are found in today’s public schools. Not only has Thomas Ratliff been on the SBOE, but he managed to get himself put on the exact SBOE committee that handles the Permanent School Fund; this committee decides on contracts, including those with Microsoft. Thankfully Ratliff’s days on the SBOE will be over at the end of 2016 because he failed to get his filing fee turned in by the deadline to run again this year.



All of us in Texas should be so excited because Mary Lou Bruner is running in Ratliff’s spot.  When elected, she will become a huge addition to the SBOE and to all of the millions of public school students and educators in Texas.


Mary Lou is now retired; but she worked for 36 years in the Texas public schools as a teacher, counselor, and educational diagnostician.  She knows how children think. She also knows the best ways to help them learn the foundational knowledge and skills that parents want their children to know. Mary Lou will not be fooled by those who want to indoctrinate our Texas children into anti-American thinking nor by those people who see no need for children to learn the basic skills needed for success (e.g., phonics, grammar, usage, spelling, cursive, math facts, etc.).   


Because Mary Lou and her husband Anthony are retired teachers, they do not have personal wealth to put into this race for the SBOE; and they are depending on all of us Texans to do our part to help them fund their campaign. It does cost money to print cards, buy signs, maintain a website, and drive hundreds of miles in this big state of Texas to meet their constituents.



The decisions made by the elected members of the State Board of Education impact every community and every city in Texas. Therefore, even though Mary Lou is running in District 9 (East Texas and Northeast Texas), we all have a responsibility to help her get elected so that she can stand with the other SBOE members who want those foundational skills to be taught.


Let me be perfectly honest about the other two Republicans who are running in this race.  One of them is a gentleman whose name I had never heard until he filed for the seat, and I have been deeply involved with public school education in Texas and across the United States for eons.  He definitely has not been a part of the  educational battles that so many of us have fought, including Mary Lou.


The third individual is a member of the Lufkin school board; and he is backed by the Ratliff family, the national school administrators’ professional organization, and the national school board association – organizations that are controlled by the federal government and the U. S. Department of Education.


These are statements from Mary Lou Bruner which will give everyone an insight into her values and beliefs:


I am having a fantastic response everywhere I go; but time is running out; and there are so many counties and cities where I haven’t spoken yet. 



Parents, teachers, and conservative community leaders must get involved now to preserve states’ rights, local control of schools, and parental rights.



This SBOE election is vital.  ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act – rewrite of NCLB) needs to be repealed or nullified ASAP. This law is really bad.  The ESSA will over-rule Texas law which DOES NOT allow Common Core curriculum anywhere in Texas.



Local school districts will lose their rights, and parents will lose parental rights if ESSA is allowed to be implemented.  Under ESSA, students are to be profiled and tracked from cradle-to-the workforce not just on academic factors but on social, emotional, and psychological factors. Teachers are not trained psychologists nor psychiatrists, and they should not be forced into making such judgments that can stay on a child’s profile forever.



ESSA enshrines federal control over states’ academic standards by denying federal funds to states that do not align their standards with the ones set by the U. S. Dept. of Education. This is federal control over what our children are taught. 


Texans must stand strong to protect our children, and the Texas State Board has an important role to play in this effort.



Mary Lou Bruner, Mineola, Texas

903-569-0478 (H)

870-718-7062 (Cell)





Donna Garner

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    Joe Cabral

    This disgusting stupid moron should stay home. We do not need bigots in office. Disgusting.

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