Job descriptionThe 15-member State Board of Education sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. Term is four years.
DutiesSets curriculum standards; reviews and adopts textbooks; establishes graduation requirements.
Reviews rules for certifying educators; reviews proposals to award new charter schools.
The board oversees the Texas Permanent School Fund, an endowment that funds charter schools, pays for public school textbooks, and guarantees bonds issued by local school districts.
Annual salaryNo salary; eligible for reimbursement for expenses

Who’s Running?

Aicha Davis (incumbent)
Email: aicha4education@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aicha4education/
Twitter: aicha4education
Democrat
Kathryn Monette
Website: https://kathrynmonette.org
Email: kathrynmonette@gmx.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Kathryn-Monette-for-Texas-State-Board-of-Education-District-13/100077575562070/
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Note: Answers are from primary election.

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
I understand the importance of teaching students the basics of an education and not indoctrination.
2. IN 2022, THE BOARD WILL UNDERTAKE ITS ONCE-A-DECADE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM REVIEW, WHICH MUST INCORPORATE RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT CAN BE TAUGHT IN SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES, BASED ON STATE LAW. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS STUDENT, PARENT, EDUCATOR, AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT THE TEACHING OF SENSITIVE SUBJECT MATTER?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
I think too much of Social Studies are indoctrination. Too much emphasis on race and not enough on character and personal responsibility. Everyone has a choice to their reaction and noone is responsible for how someone else reacts. Judge according to character, not skin color. Move forward, don't live in the past. Solutions not blaming others.
3. THE BOARD REVIEWS APPLICATIONS FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. WHAT CRITERIA WILL YOU USE TO EVALUATE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
I believe they should be owned and run by American citizens and not people from other countries. I believe they need a plan of sound teaching.
4. SCHOOL SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT TEXAS HAVE FACED SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. HOW CAN THE BOARD, THROUGH THE TEXAS PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND AND OTHERWISE, BETTER SUPPORT TEXAS SCHOOLS MOVING FORWARD?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
More teachers and teacher aids. Smaller class room sizes with less testing. More actual books and less online. More vocational learning in high school.
5. TEXAS IS A DIVERSE STATE, AND ITS SCHOOLS SERVE A BROAD ARRAY OF COMMUNITIES IN RURAL, SUBURBAN, AND URBAN SETTINGS. WHAT ROLE SHOULD THE BOARD PLAY IN ENSURING THAT ALL TEXAS STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION? WHAT RESOURCES (TECHNOLOGICAL AND OTHERWISE) DO SCHOOL DISTRICTS NEED TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
The board needs to insure that class materials and books are sound and then it's up to each district to decide how to utilize.
6. WHAT DOES “LOCAL CONTROL” MEAN TO YOU? HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE DIFFERENT NEEDS AND VIEWS OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND THEIR ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS, WITH THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE ON EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
Local control means that the school districts make decisions for their local schools that best fit the needs of their students. There should be a baseline for graduation that is across the board, but school districts can decide the best way to achieve it with parent involvement.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Aicha Davis
Kathryn Monette
I think comprehensive sex education needs to be abolished. Any other place it would be considered porn and called grooming of children. It needs to stop ASAP! We should be protecting the children.