The May 6 election is just around the corner and progressives across Texas are stepping up. Since they’re fighting for us, let’s support them by volunteering, spreading the word and getting out the vote.
Here is a candidate statement by Abby Whitmire, in her own words, about why she feels compelled to run for election. To learn more, just click on the link to get to her website.
Humble ISD covers over 90 square miles of northeast Harris County, including the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Fall Creek, and Eagle Springs. The population in the district is expected to rise from 40,500 to approximately 52,000 by 2025 – necessitating the construction of six new schools by 2022, including one high school, the seventh for the district. The district is 19.1% African American, 34.1% Latino, 40.9% White, and 5.9% Other. Almost nine percent of Humble ISD are Limited English Proficient and almost 34% are considered economically disadvantaged.
In the summer of 2016, the school board hired a controversial superintendent who had helped implement a private school voucher program in her previous job. The hiring of Dr. Liz Fagen as Superintendent was done over the very vocal objections of a large segment of the district. Many people in the district are still upset about that, and upset about how the board handled her hiring and how they tried to explain it to the public. A group of parents organized against this hire, and while we were ultimately unsuccessful in that objective, we have continued to serve in the role of watchdog for board and general district matters.
I believe all children in Texas deserve a great, well-resourced school with respected and empowered teachers, regardless of where they live or how much money their family makes. I’m hoping to earn the votes of concerned parents in the district who want to protect public education.
We know what works in education: Small class sizes, rich curriculums, experienced and accomplished teachers, and a system of support that helps to manage problems when students lose focus or fall behind. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. If I am elected to the school board, these will be my priorities.
Let’s Turn Texas Blue!
The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.
Click here to find out when and where to vote.
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Resist, insist, persist, enlist!
March on y’all!