Public school parent and college professor Michael Soto today officially filed for a place on the Democratic Party ballot to represent Bexar County and deep South Texas on the State Board of Education in District 3.
"I'm deeply concerned that some on the State Board of Education are out of touch with the 4.7 million Texas schoolchildren that it serves. Today I took the first step in a much longer process to bring responsive, common-sense leadership to the SBOE," said Soto.
"I'm proud of the support that I've already received from thoughtful, concerned leaders like former State Senator and former State Board member Joe Bernal and former San Antonio mayor and former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros. During this campaign and well beyond it I look forward to working with folks who care deeply about our kids and schools and about the future of our great state."
Soto's vision for the State Board of Education and Texas public schools rests on four pillars: relying on educational experts, not on partisan ideologues, in developing school policies; listening to teachers and other front-line educators when adopting new standards and textbooks; restoring public trust in how Texas manages its Permanent School Fund; and preparing Texas schools for a longer school year and the highest academic standards in the nation.After attending public schools in Brownsville ISD throughout his childhood,
Soto received a B.A. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He is presently associate professor of English and director of the McNair Scholars Program at Trinity University.
He is married to Celina Peña and their son is a first grade student in San Antonio ISD. The counties in SBOE District 3 are Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson.
Campaign Treasurer: Colleen Casey, Campaign Website: www.Michael-Soto.org