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Michael Travis Stevens
Texas State Board of Education District 1
Status

Candidate

Party

Republican

Occupation

Educator

Address

12519 Old Stillwater, San Antonio, TX, 78254

Additional Information

Endorsed by the editorial board of the San Antonio Express-News in the 2022 Republican primary election.

Candidate Survey Responses


RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:

1. If elected, what do you believe your primary role and responsibility as a state board member should be?


If elected, my primary role would be to serve as a relevant advocate for teachers in regards to curriculum, instruction, teaching practices and how they are evaluated.

2. In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing public education in Texas?

The lack of classroom teacher representation on the SBOE, is the most pressing issue facing public education in Texas. Curriculum, funding, classroom management, attendance and all of the other issues that need to be addressed in our current education system, can best be done by individuals who understand how those issues impact teachers and students.

3. What role should educators and educator groups such as ATPE play in policy decisions made by the State Board of Education (SBOE)?

I feel that educators and educator groups such as ATPE should have a voice in policy decisions made by the SBOE. Since all decisions made by the SBOE directly impact teachers, it only makes sense that teachers should be heard by the SBOE, so they can voice their support, or concern over a potential decision.

4. How much weight should the SBOE give to educators’ input when it comes to setting curriculum standards (known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or “TEKS”) and evaluating instructional materials?

Since teachers are the ones who have to implement and assess curriculum standards they should provide the most input when it comes to setting the TEKS.

5. Do you believe our state’s public education system, including current regulations on testing and accountability, graduation requirements, and curriculum standards, enables students to receive a well-rounded education throughout all grade levels? Would you recommend any changes?

I do not believe that our current public education system enables students to receive a well-rounded education throughout all grade levels. In many cases, schools are forced to pass students along, so they can meet state required attendance and passing rates, in order to maintain full funding. Changing how schools are funded, will take the pressure off of Title 1 schools to push students through and enable these schools to take the time needed to help every student master grade level content material.

6. What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Texas public education system?

As an advocate of school choice, I feel that charter schools should continue to grow and expand in the Texas public education system.

7. What role should the SBOE play in overseeing charter schools, such as approving or denying new charter applications and expansion requests of existing charters?

I feel that the SBOE should continue to oversee charter schools, to ensure that the standards of these schools align to that of their public counterparts.

8. Do you believe the SBOE should continue to have the authority to review and potentially veto any rulemaking actions taken by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)?

Yes, I do believe that the SBOE should continue to have the authority to review and potentially veto any rulemaking actions taken by SBEC. In order to certify that certification standards are aligned to teaching expectations established by the SBOE, these two entities need to work in unison. 

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