125 E. Dawn Drive, Robinson, TX, 76706
First elected to the SBOE in 2012. Current term expires January 2023. *Melton-Malone was defeated in the 2022 Republican primary election for SBOE District 14.
Melton-Malone ran unopposed for re-election in 2016.
Taught in Texas public schools for 36 years. Member and former state president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).
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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?
My primary role and responsibility as a board member is to assure that our students in Texas receive the best education possible in the safest environment possible.
2. In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing public education in Texas?
I believe the most pressing issue today is intervention from entities that are trying to put things into our curriculum that would not be appropriate for our students and would actually harm them.
3. What role should educators and educator groups such as ATPE play in policy decisions made by the State Board of Education (SBOE)?
I believe that educators and education associations should be a vital part to policy decisions made by the SBOE. Our educators are on the front line every day and are a source of valuable input concerning what our students need.
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?
I believe that the SBOE should give a great deal of weight to educators input in setting curriculum. Teachers are the ones that are in the classroom and that deal with students and the curriculum every day. They absolutely know what the students need and what will work.
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 believe that our state’s public education system definitely enables our students to receive a well rounded education. We must, however, monitor the system continually to assure that it stays current and provides everything our students need. We need to make sure that everything done in the classroom is beneficial to our students and not something done just to do it such as the testing system.
6. What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Texas public education system?
I believe that some charter schools should have a role in the public education system. I believe that the only way a charter school should be granted is for it to offer something really special that the public school cannot offer, for example a school for students with autism.
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 believe that the SBOE should oversee all charters and all expansion requests to assure that they are providing the best education possible for the students.
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)?
I do believe that the SBOE should continue to have oversight of SBEC to make sure that we have quality teachers and programs that are training our teachers to provide the best education possible for our students.
Additional Comments from Candidate on Survey
COMMENTS SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:I believe that our students are precious treasurers that should have every possible opportunity to become the best citizens and leaders for the future! They are our responsibility and we must take their education seriously and make sure that they have the best education and future possible.’