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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am a first-generation college student. I am the first person in my family to pursue a doctoral degree. Growing up in rural Texas my parents worked multiple jobs to ensure my sister and I never went without. I am a living example of the transformative power of Texas public school education.

That’s why I am so proud to be your Democratic Nominee for the Texas State Board of Education, District 6, representing 2 million people in the Houston area. Many of the children in this district face hardships that can make success in school seem impossible. 

I believe it’s time we put children before politics.

I will fight for developmentally-appropriate curriculum standards. I will demand textbooks based on facts rather than biases.  Our children deserve accurate narratives of history, social studies, and science.  I will work to end the psychological toll high-stakes testing is taking on our kids. Every child should have a quality education, be prepared for the future, and have an equal opportunity to attend college or obtain a job, regardless of where they come from, how much money they have, or who they are. 

My opponent, who lacks any education experience, continues to advocate for a political agenda—when you are more focused on keeping your position and satisfying special interests, your decisions do not support the more than 5 million students in this state. Texas families are tired of hearing about our poor graduation rates (we are last in the nation), our low education standards (consistently in the bottom ten, recently), and the ongoing attack against teachers, our diverse communities, and fact-based curriculum and textbooks. Our education system should impart a sense of pride, not be a national embarrassment.  

I am the right choice for District 6 because I spent my entire adult life teaching, mentoring, and studying child development. I am the only candidate that has education experience-- both as a teacher/educator and training in child psychiatry/development. I have written curriculum and texts. I have fought for access to education. I am proud of my work in daily interactions with students and families that are low-income and struggle within our education system. These families cannot afford tutoring, resources, and many times see me as a last resort to make sure the education system works for them. I also continue to fight for all students every day in managing two education non-profit organizations that teach students, families, and community leaders issues ranging from child development, cultural competency, and mental health. It’s time that District 6 has a representative that understands education and is not tied to special interests or a political agenda. 

 Our community also deserves a board member who is honest and authentic. As the youngest and first openly gay candidate to run for this seat, I have taken a risk. But, I’m hoping you will help me reach my goal of quality education for every student in this state. Ahead of the primary, I organized a strong grassroots campaign and garnered nearly every local endorsement. My message of “Students Before Politics” isn’t a gimmick. It’s what I’m fighting for.

Fighting for our kids every day,

-Dakota Carter, MD

 
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  • commented 2016-08-03 19:26:23 -0500
    I just attended an event where Dr. Carter spoke. He was energetic, knowledgeable about the important issues in education today, and laser-focused on helping Texas children benefit from the public education system that gave him a path to success. If you get a chance to speak to him, or hear him speak, go!

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