Hope Lee Nichols Is Wrong

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 30, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Democrats to Challenge Dunbar on Education Board” [Newsdesk, Jan. 30]: Actually, Lee Nichols does not know that there will be any Democrat running against Cynthia Dunbar, and neither do I. The filing for this office is not until Dec. 3 of this year, the office requires lots of work, and pays zero, zilch. Members get travel expenses and are put up in nice hotels and get meals, but that's about it.
    The State Board of Education meets about seven times a year, for two or three working days, all day, either Wednesday through Friday or Thursday through Friday, usually in Austin.
    To run as a Republican or Democrat, one needs a $300 filing fee or 500 signatures. Libertarians need no filing fee, but then again, Libertarians never get elected.
    The State Board of Education is important because of the influence it has on textbooks, etc., for K-12 education.
    To learn more about the SBOE, come to the forum on it at Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock, from 11:45am to 1:15pm on Saturday, Feb. 7.
    I hope to see you there.
John Keohane
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