“I have always fought and will always fight to protect our dedicated Permanent School Fund for its original purpose. This fund was established to pay for our children’s textbooks. I will not allow the Permanent School Fund to be raided by politicians and special interest groups.” ~ Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
Safeguarding our conservative Republican principles for 26 years on the State Board of Education…
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller is the conservative Republican representative for the State Board of Education, District 12. Serving from 1984-2010 and re-elected in 2012, with four of the years (2003-2007) as Chairman, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and confirmed by the Senate and served out her full term plus an extra six months. She is an effective conservative leader on the State Board of Education.
“Tincy Miller is a lifelong conservative Republican who is dedicated to improving education in Texas and making our schools top quality. I urge everyone to join me in voting for Tincy Miller in the Republican Primary and return her to the State Board of Education, District 12.”
State Representative Will Hartnett, Dallas County
“We need more conservative leaders in Austin to protect Texas’ future. Tincy Miller will be a strong conservative voice for our state. She will bring this much needed voice to the State Board of Education. I ask you to join me in voting for Tincy in the April 3rd Republican Primary.”
State Representative Jodie Laubenberg, Collin County
“Tincy Miller is a long time conservative leader who has championed conservative causes as a member of the State Board of Education. I wholeheartedly endorse her.”
State Representative Jim Jackson, Dallas County
The “Tincy” Miller record:
- With a Master’s of Science Degree in Reading specializing in dyslexia,she was instrumental in the passage of the first Dyslexia Law in Texas (and in the Nation) to identify and remediate children with dyslexia and related learning disorders (1985)…teaching students to read, write, and spell.
- Established the first state Dyslexia Handbook for parents and teachers (last update, 2010) and the first licensure law (2009).
- From 1995-1997, the SBOE was mandated to update all K-12 subject-area courses. As a Christian and a phonics-trained teacher, Tincy saw this as a “God moment” to open the door for a major change in how schools teach reading. She helped facilitate and implement the first phonics-based “curriculum standards” in the history of the state. Thus began Gov. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” with all children learning to read by third grade.
- In 2003, as Chair of the SBOE, Tincy spoke to the Republican State Convention announcing: 98% of the first class of third graders to take the state phonics-based test passed. History was made! Phonics Works!
- 2007-2008 updated Reading/Phonics ELA Curriculum Standards to current scientific research in Reading…adopted the new phonics textbooks (2010-2011).
- After studying the textbook review and adoption process, Tincy recommended having teachers in their subject area-specialty review the books, results: finding and correcting 7,000 errors. Discovered that publishers were hiring liberal professors (and doctorate students) to write the chapters in the textbooks without truly editing the books: the board enforced better oversight of textbooks.
- Discovered a “pay to play” scheme with The Children’s Textbook Fund (PSF)and during her Senate confirmation in 2003 reported: external managers were becoming rich on the backs of our kid’s while no value was added to the Fund. After her confirmation, as directed by the Senate, and under her leadership, the external managers were removed.
- Over the 26 years, she worked hard to protect the Children’s Textbook Fund from “raids by Austin politicians…keeping it transparent and “squeaky” clean.”The Fund valued at $24 Billion dollars, is considered one of the best educational endowment Funds in the nation. “I will not sacrifice the sacredness of the Children’s Textbook Fund.”
- Textbooks need to be historically and factually accurate and not politically correct! History “curriculum standards” emphasize patriotism, the free enterprise system, our founding fathers, the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and American exceptionalism.
- In a unanimous vote by the SBOE: Tincy made sure that all theories in the New Science Textbooks would be taught. Encouraging students to think, ask, predict and have increased lab time.
- Math textbooks, such as: Saxon Books, teach the basics – memorizing the multiplication/division table, discouraging calculators in elementary school.
- Health textbooks need to uphold traditional definitions of marriage and family and abstinence-based sex education.
Besides serving as Chair from 2003-2007, Tincy served as Vice-Chair of the board, Chaired the Student Committee on Instruction, and as a member of the Permanent School Fund committee firmly defended it from legislative “raids”, guaranteeing that students have equal access to textbooks and insisted on stringent transparency standards in policy and budgetary decisions.
- She advocates for immersion as the way to teach English to Hispanic Students. Although the bilingual program is mandated by the state, immersion needs to be mandated by the legislature
- “Tincy” will bring back conservative, effective and concerned leadership to the State Board of Education…a vote for “Tincy” is a vote for children!
I welcome your suggestions, advice and support.
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
Email me at Gtince@aol.com