Houston GPS was disappointed to learn one of our endorsed candidates chose to engage in dog-whistle political advertising right before the election. We want to be clear that we did not approve said messaging and that it does not align with our core values.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not usually taught in K-12 education because it is a complex theory that requires a base knowledge of history and law to truly engage with. Use of anti-CRT language school board races serves to distract from legitimate discourse on effective governance and, quite unfortunately, continues to mobilize a large portion of the electorate around a misguided understanding of what is and what is not taught in K-12 classrooms. Houston GPS has always stood for equity, especially racial equity, in education. While we do not believe our K-12 schools need to teach CRT specifically, we do actively support inclusive, culturally-relevant instruction and strive to ensure students of color are not facing disproportionate outcomes in education.
Our organization endorses candidates based on their stance on our priority issues, including equity. We work to vet candidates through our endorsement process, by which our Leadership Council approves endorsements only after candidates have filled out our questionnaire, attended our public candidate forum, and have received majority or plurality vote of our members. While we advise our endorsed candidates, we do not have a final say on their election strategies or choice of consultants. In these highly partisan times, even in non-partisan races, there will always be issues and decisions where we are not 100% aligned despite our precautions.
We stand by our core values, and, as we have since 2018, we will actively fight for a district-wide definition of educational equity and racial equity, to be included in board policy. We have research and specific recommendations available on our website. This policy commitment would mark a concrete step towards ensuring ALL children in Houston have access to high-quality education and would pave the way for other equitable policy changes.