As parents across the country challenge local school districts’ instructions to their children, pro-parent candidates in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District swept their local school board races on Tuesday.
Conservative candidates Todd LeCompte, Justin Ray, and Christine Kalmbach were elected to the Cy-Fair ISD Board of Trustees.
“Today is a victorious day for the students, parents, and community of CFISD,” commented Cruz on the win. “This historic school board flip is the result of a growing grassroots campaign to empower parents and return common-sense teaching back to the classroom. Our children’s education faces constant indoctrination and radicalization, which is why I was proud to endorse Todd LeCompte, Justin Ray, and Christine Kalmbach.”
“I look forward to seeing them help usher in a new era of empowering parents and securing the education of our future generation in Texas’ third largest school district,” added Cruz.
LeCompte, Ray, and Kalmbach join pro-parent trustees Natalie Blasingame, Scott Henry, and Lucas Scanlon on the board. Blasingame, Henry, and Scanlon were elected to the board in 2021 following an outcry over Critical Race Theory in staff trainings and school curricula.
Teresa Thomas, Moms for America’s Texas liaison, told Texas Scorecard, “These candidates ran on the fact that parents are number one, they are the primary decision maker in their child’s life. They are committed to putting parents first in curriculum choices and providing full transparency. They actually lift up families and believe in the inalienable rights that are given to parents.”
Thomas has been working to flip the Cy-Fair ISD school board since 2020.
“We saw how the schools were beginning to divide families. They were separating the families from their children by not allowing the parents to make decisions. So we started a parent’s movement three years ago, which resulted in having three conservative board members elected. And we’re really really excited to see that that’s carried on to this election.”
She said one teacher recently commented in a school board meeting that she parents 300 students and offended many parents in the audience.
“Now our votes in the community are signaling that the parents want to make the decisions. They want to be informed. They don’t want information about their children being kept from them—whether it’s counseling services, academics, gender issues—they want to be notified, they want to be informed, and they have made a strong statement. And now we have six board members that have committed themselves to standing up for parents.”
Cy-Fair ISD is currently in the middle of a new superintendent search.
The current school board chose to select a lone finalist for a new superintendent before the election.
CyFair ISD is the largest A-rated district in Texas, with 88 schools serving about 117,000 students.
It is currently one of many Texas school districts fighting the annual release of the Texas Education Agency’s A-F school accountability ratings. The districts are arguing that the new calculation of scores could lower their grade.
However, Thomas says, “With the election of these new board members, our future looks bright for parents and students in the third largest school district in Texas.”