Tomball Independent School District’s top administrator has been named a finalist for “National Superintendent of the Year” by a government education advocacy group that promotes leftist ideology.

Martha Salazar-Zamora, who has served as Tomball ISD’s superintendent since 2017, was announced as one of four finalists for the award from AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Formerly known as the American Association of School Administrators, AASA advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and COVID-19 vaccinations for young children. The group also supported the Safer Communities Act—gun control legislation that funded mental health programs in schools. 

In AASA’s magazine, an article by education writer Merri Rosenberg supported the idea of school districts hiring chief equity officers. It also shared how other school districts have implemented these positions within their schools and leadership. 

A post from the organization’s X page shared that the new COVID-19 vaccination is authorized for children as young as 6 months old. The post encouraged everyone to get vaccinated, saying, “Everyone—including children ages 6 months and older—should get a COVID vaccine for protection against the worst outcomes of COVID.”

Additionally, the group reposted a post from their advocacy account “AASA Advocacy” which shared how the group was disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a high school football coach who prayed with his team on the 50-yard line. The coach faced backlash from the school district, which said the act could be perceived as a school endorsement of religion. 

However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the coach in a vote of 6-3, saying that the school district violated the coach’s free speech and free exercise rights when it barred him from praying on the field after games. 

Shortly after, AASA posted saying that the organization is “dismayed by the decision and believes no public school student should be pressured to pray in school.” 

Furthermore, the group also advocated and helped write the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which according to the act’s summary “makes various changes to federal firearms laws, including to expand background check requirements, broaden the scope of existing restrictions, and establish new criminal offenses.” However, the law has been criticized for incentivizing states to impose “red flag” laws. The purpose of such laws is to deny otherwise law-abiding citizens their right to purchase firearms by circumventing the Constitution’s due process protections. 

The finalists for AASA’s award will have the opportunity to meet the national education community during a press conference in January that will be held in Washington D.C. 

The winner of the award will be announced at the organization’s National Conference on Education in February.

Salazar-Zamora is also the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) president-elect. TASA is a taxpayer-funded organization that often works in favor of school districts to the detriment of parents and students. 

Texas Scorecard reached out to Tomball ISD regarding whether the district will be using taxpayer funds to pay for Salazar-Zamora’s travel expenses, but received no response by publication. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.