Round Rock school board trustee Mary Bone announced today that she is running for the Texas State Board of Education, where she will fight to protect kids from the woke agenda and empower teachers and students to succeed.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) sets policies and standards for Texas government schools.

Bone is challenging 12-year incumbent Tom Maynard in the March Republican primary.

“My four priorities are to fight for parental rights, improve student achievement, restore fiscal responsibility, and finally end the destructive woke culture,” Bone said in her campaign announcement. “I have unapologetically fought for these conservative priorities on the Round Rock ISD school board and have the scars to prove it.”

Bone was elected in 2020 as a trustee for Round Rock Independent School District in Williamson County.

She and fellow conservative trustee Danielle Weston have battled the board’s liberal majority to protect students, parents, and taxpayers throughout a series of scandals and spending sprees.

The two trustees recently launched a podcast called the Bone and Weston Report to discuss issues affecting school children in Round Rock and across Texas.

Bone is an engineer, a university professor, and a mom of two children in government schools. She was a volunteer of the year and the PTA president at her local middle school before joining the school board.

She says that despite the billions of taxpayer dollars sent to Texas public schools every year, data shows student academic performance is declining.

“This represents a tremendous threat to the future of Texas,” said Bone. “Now, more than ever, the SBOE members must work together and exercise the SBOE’s lawful powers and duties to reverse these devastating educational trends.”

“It’s time that SBOE District 10 be represented by a motivated and loving parent who understands the urgency to return our schools to places parents and communities can trust,” she said. “The future of Texas and America depends on our schools educating, not indoctrinating, the next generation.”

The SBOE is made up of 15 elected members, each representing about 1.8 million Texans.

District 10 includes 27 counties: Anderson, Austin, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Colorado, Comal, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Henderson, Kendall, Kerr, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, Mason, Milam, Robertson, San Saba, Washington, and Williamson.

Daniel Caldwell is also running for the District 10 seat in both the Republican and Democrat primaries and the Green Party convention.

Primary Election Day is March 5, 2024.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.