Erika Beltran

Member, Texas State Board of Education

Dallas, Texas

Erika Beltran was elected to the Texas State Board of Education in November 2014 and will serve a four-year term.

Prior to joining the Board, Erika spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and worked on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. From California, Erika moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent five years working for a national civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families.

Currently, Erika works as the regional director for a national nonprofit that develops the leadership skills of Teach For America corps members and alumni in Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas.

Erika hold’s a master’s of public affairs from LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

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Posted June 29, 2015

‘Treated with a Lack of Dignity’: What Message Are We Sending Students?

Videos showing the abuse and mistreatment of young people of color by law enforcement are becoming far more commonplace than…

By Erika Beltran

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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