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…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

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On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

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