The republican candidates for the 15th district are Marty Rowley and Anette Carlisle.
Election day is Tuesday.
Both Republicans Anette Carlisle and Marty Rowley are candidates for the State Board of Education, District 15.
Rowley says his skills as a professional mediator give him an edge.
"That skill might serve me well on the school board in light of the tension and friction." Rowley says.
Carlisle says she has more experience.
"I have spent the past 20 plus years involved in public education. I've been elected to the school board for 5 different terms since 1996," Carlisle says.
As for funding for public schools:
"We really need to re-think the way we fund public education. A special committee is formed now to look at that. I hope they have the political will to really change things!" Carlisle says.
"The problem is we have some schools recieving up to 10,000 dollars per child more than others Amarillo ISD for example is on the lower end so we have these drastic differences in what different districts receive." Rowley says.
And textbook curriculum's a hot topic; controversial on whether to teach evolution or intelligent design.
"I would be very concerned about asking someone else to teach my children beliefs in a public school setting," Carlisle says.
"Progress towards a more balanced curriculum that's what I'm in favor of," Rowley says.
And regarding new STAAR testing, both agree there's too much emphasis on the test.
"We really need to change the focus," Carlisle says.
"I think its government gone crazy!" Rowley says.
District 15 covers 77 counties.
All 15 seats on the state education board are open because of redistricting.
For more on Anette Carlisle, visit her website here, and for more on Marty Rowley, his website ishere.