Laura Márquez

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Laura Marquez earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Márquez spent seven years as a special education paraprofessional in an Illinois school district before earning a master’s degree in social work from UTEP. She works with the nonprofit Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center, serving children with disabilities.

Key Issues

State Curriculum

Márquez believes that curriculum should be inclusive and representative of all groups — of race, ethnicity and ability. She intends to approach state education policy discussions through a disability lens. With her experience in promoting the voices of minorities, she wishes to set new goals for state curriculum based in equality.

Charter Schools

Márquez opposes the expansion of charter schools, including efforts backed by the Charter Schools Now PAC, on the basis of the lack of accountability in a publicly-funded, privately-operated industry. She intends to mitigate the influence of donors such as the Walmart Family Foundation and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Endorsements

Texas Rep. Mary González (D-Clint)

Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers

Sources

https://ballotpedia.org/Laura_Marquez