About Ashley Paz
At 30 years old I became the youngest trustee to serve on the Fort Worth ISD School Board. As your District 9 trustee I am proud to represent some of Fort Worth’s most vibrant communities including Worth Heights, Near Southside, Downtown Fort Worth, Riverside, and portions of Diamond Hill and West Meadowbrook.
In my tenure I have brought a strategic approach to board governance that prioritizes the long term sustainability of programming and stable leadership that focuses on student achievement outcomes rather than adult inputs. This perspective has allowed me to excel in leadership positions on our board and in the national spotlight. After just two years into my first term I was appointed by now New York Education Commissioner Richard Carrranza to serve on the executive committee for Council of the Great City Schools, a national urban education advocacy and research organization. In this role with "The Council" I also serve alongside Commissioner Carranza as Co-Chair of their Bilingual Education Task Force. I am also a member of the FWISD Racial Equity Committee, and I am the chair of the board policy committee where I am leading our board in a policy review with an emphasis on ensuring that our policies do not cross the line of governance.
I am a proud Arkansas native that has found home in the Southside of Fort Worth with my husband Eric, a medical device engineer, and our two daughters Vera and Vivian who attend FWISD schools. In addition to my role as a School Board Trustee I also serve as the Executive Director for The Woman's Club of Fort Worth a non-profit corporation that provides educational programming and community space for women's organizations. In 2017 I graduated with my Executive MBA from Texas Christian University where I studied organizational leadership and completed a capstone that focused on the relationship between stable governance and organizational success.
Putting Children First.
It is too easy for the school board to get caught up in the minutia for the district and lose focus on what is truly important. We need to refocus our priorities on children and the quality of education they receive in the classroom
Improving Neighborhood Schools.
We have schools that work. We should look to schools that are successful, both here and in other districts, and adopt tried proven methods that will raise up our under-performing schools.
Parental and Neighborhood Involvement.
One of the things we KNOW works is increasing parental involvement in the schools. We must work harder at this task. It is unacceptable for ANY school in FWISD not to have an active parent community. It is incumbent on district leadership and school board members to actively engage these communities to encourage engagement.
Protecting Our Taxpayers.
The largest portion of our property tax bill goes to School Taxes. When I joined the FWISD board our district was the second lowest performing urban district in the state. It was difficult to argue that our taxpayers were getting their moneys worth. Today, FWISD is on an upward trajectory, and I am proud of my role in protecting the investment that our taxpayers have made in education in Fort Worth as advocating for a budgeting process that is aligned with student achievement goals.
Board Transparency and Integrity
Our board must conduct its business in the light of day. That means an end to backroom deals. It means an end to petty political bickering. It means an end to improper relationships with outside contractors and vendors.