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Abalos / School Board Years

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Zapata: When did you serve? Abalos: Okay- I always remember when I served based on my daughter’s age. I think I got on in 1988, and I served for 16 years. So right around there, 1988 or '90 is when this was going on. I cannot remember exactly. Zapata: What year did you stop running for school board? Abalos: Well, it was 16 years later. So I do not remember when it is. Honestly, I got defeated. It was about 2004 when I was last on it. I got defeated because there was a movement to prioritize sex education. There was a movement to- they did not want us teaching sex ed, they just wanted them to abstain. That was the movement to abstain. No teaching of anything. I lost because of that. Others on the school board lost because – it was very different. They lost because they supported a superintendent people did not like. They basically lost because of that. I know for a fact that I did not because I was very outspoken against the superintendent. I lost because of the abstinence only issue. The women who beat me served two years and then got off. Did the abstinence only thing and it is no longer in existence of course because you have to address that issue with students. So, I served until then.

Interview Interview with Delma Abalos
Subjects Race Relations
Race Relations › Anglo-Mexican Race Relations
Race Relations › Skin Color in Race Relations
Education › Elementary Education
Education › Secondary Education
Education › Parent and Community Involvement in Education
Education › Education and Gender
Historic Periods
Historic Periods › 1980s
Historic Periods › 2009-Present
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Interview date 2016-07-14
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Abalos, Delma
Interviewers Moye, Todd
Wisely, Karen
Zapata, Joel
Locations Odessa, TX
Duration 00:02:13
Citation "School Board Years," from Delma Abalos oral history interview with Todd Moye, Karen Wisely, and Joel Zapata,  July 14, 2016, Odessa, TX, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed June 01, 2020