My name is René Cantú and I am running for State Board of Education, District 4. I have worked in education for 29 years, and have been on the K-12, college and nonprofit/community sides. My experience has helped me to understand the education system, good and bad. Specifically, I am very knowledgeable about where the public education system works, and where it fails our students and our families. I am running because I want to be a part of the solution to our educational challenges.
When I was in high school, my parents were going through an eventful divorce, and I had checked out of school. I was called in by my guidance counselor and told “you may as well drop out Cantú, because you’ll never amount to anything.” From that point on, I was out to prove her wrong.
Despite graduating in the bottom quartile of my high school class, and borrowing a gown for my graduation, I went on to receive a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree. By the time I completed my Master’s (at 25) my resentment of this counselor was replaced with a desire to make educational attainment accessible to all, not just the select few popular or nerdy students in school.
In higher education, I advanced from being an intern and college recruiter (in Texas) to becoming Vice President at Nevada State College. I served on the Clark County School District Board of Trustees for District E. The experience taught me much about K-12 governance, leadership and financing.
For the last ten years, I have worked for private educational nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit like Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (JAG) for whom I work are critical in bringing vital wraparound services and highly effective best practices to the public education system. Organizations like have the flexibility to try new approaches that are vital to transforming our system.
I have worked across Congressional District 4 from Hawthorne to Panaca, and from Round Mountain to North Las Vegas. My work is focused on One Nevada, All Nevada, All the Time.
I humbly ask for your vote in the Nevada primary on June 9, 2020.
Dr. Rene Cantu
Candidate, Nevada State Board
of Education, District 4