P.O. Box 337, Itasca, TX, 76055
Candidate Survey Responses
RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
1. If elected, what will be your top priorities for public education?
STAAR testing continues to come up with constituents district wide. I want to dig into this subject and find out who benefits from this and if there are alternatives that would be better for students and teachers.
2. What are your recommendations for funding public education, including securing the necessary revenue to sustain the improvements made by House Bill 3 in 2019? Do you believe additional funding is needed?
With the covid pandemic, I'm concerned that ADA or WADA may not be the best method for determining school funding. With so many absent with illness, this number could greatly effect smaller districts in this house district. Additional revenue may be needed. I need more information from teachers on where more money could benefit more students.
3. How would you address the challenge of rising health care costs facing Texas educators and ensure that active and retired educators have access to affordable health care?
I need more info on the plans and costs before answering this question. I agree that health care costs are rising.
4. Do you believe the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) should be maintained as a traditional defined benefit pension plan for all future, current, and retired educators, or do you support converting TRS to a defined contribution plan that is more like a 401(k) plan, in which future benefits are not guaranteed?
I am not a fan of 401k plan though I can understand why many organizations are moving towards it and have been for almost 30 years. I would need to study the current plan to understand its funding mechanism in order to determine if I support maintaining it. I'd also like to hear from educators on this matter.
5. What do you feel is the proper role of standardized testing in the Texas public education system? For instance, should student test scores be used for teacher pay, school accountability ratings, evaluating teachers, measuring student progress, etc.?
I believe that proper role for standardized testing should be to measure a student's progress.
6. Would you vote to create any type of voucher, tax credit, scholarship, education savings account, or other program aimed at paying for students, including any subpopulation of students, to attend non-public K-12 schools, such as private or home schools?
No, I against any type of voucher program.
7. State law allows educators and other public employees to voluntarily choose to join professional associations such as ATPE and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks at no cost to taxpayers. Do you support or oppose letting all public employees continue to exercise this right?
I would support letting public employees do what they wish with their paychecks.
8. What role, if any, should charter schools have in the public education system, and do you feel the number of charter schools operating in Texas should be reduced or expanded?
I do not know of any in this district or plans for one. I'm open to discussing this with teachers. I need more info before making a determination one way or the other.
9. How much freedom should school districts have to make decisions during disease outbreaks, such as requiring face coverings and immunizations or transitioning to remote instruction?
As elected school board trustees, I believe this decisions should be made locally based on the latest and best information provided to the local school board.
10. What do you believe is the proper role of virtual education within the public education system? Do you believe full-time virtual education should be expanded, and if so, under what circumstances?
I believe that virtual education has a limited role in public ed. I am not in favor of expansion.
11. What do you feel should be the state’s role (versus the role of school districts or individual educators) in decisions about public school curriculum and instructional materials?
The state should have a role in public school curriculum but I also believe that the local school board should have some input as well.
12. The COVID-19 pandemic and additional instructional support needed to remediate students’ learning losses have placed additional strain on public schools’ staffing needs. How would you work to ensure classrooms are appropriately staffed, teachers’ workloads are manageable, and planning time is not sacrificed amid these challenges?
I commend schools, teacher and admin for responding so quickly during this pandemic. I think it speaks highly of their priorities and commitment to education. I would like a conversation to know exactly what the needs are in our district and go from there to try to find a solution.
Additional Comments from Candidate on Survey
COMMENTS SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
Public educators hold the future of Texas in their hands. We need to strengthen our support for them and the work they do daily.