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Angi Aramburu
Texas House District 122
Status

Candidate

Party

Democrat

Occupation

Small Business Owner

Address

20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, PMB 477, San Antonio, TX, 78258

Additional Information

Aramburu participated in a nonpartisan candidate forum hosted by the education-focused nonprofit organization Raise Your Hand Texas prior to the 2022 primary election. Watch video of that event here.


Candidate Survey Responses


RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:

1. If elected, what will be your top priorities for public education?


Funding and safety are my top priorities. We must properly fund the schools to pay our teachers more and provide necessary services to students. Regarding safety, schools need to implement covid safety protocols to protect students and staff.

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?

First, we need to make sure our tax dollars are going toward public schools and not privately run schools with no taxpayer oversight. Second, we need to make sure we are utilizing all of the pandemic assistance we received from the federal government for education. Currently, there is still $5.5 billion for public schools that has not been allocated. Finally, we need to review and adjust how property taxes are assessed and make sure funding is equitable across the state.

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?

Expanding Medicaid by accepting the $3.5 billion of our tax dollars from the federal government would help provide coverage to retirees. Additionally, we need to increase contributions to teachers' healthcare premiums from the state and school districts to keep up with increased healthcare costs.

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?

Those who dedicate their lives to teaching should not have to gamble with retirement savings. Teachers need a defined benefit pension plan with guaranteed benefits that is properly funded by the state.

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.?

Standardized tests are valuable in measuring student progress, but should not be the sole measure or goal of a curriculum. Because there are so many factors involved in a student's success, test results should not be the primary measure of a teacher's impact and thus not used to determine teacher pay.

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. That funding should be put into public schools to ensure we are meeting the needs of the subpopulations so that they do not need to seek those services elsewhere.

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 fully support this.

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?

If Charter schools receive taxpayer dollars, they need to abide by the same rules and regulations as other public schools to ensure they are providing a quality education and using the funds appropriately. A committee should be formed to provide more oversight on expansion.

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?

School districts should be required to follow the guidance of local health officials when making these decisions.

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?

Virtual education has been necessary during the pandemic, but most students do better when they are in school. If we move forward to offer a virtual option, it should operate as its own public school and not be outsourced to a private company.

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?

We need a statewide, well-rounded curriculum designed by experts to meet the needs of all students. Allowing school districts and individual teachers to teach whatever they want would be a disservice to our students.

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?

We need to pay higher wages and implement covid protocols to keep teachers safe so that we can adequately staff the schools. More work is being handed to fewer people and it is not sustainable.
 

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