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Cedric Davis Sr.
Texas House District 13
Status

Candidate

Party

Democrat

Occupation

City Manager - CPM, CSCP, CPFIO

Address

P O Box 11 , Marlin, TX, 76661

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Candidate Survey Responses


RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:

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


1. My top priorities for public education will be to review state user fees, & corporate tax abatements to spark a discussion on potentially a source to provide more state funding for public education K-12. Limit the amount of Charter Schools and the state funding and vouchers they receive.
2. Collaborate on additional School Safety funds for school resource officers, mental illness personnel, and social media specialist, standardize disciplinary policies for on campus or online bullying
3. Support the introduction of a more robust technological common core platform of learning into the grade levels 3-12
4. As public educator myself, I have always favored allowing educators to draw both Social Security and TRS and eliminating the WEP or transition into a defined contribution plan that is more like a 401(k) plan.

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?

1. My recommendations for funding public education, includes securing the necessary additional federal revenue to sustain the improvements made by House Bill 3 top priorities for public education will be to review state user fees, & corporate tax abatements to spark a discussion on potentially a source to provide more state funding for public education K-12. Limit the amount of Charter Schools and the state funding and vouchers they receive.

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 believe in the expansion of Medicaid which is billions of dollars for hospitals and public health insurance that Gov. Abbott decided to leave on the table. This could address the challenge of rising health care costs facing Texas educators and ensure that active and retired educators have access to affordable health care.

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?

As public educator myself, I have always favored allowing educators to draw both Social Security and TRS and eliminating the WEP or transition into a defined contribution plan that is more like a 401(k) plan.

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 support the development and implementation of assessment and accountability systems that support student learning. However, believe such systems must be developed with educator input and should be transparent and statistically valid. ATPE members oppose the use of high-stakes tests as the sole measure of student achievement and believe testing data should not be the primary factor in decisions about teacher evaluations, compensation, or employment actions.

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?

I am not in support of voting to create vouchers, tax credits, scholarships, education savings accounts, or other programs aimed at paying for students to attend non-public K-12 schools, such as private or home schools,

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 support the rights of 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.

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?

Being a former educator, I think charter schools should be 100% regulated by the public education system, and the number of charter schools operating in Texas should be reduced,

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?

Being a former educator, I think local school districts should have local decisions making authority during disease outbreaks, such as requiring face coverings and immunizations or transitioning to remote instruction.

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 the proper role of virtual education within the public education system should be expanded, under homebound circumstances such as disciplinary, injuries, pandemic outbreaks, etc.

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?

I feel local school districts should have a more weighted role in decisions about the public school curriculum and instructions of their 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?

I support additional federal educational funding of local schools

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