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Frederick Frazier
Texas House District 61
Status

Candidate

Party

Republican

Occupation

Detective

Address

4100 Eldorado Pkwy., Ste. 100, PMB 241, McKinney, TX, 75070

Additional Information

Frazier won a May 24 runoff in the 2022 Republican primary for Texas House District 61.

Endorsed in the 2022 general election and Republican primary election by Texas Parent PAC, a pro-public education organization that advocates for adequate and equitable funding of public schools, local control, teacher quality, and the prevention of private school vouchers.

Endorsed by the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News in the 2022 Republican primary election and in the May 2022 Republican primary runoff election.

Frazier 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?


The entire public education system has faced many challenges over the last two years. My top priorities are helping students overcome the learning loss due to Covid and supporting teachers who have had to overcome constant difficulties. Providing early intervention for students with learning disabilities/challenges such as dyslexia is also a priority of mine.

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?

The state should pay its fair share to fully fund public education and sustain the improvements made by HB 3.

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?

Healthcare costs are a problem for many. Texas owes it to its active and retired teachers to provide affordable healthcare. Recent reforms at the federal and state levels requiring price transparency should help to bring costs down. Telemedicine is continuing after Covid and is providing options that weren't available before. I will listen to healthcare experts and will look for creative ways to continue to bring costs down.

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 believe the TRS should be maintained as a traditional pension 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.?

Standardized tests should be used as a tool to show educators and administrators where students are doing well and where they need more instruction and support. I do not believe in high-stakes tests that are the only measure of student achievement. Testing data should not be the primary factor in evaluating teachers.

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 do not support vouchers.

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 strongly support letting all public employees continue to exercise this right.

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 believe there are charter schools that are doing a great job educating students. However, I need to learn more about them and about how exactly they are funded. At this time, I do not know if they should be reduced or expanded.

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?

Texas is a very large and diverse state. Local school districts should be able to make decisions about what is best for them locally when there is a disease outbreak. This includes face coverings and immunizations. I do believe in-person instruction is best for students and should be required unless under extreme circumstances.

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 should be a last resort. I do not believe full-time virtual education should be expanded.

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 believe the state sets the public school curriculum. The districts and the teachers should be able to make decisions about the best way to teach and what instructional materials are used. All instructional materials should be age appropriate.

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 will ask and listen to educators about what their needs are. The state should support teachers and not put burdensome trainings or extra requirements on them during this challenging time.

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