1832 Grassy Ridge Rd, Graford, TX, 76449
First elected to the Texas House in 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2023.
Rogers won a May 24 runoff in the 2022 Republican primary for Texas House District 60.
Endorsed in the 2022 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. He also received the same group's endorsement in the 2020 election.
Endorsed by the editorial board of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram in the May 2022 Republican primary runoff election.
Rogers 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.
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House Vote #1 - 2021: VOUCHERS
Voted for a budget amendment to prohibit state funds from being spent on private school vouchers. ATPE supported the amendment.
House Floor Amendment #84 by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown) to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. The House passed the ATPE-supported amendment during its debate on the budget bill, April 22, 2021. (Record vote #410. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.)
House Vote #2 - 2021: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Voted for a bill creating the "Supplemental Special Education Services" grant, which allows parents of eligible students in special education to apply for a grant of up to $1,500 for the purchase of supplemental educational services and materials.
Senate Bill 1716 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), sponsored in the House by Rep. Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. The bill as passed by the Senate would have created a special education voucher program, which ATPE opposed, but the House removed the voucher language. On May 26, 2021, the House voted to pass its version of the bill on third reading, sending SB 1716 to the governor without objection from ATPE. (Record vote #1516. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.)
House Vote #3 - 2021: COMPENSATION
Voted for an amendment that would have ensured teachers could keep pay raises they had received as a result of 2019 school finance legislation. ATPE supported the amendment.
House Floor Amendment #14 by Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) to House Bill 1525 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingsville), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On April 21, 2021, the House passed the ATPE-supported amendment during its floor debate on a school finance clean-up bill. (Record vote #387. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.)
House Vote #4 - 2021: CIVICS AND CURRICULUM
Voted for a bill that mandated changes to social studies curriculum standards, sought to ban the teaching of concepts that have been associated with "critical race theory," limited students' access to course credit for activities related to legislation, and restricted educators' discussions of controversial topics and current events in the classroom. ATPE opposed the bill.
House Bill 3979 by Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On May 11, 2021, the House voted to pass the ATPE-opposed bill on third reading. (Record vote #982. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.) Read more about the bill here.
House Vote #5 - 2021: CIVICS AND CURRICULUM
Voted for a bill passed during the second special session that replaced HB 3979 passed during the regular session. The bill requires the State Board of Education to change social studies curriculum standards and seeks to ban the teaching of concepts that have been associated with "critical race theory." SB 3 mandates a civics training academy for certain teachers and requires that teachers address controversial topics in an objective manner free from political bias. ATPE opposed the bill overall but supported House floor amendments that made the bill better than its predecessor, HB 3979.
Senate Bill 3 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), sponsored in the House by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood), 87th Legislature, Second Called Session. On Sept. 2, 2021, the House amended and then voted to approve the bill on third reading. (Record vote #150. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal). Read more about SB 3 here.
House Vote #6 - 2021: HOME-SCHOOL UIL
Voted against a bill that allows home-schooled students to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities on behalf of and at the expense of a school district without meeting the same academic requirements under "no pass, no play" rules that apply to public school students. ATPE opposed the bill.
House Bill 547 by Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On May 13, 2021, the House voted to approve the ATPE-opposed bill on third reading. (Record vote #1028. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.) The Senate later amended HB 547, removing House provisions that would have given coaches additional authority to verify home-schooled students' academic eligibility and allowed students served by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to participate in UIL. On May 28, 2021, the House voted to concur with the Senate amendments to the bill, thereby sending a final version of HB 547 to the governor. (Record vote #1556. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.) Read more about the bill here.
House Vote #7 - 2021: CHARTER SCHOOLS
Voted against a bill that expands property tax exemptions for charter schools and those who lease property to a charter school. ATPE opposed the bill.
House Bill 3610 by Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On May 8, 2021, the House voted to approve the ATPE-opposed bill on third reading. (Record vote #913. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.) Read more about the bill here.
House Vote #8 - 2021: RETIREMENT
Voted for a bill authorizing a one-time supplemental payment or "13th check" of up to $2,400 to TRS retirees. ATPE supported the bill.
Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), sponsored in the House by Rep. Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood), 87th Legislature, Second Called Session. On Aug. 30, 2021, the House voted to approve the ATPE-supported bill on third reading. (Record vote #98. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.)
House Vote #9 - 2021: VIRTUAL SCHOOLS
Voted for a bill that would have expanded full-time virtual school programs statewide. ATPE opposed the bill.
House Bill 1468 by Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On April 28, 2021, the House voted to approve the ATPE-opposed bill on third reading. (Record vote #497. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.) The Senate passed an amended version of HB 1468, and the bill was eventually sent to a conference committee to generate a compromise version. HB 1468 ultimately died when the House failed to vote on the conference committee report before the regular session ended.
House Vote #10 - 2021: VIRTUAL SCHOOLS
Voted for a bill that expands funding and authorization for full-time virtual school programs statewide. ATPE opposed the bill.
Senate Bill 15 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), sponsored in the House by Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney), 87th Legislature, Second Called Session. Based on the ATPE-opposed HB 1468 that failed to pass in the regular session, SB 15 expands state funding options for students in full-time virtual schools. On Aug. 30, 2021, the House voted to pass the bill on third reading. (Record vote #96. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal.)
House Vote #11 - 2021: ACCOUNTABILITY
Voted for a bill that pauses accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year, halts progressive sanctions for D- and F-rated schools once they earn a C rating, and clarifies due process protections for districts facing sanctions.
Voted for/Voted against/Was "present not voting" on/Was absent for the vote on a bill that pauses accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year, halts progressive sanctions for D- and F-rated schools once they earn a C rating, and clarifies due process protections for districts facing sanctions.
House Vote #12 - 2021: TESTING/ACCELERATED INSTRUCTION
Voted for a bill that eliminated the STAAR passage requirement for grade promotion but requires accelerated instruction for students who failed a STAAR test.
House Bill 4545 by Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), 87th Legislature, Regular Session. On May 28, 2021, the House voted to concur with Senate amendments to the bill, which sent a final version of HB 4545 to the governor. (Record vote #1689. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal). Read more about the bill here.
House Vote #13 - 2021: ACCELERATED INSTRUCTION
Voted for a bill that would have eased implementation of HB 4545, passed during the regular session, by limiting the subjects in which tutoring is required for students who failed a STAAR test and offering temporary relief from tutoring group size limits.
House Bill 233 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood), 87th Legislature, Second Called Session. On Sept. 2, 2021, the House voted to approve the bill on third reading. (Record vote #153. View an official record of the vote in the House Journal). The bill ultimately died when the Senate declined to hear it before the end of the session. Read more about the bill here.
Candidate Survey Responses
RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
1. If elected, what will be your top priorities for public education?
1) Reduce onerous administrative requirements and increase teaching opportunities.
2) Eliminate STAAR test.
3) Prevent vouchers
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 for at least 50% of the cost of public education. Local property tax for public schools must be reduced. Increased state spending must be accompanied by increased economic efficiency and innovative strategies to decrease costs.
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?
We need a better long term plan for TRS, with benefits based on actual 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?
I support keeping TRS as a defined benefit plan. I have talked to many teachers, both active and retired, and they almost unanimously prefer the defined benefit plan. Teachers seem to be more risk averse and schools are not corporations.
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.?
We need to stop designing programs geared toward the average. Improvement in a lower socio economic school in an inner city school should be just as important as lofty accomplishments in a wealthy school.
Evaluations need to look at a collection of students work and how they evolve over time rather than one test point in time. By reducing assessment and accountability to a single standardized test we are basing everything about the individual student and school on one point in time rather than the whole learning experience. This is an event we are training our children to dread.
Teaching to a standardized test has made our public school students less ready for college because of the decrease in productive learning and teaching time this practice creates.
No private schools (which have the advantage of cherry picking the best students) use standardized testing, like the STAAR test. Universities do not care about STAAR test results.
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 opposed to vouchers (and synonyms for vouchers).
The message to those that support vouchers: “Once you accept vouchers (state money), it’s only a matter of time before you’ll have the STAAR test required in home and private schools. Is that what you want?”
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?
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 would only consider supporting a charter school when there is a well defined need to augment a low performing public school.
I believe local school boards should determine whether a charter school can be established within their district and have jurisdiction over the public charter school. This is the model in some other states.
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?
Our elected school boards need to have as much local control as possible, but it should not come at the expense of parental rights. Parents are responsible for their children, and must have the ability to make medical decisions for their children. It is important that we let data and not politics guide decision-making. In disease outbreaks or where other safety concerns are present, remote learning should be an option, but that should be a discussion between the parent, student, and teacher. It is also critical that we do all we can to protect our teachers in the classroom. Their safety and health is of the utmost importance and we should also consider their needs.
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 is a remarkable tool for augmenting in-person learning. It should never be used as a substitute for in-person learning.
In-person learning is unequivocally superior and our students deserve the in-person learning experience.. With that said, virtual education provides an alternative in many temporary scenarios (pandemics, travel, etc.). We need to continue to have optional virtual education in appropriate circumstances, but never let it take the place of the traditional personal-interaction teaching model.
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 am a strong supporter of more local control of governmental entities and school districts. However, there is a difference in local control and "outta control." Punitive measures against a small number of failing public schools that are "outta control" should not apply to the overwhelming number of local school districts that are doing an exceptional job and perform admirably for the local community.
There needs to be more local control and ability to make local decisions on school boards. Community standards differ and there should be more flexibility to adapt curricula and criteria that match local community standards. The standard in Austin may not fit Gordon, Texas.
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 would support ongoing "hold harmless" attendance requirements. Overhead expenses continue despite reduced attendance from medical or weather situations.
There needs to be more flexibility in crisis situations where regulations regarding teacher certification and student:teacher ratios be relaxed as determined necessary by the local district.
Additional Comments from Candidate on Survey
COMMENTS SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:Stop state overreach (this is not conservative). Develop an accreditation system like we have for colleges and universities that does not directly pit school versus school. Public universities are not graded by the state and neither should public K-12 schools be graded by the state.
I do not support the current A-F grading system. It is clear that this is largely a measure of the socioeconomic status of the student population. A school district with 80% on free and reduced lunch should not be compared to a wealthy district. The state has created a game of “winners and losers” with lots of wasted energy going toward “playing the game” rather than teaching children.
Grading schools, primarily on test scores, harms real estate values in certain areas, further contributing to the cycle of poverty.
This is fundamentally unfair. Group comparisons of students in the same socioeconomic class would be more fair, if the A-F system continues.