Texas Senate District 22
(469) 222-7114 Phone Number
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Independent / Third-Party
2900 S IH-35E TRLR 122, Waxahachie, TX, 75165
Candidate Survey Responses
RESPONSES TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
1. If elected, what will be your top priorities for public education?
Promoting school of choice, not by zip code and quality education such as life skills, knowledge of nutrition, and human physiology. I have school aged children and I desperately wish I was given the opportunity to learn these subjects earlier in life.
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?
I do not know the specifics involved, but I think the monies needed can be found from raising corporate taxes, if needed.
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?
Free market Capitalism and competition amongst health care providers should lead to lowered 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 think the role of a teacher is a unique one that many people are not able to do. It requires a special kind of person. In retirement, I think TRS should be the same as a pension.
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.?
It should be viewed as a 'report card' for the staff involved. It should also be used as a litmus test for students who may be in need of extra attention.
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. The State collects taxes to fund public schools. It would be a misappropriation of funds to do otherwise
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 this to continue
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 think charter schools provide an academic 'challenge' to traditional public schools and allow an alternative for parents. The number of charter schools operating in Texas should be proportionate to the quality of education that emerges
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 definitely have some influence in the decisions, but not solely. It should be dicussed with all parties involved, including the parents; with the importance of child health and safety.
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 used in limited situations especially for the sake of child socialization. I don't think full-time virtual education should be an option
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?
Most of the state legislators are beyond the years of having school aged children, therefore, I think they are ill-suited for setting public school curriculum or instructional materials
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 think this is a matter that is best discussed with the staff, having all opinions and suggestions considered.
Additional Comments from Candidate on Survey
COMMENTS SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THE 2022 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
I know my name, Jeremy Edward Schroppel, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
SO... "Just remember, in November, vote Yes, for Jeremy S... and you can forget the rest."