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Matt Savino
Texas House District 4





Independent / Third-Party




1026 Beach View, Seven Points, TX

Additional Information

Ran unsuccessfully in a 2021 special election.

Ran unsuccessfully for the Texas House in 2020 and 2018.

Candidate Survey Responses


Did not respond to the ATPE Candidate Survey for the 2021 special election or 2020 election.

Below are the candidate's responses to the 2018 ATPE Candidate Survey:

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

First put the responsibility of public education back where it belongs, as per our State constitution, and that is with the state not the individual via property taxes. Stop paying our ISD superintendents upwards of half a million dollars a years!! Much of the funding going into our schools is held up in the top administrators and not getting the teachers and class rooms where it is most needed. Give most of the decision making up to the parents and schools themselves and not the ever increasing oversight of the government.


2. Is there a need to increase state funding to meet the needs of our student population? If so, how would you recommend securing more revenue for public education?

Currently the state contributes the least to public education out of all sources. The majority of the public education funds come from property taxes. Even our federal government spends more on our public education in Texas than our our state does. With a long list of spending cuts the state can finance the public education is it responsible for providing "SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS"


3. Healthcare costs for educators have increased dramatically and outpaced the state's contributions, with many current and retired educators now paying more out of pocket than their counterparts in other states or in other professions. As a legislator, how would you address this crisis to ensure that active and retired educators have access to affordable healthcare?

Get the government out of it completely. End restrictions and regulations. It is not the governments responsibility to be involved in healthcare. Let the free market take care of itself and the prices will fall and efficiency will increase.


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 feel it is up to the teachers to decide what and how to set up a retirement.


5. What do you feel is the proper role of standardized testing in Texas's public education system? For instance, should student test scores be used for school accountability purposes, for evaluating teachers, for measuring student progress, etc.?

Standardized testing is taking away from actual teaching. students are spending 20-25 hours a year doing these tests according to some sources. It costs the state millions of dollars and mostly is only testing memorization skills not actually learning. I don't have an answer to this problem and feel it is best resolved by the people in the education systems along with parents.


6. Would you support a state-funded across-the-board pay raise for all Texas classroom teachers?

Personally I think pay raises should be based on performance and not seniority/tenure.


7. To what extent should student performance determine teacher pay?

I feel it should be the largest stipulation when it comes to teacher raises but also all school administrators as it is a joined effort.


8. 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?

The State is to provide for a free public school as per our State constitution. If a parent chooses to send their child to a private school or home school that is their choice as the parent. The government should have no regulation or say over the form of education that is chosen by the parents/guardians.


9. State law allows educators and other public employees to voluntarily choose to join professional associations like ATPE and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks at no cost to taxpayers. Do you support or oppose letting all public employees use payroll deduction for their membership dues?

It is their paycheck and they can spend it how they choose.


10. Current law allows school districts with accountability ratings of "C" or better to become Districts of Innovation (DOIs) and exempt themselves from many state statutes, such as elementary school class-size limits, requirements for hiring certified teachers, and more. Would you recommend any changes to the criteria for becoming a DOI? Would you place any limitations on the state laws that can be waived by DOIs?

I am unfamiliar with the DOI system. Again I feel most of the decisions in education need to be left up to the teachers, parents and administrators NOT legislators.

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