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Robert Walsh
Texas Senate District 25
Status

Challenger

Party

Democrat

Occupation

Software Engineer

Address

105 Brees Blvd., San Antonio, TX, 78209

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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?


Securing more funding for teachers, administrators, and health and mental health professionals. Upgrading out entire system from bottom to top.

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?

Of course, additional funding is needed. My vision is a school system where teachers don't use their take home pay to pay for supplies, at minimum. I saw my mother do that countless times, and it was algebra, not even arts and crafts.

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?

Well, I think at base we all know that everything stems from lack of or not enough funding for education in general. Funding solves all of this.

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?

Yes, the TRS should be maintained and bolstered with more funding.

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 think standardized test scores are a reasonable part of the tool suite (as in not the only answer and should be used as part of a comprehensive multi-system solution) for measuring student progress. Regarding the rest, I don't.

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 would not vote for that.

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 teacher's unions and public employees expressions of the right of freedom of association.

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 don't know the data, so I will educate myself on outcomes on this. But in general, I think public school systems can do just as well or better than private or charter schools, when they are properly funded.

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?

Nearly complete freedom. Our governor's executive actions have been nonsensical from the start. Local control should mean local control.

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 don't know the data, so I will educate myself on outcomes on this. But, in general, I strongly doubt that virtual education is anything like an actual education for middle school years and below. I can be convinced otherwise, but I would doubt that.

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?

The state's role should be the same as today.

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?

More funding needs to be secured. This isn't complicated, we just need to value our kids and our educators more highly.

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