Candidate Profile
Lynn Henson

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Lynn Henson
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Dripping Springs ISD School Board Member
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative
(Conditional) Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.
 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Lynn Henson during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Republican
  • 2018 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • 2016 Party Primary: Republican

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

Bio from DSISD  Source

Questionnaire*

*The questionnaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

No Answer   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.

Agree   


Economy

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree   

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.

No Answer   


Religious Liberty

School districts should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

No Answer   

At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.

Agree   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

Disagree   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

The purpose of an independent school board is to represent the immediate families and community of the school district in all matters related to administration and operations of the curriculum, finances, facilities, athletics, transportation, etc. The school board should place a priority on being accessible and communicative with the constituents in which they serve. Effective collaboration with the Super Intendent, school administrators, teachers, and district employees are paramount in ensuring proactive steps are taken to maximize the success of students at every level. Disciplined fiscal oversight by the school board is a critical component in positioning the district to take purposeful and diligent action in opportunities that will benefit the overall health of the district.

Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?

The local independent school board with guidance from administrators, teachers, district employees (where applicable), etc., but MOST importantly with input and deference to the the parents and community constituents.

Please rate in order the following priorities in relation to the role of a K-12 public school (omitting any that do not apply): Mathematics, Information Technology, Science, Political Activism, Personal Finances, Gender Identity, Physical Fitness, American History, Critical Race Theory, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Sexuality, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning

(Did not answer)

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Disagree   

Schools should use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources to teach emotions, values, and relationships.

No Answer   

I support the teaching of the 1619 Project emphasizing slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.

Disagree   

When students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.

No Answer   

Parents are the ultimate authority in their child’s education and should be able to freely pursue whatever educational options they deem best for their child.

Agree   

No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.

Agree   

Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

> School curriculum decisions should include parents who want to provide thoughtful input and parents should always have a seat at the table to be heard. > It should be age appropriate – if parents themselves wouldn’t be comfortable discussing the material with their children at the determined age, it should give them pause as to deferring that conversation another adult who may have a tangential relationship with their child in a room full of their peers who are still developing in social and emotional maturity. > There should always be an opt out measure. > All curriculum at every level should be easily accessible for parental review in detail stating learning outcomes, teacher expectations, and who specifically a parent can contact with questions. > There should be an available parent orientation each year to engage parents in the process, answer questions, and provide healthy ways in which they can support their child’s sexual health education.

If you support the teaching of Sex Ed, please answer the following question: Sexual education should include these topics (list all that apply and add your own, if needed) -- Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex

(Did not answer)


Values

No school official should be involved in the sexual transitioning of a student. All issues on this subject should be referred to the parents of the student.

Agree   

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.

No Answer   

Teachers should not use alternative names and pronouns without parental permission.

No Answer   

Therapy for children who have unwanted same-sex attraction should be banned.

No Answer   

I support allowing students to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms, and to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

To hopefully provide a higher level of transparency, quality communication, and active partnership between the DSISD School Board, the parents, the district administration/teachers/employees, and the greater community in meeting the ever-changing needs of our quickly growing district. Restoring that connection is the definitive first step in not just tackling the current challenges we are facing, but in positioning our community and district to maximize the opportunities that are in front of us as well. We should never miss an opportunity because of ineffective communication or lack of effective planning and action.

A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.

No Answer   

Which of the 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code is your highest priority?

(Did not answer)

What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?

(Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

For over almost 17 years I have passionately pursued a career dedicated to student development and have significant experience in helping to envision, create, and implement multi-faceted initiatives designed to mitigate potential challenges and cater to a diverse audience. I am about results and finding the most efficient way to arrive at the end goal while getting the biggest bang for your buck along the way – both literally and figuratively.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

(Did not answer)

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

(Did not answer)

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Context and critical thinking matters. Too much of how our society informs its opinion has been reduced to 80 characters or less, and limited care/concern is given to understanding the nuance of a topic/situation before labeling something as "right" or "wrong". Broad strokes and "checking a box" impedes problem solving, true transparency, and making impactful change. The constituents of Dripping Springs deserve representatives that will have the hard conversations, are willing to make a clear determination, and are prepared to willingly explain the "why" once a decision has been made.


2nd Amendment

Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.

No Answer   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

No. I support anyone who chooses to vaccinate. I also support anyone who chooses to abstain or vaccinate on an alternate schedule.


Background

Education
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Sociology, 2007
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • LifeAustin, Member/Contributor
  • The Rise School of Austin, Contributor
  • The Refuge for DMST, Contributor
  • Hi, How Are You Project, Contributor
  • Boys and Girls Club, Contributor
  • Compassion International, Contributor
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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