Candidate Profile
Evelyn Brooks

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Evelyn Brooks
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Frisco ISD School Board Place 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
Parents Coalition for School Board & Transparency, Beauman's 2nd Chance for Change, Children's Chorus of Collin County - Jannie Oliver, Precinct Chair - Cindy Hauk, Precinct Chair - Kerry Huffman, Precinct Chair - Judy Adams
 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Evelyn Lorie-Ann Brooks during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • 2018 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • Voted in 3 Democratic Primaries and in 1 Republican Primary 2008 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

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Who has contributed to Evelyn Brooks's campaign?

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Questionnaire

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly 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   

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been ‘Agree’. This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

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 function of the local school board is to work as a team to promote student academic success by setting a clear vision for the district, with outcomes that can be measured. The board is also responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent's performance. Another function of the local school board is to communicate with the public its challenges and progress using multiple forms of two-way communication. This is very critical for promoting and maintaining the trust of citizens. The school board provides local governance, leadership, advocacy, district operations, and approves a budget. The school board is accountable for the well-being of each student, and ensures that students receive the necessary tools to thrive successfully.

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

The curriculum is a huge factor in determining successful learning outcomes for all students. A rigorous and challenging curriculum goes hand-in-hand with differentiated instructional practices, where teachers adjust instruction in order to meet the learning style needs of all students. Teachers should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula, along with input from the community and administrators who specialize in curriculum development. The curriculum must meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which are the State standards that tell what a student knows, understands, and should be able to do.

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

1. Language Arts 2. Mathematics 3. Social Emotional Learning 4. Information Technology 5. Science 6. Vocational Learning 7. American History 8. Foreign Language 9. Art & Music 10. Personal Finances 11. Physical Fitness

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Neutral   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Agree   

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.

Agree   

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.

Strongly 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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Parents are ultimately responsible for teaching sexual education to children, because parents teach their family values about sex, whereas a school cannot teach family morals and values. I am sensitive to the concerns of parents for their children; especially when it comes to sexual education. When sexual education is taught in school at an appropriate age chosen by parents, the primary objective must include abstinence as a choice, one's personal safety, emotional well-being, and the consequences of risky behavior.

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

As of yet, the Texas Education Agency does not have a requirement to teach sex education, but does provide some guidelines for districts to use should they decide to teach sexual education. I support the Texas Education Agency's decision about sexual education. If elected as a board member, I will work together with members to ensure that TEA's guidelines are followed, and will base my decision about sex education on what is in the best interest of our children.


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.

No Answer   

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been ‘Strongly Agree’. This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

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

No Answer   

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been ‘Agree’. This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

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   

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been ‘Agree’. This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

The center of my spiritual beliefs and values is love. It is important that I treat others the way I want to be treated. I respect the choices and decisions of others. I respect individuals freedom to choose their best spiritual beliefs and values.

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been: "The center of my spiritual beliefs and values is Jesus. Doing so allows me to treat others the way I want to be treated, respect the choices and decisions of others, and respect individuals freedom to choose their best spiritual beliefs and values." -- This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

2020 was a gamechanger in the field of education. COVID-19 encroached upon our lives unexpectedly, and turned our society upside down. I decided to run for the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees mostly because of how the dynamics of teaching have changed. 47% of our students are learning virtually, while 53% remain in-person. This has created a critical problem for Frisco ISD to solve. I am strongly committed to serve my community and provide a unique and holistic approach to the current virtual and in-person learning challenges, and look forward to collaborating with Trustees to meet the learning and emotional needs of all our students.

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

All 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code promote a quality education for all students in the State of Texas, and are equally important. Of the 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code, my highest priority is objective 5, which states that educators will prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our state and national heritage and who can understand and productively function in a free enterprise society.

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

I read many books for both enjoyment and mental balance and wellness. The Bible has had the most powerful impact on my view of life. It gives me perspective about how to live peacefully with others, while treating people with love and respect.

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

The 23 years of experience working with young people, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and leaders qualifies me to hold this office. I was an elementary education teacher for several years and earned certification in the state of Maryland, Colorado, Virginia and Texas. My experience includes specialized training in: - Literacy - Alternative Assessments - Multiple Intelligences - Dimensions of Learning - ELA-E Certification I’ve worked in urban and suburban school districts, and have consistently raised the standards for student learning in each of my classrooms. I worked tirelessly in the classroom to ensure that 90% of all my first graders were proficient readers and writers prior to advancing to second grade. Some of my class sizes reached a capacity of thirty-five students without the help of an assistant. In order to meet the needs all my students, which included ESL students and students with special learning needs, I provided free tutoring.

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

Conservative   

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

I am conservative and independent. I vote for who I believe is best fit for office. I have voted for both Republican and Democrat candidates. I am non-partisan. I do not impose my political views on students, but rather, I allow them to make their own decisions, while teaching all students how to become successful and well-informed citizens.

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

No, I have never been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct.

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

I have lived in the city of Frisco for almost nine years, and want to give my time, services and experiences to make a positive impact in the lives of our future generation. I want voters to know that I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of all our children. I support family values and choices. Parents know what is best for their children, and I want to find ways to support them by providing ongoing communication and transparency. Parental involvement and engagement is critical at maximizing student success. I look forward to knowing parents by name and serving their needs.


2nd Amendment

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

Neutral   

iVoterGuide Notes:
  • Candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this question should have been ‘Agree’. This change was not considered during panel evaluations.

Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

No, I do not support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school. Parents must have the choice to decide what is best for their child. This is not a decision that I feel comfortable enforcing as a requirement for our children to receive access to a quality education. Parents and legal guardians are best suitable to make this decision on behalf of the well-being of their children. I trust the decisions of parents and legal guardians.


Background

Education
  • Bowie State University, Bowie, BS, 97
  • University of Northern Colorado, 94
  • Colorado Christian University, 92
Work & Military
  • N/A
Affiliations
  • Waterford Falls HOA, Secretary
  • Beauman's 2nd Chance for Change, Board Advisor
  • International Rock of Faith, Founder
  • Challenging Edge Academy, Founder
  • Texas State YMCA Youth & Government, Advisor
  • Family Tutor Specialist, Tutor to Frisco ISD Students
  • PTA, Member
  • Prestonwood Baptist Church, Youth Volunteer
Offices
  • N/A
  • N/A
 

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