Candidate Profile
Sarah McMurrough

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Sarah McMurrough
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Arlington ISD School Board Place 1
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
Arlington Board of Realtors (ARBOR), Tom & Diane Cravens, Kelly Curnutt, Derrick Kinney, Rev. Kate McGee, Julie Palermo, Little Elementary PTA President
 

Selected Financial Source Documents

 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Sarah Beth McMurrough during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • 2018 Party Primary: Republican
  • Voted in 1 Republican Primary 1990 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.


Sarah McMurrough's Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer

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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   


Economy

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

No Answer   

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.

No Answer   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

No Answer   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

Our school board is responsible for ensuring that each and every pre-kindergarten-12th grade student gets the best education possible. This is achieved through fostering strong community partnerships, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and providing high quality resources and support to all stakeholders.

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

Although our curriculum standards (TEKS - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) come from the state, our district should have authority to design a logical pacing to teach these standards and provide high-quality, engaging instructional resources for our teachers to teach the standards. As educated professionals, our teachers should have autonomy to deliver their lessons in ways that best meet the unique needs of the students in their classrooms.

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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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.

No Answer   

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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

(Did not answer)

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.

No Answer   

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.

I am a Christian.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

As a current educator and mother of an AISD student, I have a genuine, vested interest in advocating for the children and teachers of our community and strengthening the integrity of our district. I will bring critical insight straight from the classrooms into to our school board’s discussions and decisions so we can authentically improve our instruction during and after the pandemic, strengthen our family engagement, and retain our top notch personnel for the sake of our children.

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?

Students will be encouraged and challenged to meet their full educational potential.

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

The Bible The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Making Peace With Autism by Susan Senator The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

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

I am currently serving my 13th year as a proud educator. I taught for 12 years right here in Arlington ISD at Lynn Hale Elementary and Little Elementary. I was honored as Teacher of the Year, AWARE Award Winner, and Arlington Optimist Teacher of the Year. Last summer, I was called to further support teachers. This is my first year in my current position as a districtwide literacy instructional coach in Mansfield ISD. I curate and present professional development sessions, design reading and writing curriculum with research-based best practices, and create engaging instructional resources for for both in-person and virtual learners. I am in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms every day, directly helping teachers to enhance their instruction. I am also a mother of two young boys, and my oldest son is a first grader on the autism spectrum who attends school in AISD. The culmination of my personal and professional experiences have uniquely prepared me to be a knowledgable, effective trustee.

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

No 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?

As an Arlington native, mother of two young boys, and passionate educator, I will serve AISD with energy, innovation, integrity, a listening ear, and solutions. If elected, I will put the children of our community at the forefront of everything I do, and that means putting teachers at the forefront as well.


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?

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, Bachelor's Degree in Education, 2008
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Delta Kappa Gamma (Theta Alpha Chapter), Grant Committee Chair & Former Secretary
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sunday School Teacher
  • AISD Operation Graduation, Volunteer
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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