Candidate Profile
Jennifer Lasley

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Jennifer Lasley
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
El Paso ISD School Board Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
Links

Panel Rating

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Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
ActBlue (2020), Beto for America (2019), Beto O'Rourke (2018), Hillary Clinton (2016), State Democratic Party Organizations (2020), Veronica Escobar (2017)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Jennifer Tipton Lasley during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 5 Democratic Primaries 1990 - 2016
**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.
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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.

Disagree   

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.

Agree   

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

Disagree   


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.

Agree   

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 board is to select, monitor and sometimes replace superintendents. As board members we also create policy that impacts our community and our children's education. We also set the tax rate and approve the budget. Most importantly we represent the district in a positive manner at all levels of government.

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

Our curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and referred to as the TEKS, is set by the legislature. The district then decides the most effective manner to deliver the TEKS. The state provides the structure and the main components and then the distinct can purchase and use supplemental materials to support our children's unique needs.

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

The single most important thing that a district can teach is not listed here. The ability to read is essential. Research tells us that the basis of all learning is reading and logic that is usually thought through math. Without the ability to read our students can not learn about or contribute to any of the subjects listed above. Once we have set the foundation of learning with math and literacy students can learn and grow as far as their minds can take them. The actual ranking of subjects is done by the state and reflected by the number of student expectations spelled out in the TEKS.

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   

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

Agree   

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

Disagree   

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

Agree   

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

Disagree   

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?

The state of Texas says that sex education is to be initially introduced in 4th grade by a teacher.

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

I do support the teaching of sex education but the content is determined by parent consent.


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.

Disagree   

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

Disagree   

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

Agree   

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.

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Catholic and I believe that one of the most important things we have been charged with is to care for our brothers and sisters. I think that helping everyone get a solid education is the best way to do that.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

I am running for Disrtict 1 Trustee because I want to have a positive impact on our communities education. I want to help ensure that the policies we create and enforce help provide for an equitable return to school and make sure all our students have equal access to opportunities. I would also like to help select an effective superintendent for our community. We have unique strengths and needs the I want to make sure are addressed.

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

Disagree   

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

OBJECTIVE 1: Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.

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

As an English teacher, I would have to say the compilation of all the books I have read have had a huge impact on my life and views. I have focused on different types of authors and genres to enrich my life and help me gain a better perspective on different cultures and ways of life.

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

The combination of my upbringing, career and volunteering makes me uniquely qualified to serve. I started my career teaching middle and high school English in YISD. I later became certified as a principal and as a Mediator for Educators. I have two grown children that went to Mesita, Wiggs and El Paso High. While my children attended school I worked, volunteered in the community and at school. I was the treasurer and PTA president at Mesita, the Band Booster treasurer at Wiggs, volunteered at church in children's ministries and was secretary of the Children’s Grief Center. I underwent a life altering back surgery that reinforced my belief in helping others. I currently work as an educational consultant and my company focuses on reading materials in Spanish and English. Finally, my father’s military career allowed me to experience learning in many different systems. I have centered my life around children, both my own and others. I would love to continue serving as a trustee.

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

Moderate   

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

In all the positions I listed above helping children learn and live fulfilling lives has been my focus. I believe my record speaks for itself.

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?

I would be honored to serve our community as a school board member.


2nd Amendment

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

Disagree   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

I support mandatory vaccinations for children to protect the health and well being of students and staff. This is a community health issue.


Background

Education
  • Abilene Christian, Abilene, M.Ed, 2008
  • The University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, BA, 1991
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Dual Language Task Force Member
  • Dual Language Community Representative
  • PTA President
  • PTA Fundraising Chair
  • Children's Council Member Western Hills UMC, In charge of vacation bible and Sunday School
  • Children's Grief Center, Secretary / Member
  • Hands Across the Border, School Sponsor
Offices
  • School Board Member, Sought 2011
 

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