iVoterGuide asked the question “if elected to school board, what would be your #1 priority?” The candidate responded: “Success for students!”
Party Primary Election Voting History for Semida Elena Voicu during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.
Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.
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.
At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.
Students should not be allowed to pray in school.
What is the function of the local school board?
The function of the school board is to provide direction, create guidelines, set policy, and oversight for the school district. The board is elected and should take into account the concerns of the parents, students, community, and teachers.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
The school board, elected by the community, should have the authority to set the curriculum and determine resources used. The school board is accountable to their direct 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
Reading, Mathematics, Writing, American History, Science, Technology, World History, Art&Music, Personal Finance, Vocational Learning, Government, Economics, Foreign Language, and Physical Fitness. We should be focusing on education and skills to learn and be able to earn.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
Schools should use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources to teach emotions, values, and relationships.
I support the teaching of the 1619 Project emphasizing slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.
When students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.
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 healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.
Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?
Parents are responsible for teaching sexual education to children and only the parents can determine the appropriate age for their children to be taught this topic.
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
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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.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.
Teachers should not use alternative names and pronouns without parental permission.
Therapy for children who have unwanted same-sex attraction should be banned.
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.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am an Orthodox Christian. My faith is paramount in my life. We are raising our children to value the teaching of Jesus Christ and in the hope of our resurrection.
Why are you running for this office?
I believe the success of our students should be the mission of PISD. We have a diverse population of students and we need to facilitate academic success and growth for all. High School students are just as important as K-8th grade. We should be responding to the hopes of the children, the concerns of parents, the teachers and the community to insure a viable, prosperous, and healthy school and future. PISD needs to provide an equal path for academic success for all students. I want to work to maintain and surpass those goals. This school year has been very difficult due to the pandemic. Everyone has been affected. The need of academic support, social interaction with peers, equal access to return to school, and parental choice should be the cornerstone of PISD policy. We need transparency and accountability.
A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.
Which of the 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code is your highest priority?
Objectives number 1 and 2 are my highest priority. Parents should be full partners in the education of our children, and the education should challenge and encourage the highest possible outcomes of the students.
What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?
I am an avid reader and read many types of books. I would start with the Bible as that is the center of my moral compass. I am Romanian; the publication Voice of the Martyrs has a profound impact on my life. Also Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios has impacted my life. I am a history and classic literature aficionado. I also like to keep current on business books as I am self employed and a business owner.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I am invested in PISD and education on a daily basis. I have 3 students currently in PISD. 2 are in High School and one in Middle school. I also have two at University. I am a member of the Career and Technical Education committee for PISD.The vocational classes are critical to help our students earning potential directly after high school.I am Vice Chairman of the Community Relation Commission for the City of Plano.I have been involved in Rasor, Hendrick, Clark, and Plano Senior PTAs. For the last two years I have attended the PISD Board Meetings and Work Session. I closely follow to gain a better understanding on how the board is making decisions.
Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?
Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.
I am a registered voter and vote in local and national primaries and elections. I also served as the Republican Election Judge for the past 3 elections in Plano TX.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am a political/religious asylum immigrant from Communist Romania. We came to America for freedom of religion and political expression. These freedoms are the mainstays of our life. I was an ESL student, translated for my parents for my siblings as I got older. Education was critical in providing a path to success and we should maintain high standards of education.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?
I do not support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public schools. The decision should be made by the parents.