Party Primary Election Voting History for Angela Anh Powell 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?
Having served my first term as a PISD School Board Trustee, Place 2 since 2017, one of the functions of our local school board is to hire and evaluate the Superintendent. Also, the board adopts and reviews school policies that are in line with federal and state regulations. We set district priorities and vision to move individualized learning forward for each student. We also show transparency in our communications with the public and listen carefully to our community. Our community depends on the local school board to provide governance and oversight of their children's education. The board also reviews the district's budget and sets the tax rate. We vote on the school calendar each year and plan for the future. Local school boards are advocates for the students. I love helping our students through this avenue of caring.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
The Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education and school districts work together to provide the general state curriculum. They also determine the necessary resources to support those curricula. Each school district may have an Academic Services Department that collaborates with the state and district teams to administer these learning decisions and programs. Therefore, I believe the authority to set curriculum should rest with a collaboration of knowledgeable organizations and the public community. Our student's learning success is promoted by teamwork and collaboration. Parents and students get to choose their students' courses and learning path from an array of learning options and programs.
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. Social Emotional Learning, 2. physical fitness, 3. mathematics, 4. science, 5. American History, 6. Language Arts, 7. Art & Music 8. Vocational Learning, 9. Foreign Language, 10. Information Technology 11. critical race theory 12. gender identity 13. Sexuality 14. political activism 15. Personal Finances
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 in general have the initial responsibility to teach their children the different stages of sex and sexuality. Parents or legal guardians should determine for themselves what is the appropriate age to start talking about sex. Children are exposed to sex information from friends, schools and social media. Therefore, I believe in giving the family unit the opportunity to discuss it first at home.
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 follow the current requirements of the Texas Education Agency for Sex Education. The Texas State Board of Education is the governing board that can consider changes to our state's current policies. I support the policies that are approved and passed.
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 a practicing Catholic from birth. Both my parents are Catholic and I grew up going to Mass. I believe in Jesus Christ and have read the Bible. The belief to follow Jesus Christ's teachings is to help the poor and feed the hungry. I deeply wanted to help the Special Needs population because I empathized with their issues. I know how painful it is when your child fails a grade level because of his learning disability. I spend countless hours studying for my board meetings. I do this out of love. I have a very strong work ethic. I have been a room parent for all three of my children during the same school year. When I attended Houston Baptist University during my undergraduate years, I worked three jobs while I was the Freshman Class President in my first year of college. My beliefs and hardworking values shaped my volunteer roles in my local community. I help people freely.
Why are you running for this office?
Four years ago, when I ran the first time, I was motivated by my passion to advocate for our Special Needs population in Plano. I was a good listener for our parents and wanted to serve our community by advocating more services for our students. So, I ran for PISD Board of Trustee Place 2 in 2017. I was elected in May of 2017 and was honored with the opportunity to impact our district when we needed a strategic plan to support our quality public education. I have served as a Plano Independent School District Parent Teacher Association Board Member at Isaacs Early childhood School (which was Barron Early Childhood School), Hickey Elementary School, Murphy Middle School and Williams High School. My years of volunteerism on PISD PTA Boards motivated me to do more for our students and community. I am running again for my second term because I am committed to the safety and success of all our students.
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?
In my opinion, all objectives that make it on the list for the Texas Education Code is a priority that deserves the same ranking. However, objective one is very important: "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?
I have read so many books with different topics that I believe not any one book or books made a profound impact when experiencing life with personal interactions with other people made a greater impact on my view of life instead. I was a biology and history major at Houston Baptist University. Learning about science and civilizations taught me to appreciate human life and cultural diversity. My view of life is quite simple. I value the gentleness of humanity.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
From serving as a current PISD School Board Trustee, Place 2 since 2017, I have the most pertinent information and experience to continue helping our students, parents, teachers, and staff. I understand the complexities of school board governances, the financial issues associated with our district’s operating budgets, school safety protocols, and educational advocacy. I was a teacher for several years and have been dedicated to our community. Also, by serving in different organizations and leadership roles, I believe my passion in volunteerism shows my skills and sensitive nature of loving my community.
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 value the sanctity of life. Human life is sacred and should be precious. Today, everyone is placed into a box and tagged. I am an immigrant Asian woman who grew up Catholic that earned an MBA while working long hours to support myself through college. I have been identified as Conservative because I support Special Education school vouchers for the needy. My eldest son is autistic and has a learning disability. When I served on the Texas Health Resources Community Impact Collin Leadership Council, we focused on mental health concerns for the socioeconomically disadvantaged youths and seniors in Collin County. I have helped raised funds for schools and donated to local nonprofits. My actions are sincere. I have voted in Republican primaries which is public information. So, I have a track record of voting Conservative.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
No, I have not 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 Plano with my family since 2005. I was pregnant with my daughter Evelyn while I was volunteering at Isaacs Early Childhood School which was known as Barron Early Childhood School in 2005. I gave birth to my youngest daughter Evelyn in 2006 while my two boys attended our local PISD schools. We have lived in our same Plano house for about 16 years and we love it here! I am a proud PISD mom, volunteer, and board member.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?
Parents and legal guardians should have the right to choose what they want to do with their own children. I do not support any mandatory or forced injections of any type on young children without parental permission. It should be optional for everyone. Most often, I will try to give parents options rather than limit their choices.