Candidate Profile
Tony Casagrande

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Tony Casagrande
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Richardson ISD School Board Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
Links
   

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

 

Selected Financial Source Documents

30th Day Before Election Report  Source
 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Tony Mario Casagrande 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 0 Primaries 1990 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

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.

Strongly Agree   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

No Answer   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

To act as a team and work together to ensure that all students of the district have the resources and opportunity to learn.

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

In the great State of Texas, our State Board of Education establishes the curriculum through TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Members of the Board are elected from single-member districts representing the 15 educational districts across Texas. This is democracy at work and I agree with this approach because it establishes a fair playing field across the State and limits the influence of local politics on public education. The role of public school in society is to help students learn how to think and not what to think. As they say, reading, writing, and arithmetic, the fundamentals of thinking. If a student can meet TEKS, they are equipped with the tools to make educated decisions as adults.

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

American History Mathematics and Science Language Arts - Reading Comprehension Arts and Music

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.

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.

No Answer   

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 the morality of sexual education to children and should do so at the age they believe is appropriate. Public education does play a role in sexual education and should be teaching the science behind sexuality. This should start in middle school, somewhere around 7th grade (Student age 12).

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

Human Anatomy and the reproductive system Stages of pregnancy and fetal development Physical and emotional health outcomes


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 believe a loving God created us to do great things for each other. I value hard work, dignity, respect, honesty, love, and compassion.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

We are at a critical time in our district's storied history. A large bond has been approved for the election with a promise of no tax increase to the citizens. I am a firm believer in public bonds as they are a win/win. The district, kids and teachers get great facilities, local businesses get work, and everybody generally wins. this is as long as someone is willing to pay for the bond. Historically, it has to be the citizens through increased taxation. I am uniquely able to help the district navigate this situation and therefore, want to volunteer.

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?

OBJECTIVE 4: A well-balanced and appropriate curriculum will be provided to all students. Through that curriculum, students will be prepared to succeed in a variety of postsecondary activities, including employment and enrollment in institutions of higher education.

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

(Did not answer)

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

I operate a successful business based off of the principles of fairness, empowerment, teamwork, and achieving goals. I am a building engineer (Mechanical License) with 20 plus years experience with large bond programs in K-12 across the State. I have participated on volunteer boards and committees in my industry and also served as an officer for back-to-back years in one of the largest in Texas in my industry. Add my business acumen with my technical expertise and proven record, and I am well prepared to serve the district.

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

Somewhat Conservative   

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?

(Did not answer)


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?

I support mandatory vaccinations for the diseases the State of Texas deems we should receive vaccination to prevent.


Background

Education
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Bachelors, 1999
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • NEBB - Engineering Society, Past President / Board Member
  • ACEC - Engineering Society, Committee Member
  • ASHRAE - Engineering Society, Member
  • Christian CEO Institute, Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
  • All Saints Catholic Church, Member / Contributor
  • YMCA Richardson, Contributor
  • Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Member
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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