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 serve as the board of directors overseeing the actions of the Superintendent functioning as a CEO. The school board should enable the superintendent to make the best possible decisions for the school district based on their education and experience. The school board should refuse to interfere in day to day events, only doing so at the request of the superintendent. Ultimately, the school board serves as the stepping stone between the voters and the superintendent.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
The superintendent should have the most authority to dictate curriculum on a district-wide level. Beyond this, individual teachers should be given board leeway to teach their students in the best way possible. This goes for curriculum as well. So long as the students meet district and state milestones, the teacher should be unencumbered by politics or preferences.
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
Mathematics, Science, language arts, personal finance, American history, information technology, foreign language, critical race theory, sexuality, social emotional learning
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 should have final authority to teach their children however they please. That's why Texas allows for private and home schooling. If a parent is uncomfortable with their children learning about basic human biology, they should feel free to explore other education options. Ignoring sexual activity and teaching abstinence-only practices has done extensive harm to a generation of teens and led to a tremendous spike in pregnancies. I was taught about puberty and human development starting in third grade. I see no problem continuing this practice.
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
Consent, human anatomy, physical and emotional health outcomes, pregnancy and fetal development, contraceptive measures,
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.
Devout Catholic in the tradition of Saint Francis of Assisi and Dorthy Day
Why are you running for this office?
1) To ensure my children have the best possible education when they begin attending school. My wife and I just had our first children and I want to spend the term making sure everything is perfect for when they step into school for the first time. 2) To ensure teachers receive pay increases that accurately reflect the time and effort they put into teaching children and molding them into adults. For too long this country has refused to adequately compensate our teachers and I want Richardson to set an example for the rest of the state that paying teachers more, rather than simply increasing budgets, will directly lead to positive classroom results.
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?
OBJECTIVE 2: 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 conquest of bread, lies my teacher told me, nineteen eighty-four, a people's history of the United States, the old man and the sea, post-scarcity anarchism,
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I am a parent and a taxpayer. I am well-educated. I think differently.
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.
Take $1bn from the pentagon and use it to feed and house every child in America.
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'm young, I'm different, I intend to get results. If you want more of the same, I'm not your guy.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?