Candidate Profile
Nicholas LaGrassa

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Nicholas LaGrassa
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Richardson ISD School Board Place 7
Incumbent
No
Links

Panel Rating

Liberal
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Selected Financial Source Documents

30th Day Before Election Report  Source
 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Nicholas Frank Lagrassa during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Did Not Vote
  • Voted in 2 Republican Primaries 2012 - 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.

Strongly Disagree   


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.

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.

Strongly Agree   

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.

Strongly Disagree   


Education

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly 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.

Strongly 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.

Neutral   

No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.

Neutral   

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,


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.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly 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.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Devout Catholic in the tradition of Saint Francis of Assisi and Dorthy Day


Qualifications

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.

Strongly Agree   

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?

Very Liberal   

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.

No.

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.


2nd Amendment

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

Neutral   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

Yes.


Background

Education
  • University of North Texas, Denton, Bachelor of Science, 2012
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Master of Urban Planning, 2021
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Saint Paul the Apostle Men's Club, Secretary
  • Knights of Columbus, First Degree Knight
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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