Candidate Profile
Michael Perkins

Non-Partisan , Texas

Biography

Name
Michael Perkins
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Arlington ISD School Board Place 2
Incumbent
No
Links

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon

 

Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Michael Annello Perkins during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Republican
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 1 Democratic Primary 1990 - 2016

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.


iVoterGuide asked the question “if elected to school board, what would be your #1 priority?” The candidate responded: “My #1 priority will be putting maximum efforts into following CDC guidelines to expeditiously and safely get all students and teachers returned to their schools in AISD as soon as humanly possible.”

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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.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.

Neutral   


Economy

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.

Neutral   


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.

Agree   

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

Disagree   


Education

What is the function of the local school board?

The School board's primary responsibilities are to: Set the vision and goals for the district. Adopt policies that give the district administration direction to set priorities and achieve its goals including areas such as student assignment and student discipline. Adopt and oversee the annual budget. Manage the collective bargaining process for employees of the district. Effective school board members contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with other board members. Finally, it is the school board's responsibility to hire and evaluate the superintendent.

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

The most important person in the curriculum implementation process is the teacher. With their knowledge, experiences and competencies, teachers are central to any curriculum development effort. Additionally, administrators should guarantee that teachers have the equipment and resources necessary to deliver educationally effective curriculum. They also should have a hand in matters like planning and implementing curriculum along with teachers collaboratively.

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

Math,Science,Language Arts,American History,Foreign Language,Critical Race Theory, Information Technology, Arts & Music, Personal Finance, Vocational Learning, Social Emotional Learning, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Political Activism

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

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.

Agree   

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.

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.

Neutral   

Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

Sex education should be taught in public schools with parent permission and introduced in grades seven through twelve, although some schools have addressed sexuality topics as early as fourth grade.

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

Sexually transmitted diseases; Physical and emotional health outcomes;contraceptive methods; consent;abstinence; human anatomy/the reproductive system;sexual orientation and gender identity; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex; abortion methods and serious side effects.


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.

Neutral   

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

Disagree   

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 Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

As stated earlier I am a Christian, believer in the Holy Bible in its entirety. I am a Pentecostal. I strongly believe that we should do unto others as we would have and expect them to do unto us.


Qualifications

Why are you running for this office?

I advocate Equitable Treatment of Students and Teachers alike by Administration, without fear of hostility or retaliation as they seek justice for themselves during any differences of opinion. I believe strongly that All Students and All Teachers Matter, as they speak Truth to Power surrounding any issues being resolved. 2)Next,careful Budgeting and Spending across the board throughout the District is paramount in developing quality World class schools that attract upper income families to the city of Arlington. 3)Finally, I support recruiting, hiring and retaining the best Teachers available to help in our overall goal of closing the Achievement Gap in every school at every level and in every category, even with our special needs scholars.

A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.

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 post secondary activities, including employment and enrollment in institutions of higher education.

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

The Holy Bible; The Power of Positive Thinking-Norman Vincent Peal Happiness is a Choice-Frank B. Minirth, MD The Audacity of Hope- President Barak Obama

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

I am a retired educator/Teacher from Arlington Independent Schools, and I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree as well as a Master of Education Degree

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

Moderate   

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

My convictions are middle of the road, neither Liberal or conservative. I am a Christian and seek fairness regardless of what the issue. I have never been an extremist on anything.

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 love advancing education and its tremendous benefits. I know from personal experience what a tremendous positive impact it has had on my life. I am delighted to share my philosophy and drive as a life long learner with the up and coming generations. I believe that I can be a source to help in hundreds of ways on Position#2 for School Board Trustee for AISD. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.


2nd Amendment

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

Strongly Disagree   


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

yes


Background

Education
  • Richmond University, London, England, Ph.D, 2007
  • City University - Bellevue, Bellevue,Washington, M.ED, 2000
  • Western Wash University, Bellingham,Washington, B.ED, 1998
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Way of the Cross Church of Christ,International, Pastor and Senior Bishop
  • Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ,Apostolic Faith, Pastor and Senior Bishop
  • Arlington Independent Schools,Arlington TX, Special Education Teacher
  • Kent School District, Kent,Wash., Special Education Teacher
  • Seattle Public Schools, Seattle,Wa, Special Education Teacher
  • Tacoma Public Schools,Tacoma,Wa, Special Education Teacher
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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