Candidate Profile
Maria Benzon

Non-Partisan , Texas


Maria Benzon
Houston ISD School Board, Dist. 5

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Our Revolution Harris County, Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO


Community Voices for Public Education

Selected Financial Source Documents


Other Information

Party Primary Election Voting History for Maria Biledith Benzon during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 4 Democratic Primaries 2008-2016
**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.


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.

(Did not answer)


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not 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.

(Did not answer)

At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.

(Did not answer)

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

(Did not answer)


What is the function of the local school board?

The responsibilities of Trustees in Houston ISD include setting policies for the district as well as interviewing, hiring, evaluating, and if needed, dismissing the Superintendent of Houston ISD. Trustees also approve the annual budget. In addition, Trustees strive to provide high-quality education to the constituents they serve such as the students and families of Houston ISD.

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

The state sets the standards to teach. The district should set the curricula and determine resources for the curricula. Schools should discuss with the district if they need different curricula or resources in order to better meet the needs of their community. Teachers should discuss with school administrators if they would like to use or supplement the curriculum with other resources.

Please list 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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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.

(Did not 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.

(Did not answer)


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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

Therapy to help children turn from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria should be banned.

(Did not 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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


Why are you running for this office?

I am running to be the HISD Trustee in District V because I believe ALL students deserve a high-quality public education. School board trustees need to be knowledgeable of the successes and challenges in running schools, supporting teachers, and educating children. I bring that knowledge with 21+ years teaching and leading in urban schools and as a professor of math/science teachers. I bring a background in educational research in diversity, motivation, and classroom practices. As a parent of an HISD student and community leader, I want to ensure that ALL children have access to excellent and equitable learning opportunities.

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?

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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?

(Did not answer)

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.

(Did not answer)

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?

(Did not answer)

2nd Amendment

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

(Did not answer)

Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?

(Did not answer)


  • University of Houston, Houston, TX, PhD, 2013
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, MA, 1999
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, BS, 1997
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Bellaire Young Mothers, Speaker Coordinator
  • Bellaire Young Mothers, President
  • EF+Math Educational Leadership Council, Member
  • TI Teachers Teaching with Technology, Regional Instructor
  • Elizabeth Warren Campaign, Volunteer
  • Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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