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.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
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?
It is our responsibility to hire ( and fire if need be) the Superintendent, set goals, policy and procedures, approve budgets and be ever mindful of taxpayers dollars and the most efficient usage of those dollars for the best outcome. It is not the function of a local school board to do the day to day planning and activities of a school district. We do take seriously the outcomes of our students and we are always interested in programs that will give us those desired outcomes that prepare them for further studies or to live a productive life in general. We do have a Board Monitoring System that takes our annual goals and disseminates information as to how close to our goals we are and where we need improvement.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
The State Board of Education ( an elected body) sets curriculum standards and reviews and adopts instructional materials for the State of Texas. The Texas Education Agency, headed by the Commissioner of Education ( an appointed position by the Governor) sets the TEKS ( Texas Essential Knowledge) and at the local level, the curriculum and instruction department recommends the adoption of instructional materials from the SBOE approved list to the Board of Trustees. In addition to these state adopted materials, classroom teachers us a variety of instructional materials to assist in delivering content. Parents are entitled to review all teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom. Parents, Employees, or any District resident may formally challenge a resource used in the educational program based on appropriateness.
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
Mathematics, Science, Physical Fitness, American History, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Technology, Foreign Language is available, and now thru Legislative input, Social Emotional Learning
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 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 to help children turn from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria 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.
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?
First and foremost, I feel it should be parents and/or guardians that begin the discussion, however it is mandated thru our Texas Legislature that it should be taught in school at seventh and eighth grade levels. My wife and I had decided that when ( and if) our sons ask questions about sex, that we would be honest and word appropriate, which I believe is a solid way to teach our own children. I do know that some parents do not want to discuss, and so the school is where some learn about sex, although the information might not be accurate or appropriate. That is why this was included in curriculum, is my understanding.
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
Physical and emotional health outcomes, contraceptive methods, consent, abstinence, sexual orientation, human anatomy, reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and fetal development, abortion methods and side effects. I am not a proponent of explicit descriptions of sex acts at this age.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Born and raised by Presbyterian Parents and Grandparents, I married a Wonderful Catholic woman who has been my wife for 48 years. I did convert to Catholicism, but my GOD did not change his face when I converted. I try to always practice what the Bible reveals ... Love God with all your heart and soul, Family Second and treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated. It is not our place to Judge anyone...that is left for our GOD, who is the only one that can judge.
Why are you running for this office?
I am proud of my past 16 years of serving on the CFISD Board of Trustees. I feel that there needs to be continuity to continue and even improve on the many programs being offered all of our students and affording them the opportunity to pursue career, military or college. I am also serving on the Texas Association of School Boards as 2nd Vice President, and hope to be elected First VP at TASA/TASB convention in September 2021. Such a rare opportunity to work alongside and with 40 plus Directors from across this great State of Texas
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?
I would probably group two together...Offer a well balanced and appropriate curriculum and prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens with appreciation for the basic values of our State of Texas and National heritage.
What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?
The Bible first and foremost. Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Flies,( from High School) and more recently, Max Lucado's " Grace".
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
My degree is in Music Education, I did teach for three years. Following that, I worked in rehabilitation of recently blind, thinking I would pursue my counseling degree. Marriage and offer to move into Industry changed that, as I worked in steel industry for almost 40 years. My wife, being a teacher, could not volunteer, which I did for our three sons, which led to my first run for the office of Trustee in 2005. My experience expanded with serving on TASB Board of Trustees.
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.
Although I have been a member of the Republican party for over 45 years, I never vote straight ticket, but try to educate myself especially on the candidates that will have the most direct affect on my life and family. I am a strong believer in the American Dream, and am very opposed to a socialistic society. However, I do believe that there should be an Opportunity for each and everyone, without constraint on ethnic, economic or educational backgrounds.
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 realize that I have served in this position for 16 years, and many might think that that is enough, and possibly, although I feel it has been successful in CFISD, is time for someone different. I would like to make clear that I have no desire to seek a higher office, and that my heart and soul are firmly secure in the community of CFISD. I would like to serve another term, pursue some ideas that are innovative, work alongside this amazing team of professionals that are educating so many students to become the best that they can be and to be active community members.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?
I believe in the vaccinations, but I also believe that parents have the right to decide what is best for their own children. Giving the factual information is something that should be mandatory.