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?
The local school board should set the budget for the district. They should also set district wide policy goals, and leave the district administrative personnel to carry out the policies. The board also hires the superintendent. While not an overt function, the board also should serve as an information gathering entity to allow teacher and administrative personnel a confidential way to identify areas of student need and concern. This should be kept in a database to identify campus and district wide problems.
Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?
The state sets minimum standards, and school boards should build upon the state mandated minimums to maximize student potential in a manner that does not run afoul of the state guidelines.
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, Language Arts, American History, Personal Finances, Physical Fitness, Art & Music. Not listed, but I would add Public Speaking as a priority. Vocational Learning is just as important as Math and Science; however, it is a separate educational track and not directly comparable to the core educational activities listed in rank order above.
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?
Parents have the primary responsibility for teaching their children sex education. However, all students need to have a very basic education on the subject. This should occur in the 9th grade since this is when students enter high school and they will inevitably be exposed to the topic in some manner. The education should be very basic and biology based and also provide resources to report sexual assault. Junior high campuses should have designated individuals to answer questions students may have in this subject matter, but should not have any formalized sex education curriculum.
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, consent, abstinence, human anatomy/the reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and fetal development, resources available to sexual assault victims.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am Roman Catholic.
Why are you running for this office?
I have three children, two of which are disabled, and am tired of seeing the students served by the district suffer from the board’s inability to get along. This is especially concerning since the Harris County Department of Education is a great, local, example of how individuals with significantly differing backgrounds and underlying political beliefs are able to work together for the good of students in Harris County despite being a system of partisan elections. Calm and collegiality needs to return to the Board. The Board should lead by example and model behavior that they want others to follow. A culture change to a positive message and maximize student potential needs to take root in the Board.
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 1: Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.
What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?
The Bible has over time become more and more important in life. However, from a purely profound impact standpoint the book The Legend of Huma had the most impact. I read it at 11 or 12 years old. The book promotes befriending those different from you and working together for common goals. It is a story that promotes honor, duty, valor, and self sacrifice.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I hold two advanced degrees and have a total 10 years college education. However, more importantly my mother, sister, and aunts on both sides of the family are active or retired teachers. Observing their professional careers has one thing in common – school administration doesn’t always match up with the needs individual teachers are able to identify. Teachers need an advocate to promote solutions to specifically identified problems.
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.
Please see my writing at https://bigjolly.com/.
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?
My father is disabled, both my sons are disabled, and I practice disability law. I've seen from both personal and professional experience how disability impacts families and how appropriate, early, intervention creates much better outcomes from those impacted. HISD has an opportunity to better serve the disabled within the district, and I bring a unique perspective and tenacity to make sure this district population is not inadequately assisted.
Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.
Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?
Regarding Covid, I was vaccinated and hospitalized from the effects of the vaccine so do not support mandatory vaccinations for Covid. However, with the normal exceptions provided by law, I do support mandatory vaccinations for Tdap, MMR, Polio, Meningococcal and Varicella.