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Adrienne Bell
Texas House District 29



Math Interventionist


3519 E. Walnut 3465, Pearland, TX, 77588

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Candidate Survey Responses


1. If elected, what are your top priorities for public education?

1) Increased funding for education 2) Advocating against any funding taken away from public education 3) Wage increases for teachers, retired teachers, and staff.

2. Voucher programs take many forms (tax credits, scholarships, education savings accounts, etc.) and are either universal or aimed at specific subpopulations (special education students, low-income students, students attending schools with poor A-F accountability ratings, etc.). Would you vote to create a voucher program of any type to pay for students to attend non-public K-12 schools, such as private or home schools?

No, I will advocate for increased funding for public education.

3. In 2023, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3 requiring a number of new school safety measures. However, many believe the Legislature did not adequately increase funding to cover the cost of the mandates in HB 3 or other locally adopted school safety measures. How would you work to make schools safer and ensure such initiatives are properly funded?

School safety also involves the decreasing of gun violence, which is not addressed in HB3. We have safety drills, have bullet proofed walls (certain parts), yet overall we have no safety. What happens when students are outdoors and someone comes on the campus with a gun, that they bought with no background check?

4. Despite a record-breaking surplus of $38 billion during the 2023 legislative session, school funding formulas were not increased to keep pace with inflation since they were last adjusted in 2019. Do you believe Texas public schools should receive additional funding? If so, how should the state pay for it?

Yes The state has a huge rainy day fund. It is raining for teachers and staff, and we need to be funded.

5. Texas has faced growing teacher shortages in recent years, with many schools hiring uncertified teachers to fill the gaps. How would you work to ensure Texas public schools have an adequate number of trained and certified teachers?

The pay of teachers should be increased. The test for certification should be free.

6. Inadequate compensation hampers the recruitment and retention of high-quality educators. Do you support a state-funded across-the-board pay raise for all Texas educators?

Yes. Absolutely

7. The high cost of health insurance available to educators is a significant factor decreasing their take-home pay. How would you address the challenge of rising health care costs facing Texas educators and ensure access to affordable health care?

Texas educators need affordable health care. Negotiations for health care should include good vision, good dental, and prescription benefits.

8. What do you feel is the proper role of standardized testing in the Texas public education system? For instance, should student test scores be used as a metric in determining teacher pay, school accountability ratings, evaluating teachers, measuring student progress, etc.?

Standardized testing holds too much accountable and penalty on the classroom teacher. It should not be used to penalize teachers or a part of the grade given to schools.

9. In your opinion, what is the proper balance between accommodating an individual parent’s or student’s wishes and the taxpaying community’s interest in directing and maintaining an optimal educational environment for the student population as a whole?

Parents have a huge responsibility in contributing to the success of their student and should be a partner in the education system. They should not be a deciding factor on public versus private funding.

10. Do you believe the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) should be maintained as a traditional defined-benefit pension plan for all future, current, and retired educators, or do you support converting TRS to a defined-contribution structure that is more like a 401(k) plan, in which future benefits are not guaranteed?

I support the TRS as a pension plan.

11. State law allows educators and other public employees to voluntarily choose to join professional associations such as ATPE and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks at no cost to taxpayers. Do you support or oppose letting all public employees continue to exercise this right?

I support employees to be able to exercise their right to join professional associations.

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