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Albert Hunter
Texas House District 13



Retired Educator


PO Box 291, Meridian, TX, 76665

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Candidate Survey Responses


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

School Funding. School Safety. Teacher and Retired Teacher pay.

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?


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?

Adequate stipend for school officers and security equipment.

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?

Any additional funding must have a continue revenue source. The surplus is not something that will always be there. The surplus could be setup as a grant program used for capital improvements, technology, safety and schools of innovation.

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 changing workforce has higher paying jobs outside of teaching. School violence, making it unsafe to do the job attributes to the lack of school employees. Create a State Funded incentive package. Addressing these issues could bring in more that want to be educators.

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?

Throw money at a problem does not always create a solution. Adjusting the salary schedule will help, but do not attach extra work requirements. Any across the board increase must be state funded.

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?


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.?

Testing should be used to measure student academic growth. Unfortunately, if accountability is not attached then the effort is not there. Students are not machines, therefore, teachers do not control how a student preforms on a test that day always. They can prepare them but it is up to the individual to preform.

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?

This is a state mandate and school districts should try to accommodate, within reason, the needs of the student

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?

Traditional for transparency.

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 the right to choose

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