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Timothy Gassaway
Texas House District 87



Real estate professional


PO Box 3484, Amarillo, TX, 79116

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Candidate Survey Responses


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

Protect public schools in Texas from the threat of privatization/vouchers.

Reforming testing and Accountability model in the State of Texas.

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?

I would work to provide funding to make all Texas public schools safe.

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. Texas public schools should receive additional funding. The state needs to find more sustainable revenue to commit to public schools.

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?

I would support or write legislation addressing teacher shortages. By creating programs and funding to incentivize universities to increase the size of the pipeline to increase the number of trained and certified teachers in the State of Texas.

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?


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?

It is reported that Texas has more than 320,000 teachers, I would like to think as a group affordable health care could be negotiated.

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.?

Standardize testing is a snapshot in a student's performance that is 100% reliant on the student. I’m in support of revamping the way Texas measures performance of public schools, teachers and students.

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?

I’m not qualified to answer this question. I would seek guidance from educators for a balanced solution.

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 believe the Teacher Retirement System should be maintained.

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 public employees to access professional associations and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks.

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