Pool earned 29.3% of the vote in the March primary and will compete in a runoff election on May 26, 2020.
Ran unsuccessfully for the same House seat in 2018.
No bills for this candidate.
Has not responded to the ATPE Candidate Survey for the 2020 primary election.
Below are the candidate's responses to our 2018 ATPE Candidate Survey:
1. If elected, what will your top priorities for public education be?
Adequate funding of public education
2. Is there a need to increase state funding to meet the needs of our student population? If so, how would you recommend securing more revenue for public education?
Yes, take the $800 million for border security and increase funding for public education
3. Healthcare costs for educators have increased dramatically and outpaced the state's contributions, with many current and retired educators now paying more out of pocket than their counterparts in other states or in other professions. As a legislator, how would you address this crisis to ensure that active and retired educators have access to affordable healthcare?
Adequate medical care for everyone not just teachers is one of my priorities
4. 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 plan that is more like a 401(k) plan, in which future benefits are not guaranteed?
I will listen to teacher organizations to get their advice. If the system is working for the teachers I'd keep it
5. What do you feel is the proper role of standardized testing in Texas's public education system? For instance, should student test scores be used for school accountability purposes, for evaluating teachers, for measuring student progress, etc.?
Testing should be used for evaluating student progress and areas for progress not measuring schools and teachers.
6. Would you support a state-funded across-the-board pay raise for all Texas classroom teachers?
7. To what extent should student performance determine teacher pay?
8. Would you vote to create any type of voucher, tax credit, scholarship, education savings account, or other program aimed at paying for students, including any subpopulation of students, to attend non-public K-12 schools, such as private or home schools?
9. State law allows educators and other public employees to voluntarily choose to join professional associations like ATPE and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks at no cost to taxpayers. Do you support or oppose letting all public employees use payroll deduction for their membership dues?
Everyone has the right in the Constitution to associate and join organizations as they choose.
10. Current law allows school districts with accountability ratings of "C" or better to become Districts of Innovation (DOIs) and exempt themselves from many state statutes, such as elementary school class-size limits, requirements for hiring certified teachers, and more. Would you recommend any changes to the criteria for becoming a DOI? Would you place any limitations on the state laws that can be waived by DOIs?
I will listen to teacher organizations before any changes
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A NONPARTISAN VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS