The Patriot Briefing Special Edition - Week of June 2nd, 2013

From: Dean W.
Sent on: Sunday, June 2, 2013 6:31 PM
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  The Patriot Briefing

Special Legislative Edition

Legislation Advocacy - The Week Ahead

Unfortunately, this session the bad bills outweigh the good. Due to poor leadership and so called Republicans with liberal agendas in both houses, many very good bills failed to get to the Governor. And many very bad bills are sitting on his desk. Until we get new leaders who are principled conservatives, this will continue to happen session after session. Governor Perry can show true conservative leadership by putting many of the good bills back into a special session. Encourage him to do so. All the more reason to get engaged now. New and exciting grassroots developments coming soon.

 

SB-1 and HB-1025  General and supplemental appropriation bills.

  • Status: On the Governor's desk
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY AGAINST
  • Research: Real Texas Budget Solutions 
  • Comment: The current budget bill raises spending by 26% and provides for too little tax relief. This will be bad for the Texas economy and it's citizens.
  • Call to action: Contact Governor Perry's office and encourage him to veto the bills and call for a special session on the budget. 

SB 1406 Relating to State Board of Education oversight of regional education service center activities concerning certain curriculum management systems.

  • Status: On the Governor's desk.
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: CSCOPE or C-SCAM? 
  • Comment:  This legislation will shed the light of public scrutiny on the controversial CSCOPE curriculum.
  • Call to action: Contact Governor Perry's office and encourage him to sign this bill.

SB 2 Relating to charter schools and home-rule charter school districts.

  • Status: On the Governor's desk. 
  • Recommendation: FOR 
  • Comment: Will lift the cap on the creation of charter schools and create more choice.
  • Additional Research: Lifting the cap on charters 
  • Call to action: Contact Governor Perry's office and encourage him to sign this bill.

Other calls to action: Contact Governor Perry's office and encourage him to VETO the following BAD bills:


HB 2103
- Allows the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission to share personal data with education research centers in Texas and across the nation  - the data goes back 20 years.

HB 5
- Decimates the "measuring stick" (STAAR/EOC's) so that parents will not know whether their children have been taught Type #1 or Type #2 curriculum (such as CSCOPE, Common Core Standards, Safari Montage, TASA iCLOUD) until it is too late.

 

HB 866 - Companion to HB 5 to destroy the measuring stick - >From Grades 3 - 8, students are only tested twice in Writing on an objective instrument (STAAR), once in Social Studies, two times in Science, three times in Math, and three times in Reading.  

 

HB 2836 - Takes away authority over the curriculum standards (TEKS) from our elected Texas State Board of Education members.

 

HB 1675 - Moves back Sunset Review of the Education Service Centers to Sept. 1, 2019

 

HB 2824 - Lets a consortium of so-called "high performing" (mostly mediocre) school districts off the hook in terms of testing and accountability, thus freeing them up to do teaching and learning to whatever goals and standards they choose.

SB 1730 - that sells-off 23 Texas roads to private, foreign companies!

The Patriot Briefing will be sent out once a week preparing you for legislative action in the week ahead. We do not want to over burden you with emails, so ALERTS on changes, new research, comments, opinion and new items during the week will go out through our TWITTER feed @NRNPAC and our FACEBOOK page. To follow and like, click the links on the right hand side tool bar. 

 

Sign up and use the tools at Texas Legislature Online so you can read and follow bills and get alerts for upcoming committee meetings. Also, we can't catch everything, so if you see something you think needs attention, please contact us.

 

NRN citizen lobbyist training videos for Legislation Advocacy.

 

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Sincerely,

Dean Wright
NewRevolutionNow.org
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