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Legislator Report Card for 83rd Session

Check our our press release under the Media button on February 12, 2014, for information about the Legislative Report Card published by Texas Kids Can’t Wait.  The background research for this project was done by a research team headed by Dr. Randy Hendricks at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.  We hope all Texans will […]

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Linda Ethridge: Grading Our State Legislators on Public Education

Linda Ethridge, Board of Contributors: Grading our state legislators on public education LINDA ETHRIDGE Board of Contributors | Updated 1 week ago In the fall of 1947 I entered first grade at Oakwood Elementary School in Knoxville, Tenn. I was lucky. I got to be in Mrs. Lane’s class. She was a wonderful teacher. She was loving, kind, […]

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Important Meeting

Texas Kids Can’t Wait will meet in Waco on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at 6:00 pm, at the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  The featured speaker will be David Hinojosa, lead attorney for MALDEF in the school finance litigation.  He will update us on the school finance case, as well as the legislative session.  You […]

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Exciting Times for Texas Kids Can’t Wait

We, all of us, have made great progress in the year since we first organized Texas Kids Can’t Wait!  In fact, we have exceeded our own expectations. We have held numerous public forums to inform people all over the state about the inadequacies and inequities in Texas school funding, as well as the threats of […]

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To Our Members

The members of Texas Kids Can’t Wait include all of you who have joined our email list, plus our followers on Twitter, plus all those who have joined our Facebook page.  We endeavor to communicate with everyone in all possible ways, and we hope that you will participate in the area most productive for you. […]

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Money Still Matters by Bonnie Lesley

We invite you to download MONEY STILL MATTERS by Bonnie Lesley and published by the Equity Center.  Go to www.equitycenter.org .  Click on the book at bottom right-hand corner of page.  This publication documents the research not only on how money does matter in quality schools, but also the five areas where money is best […]

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Senators Wendy Davis and Sylvia Garcia

Our deepest thanks and appreciation to Sen. Wendy Davis and Sen. Sylvia Garcia.  These two principled and courageous women were the two lone votes against the proposed Senate budget.  They voted against it because it did not include the funds to restore the $5.4 billion cut from public school budgets the last biennium.  They think […]

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Education Reform with David Sirota

Watch this video that exposes the influence of mega-wealthy corporations on education policy all over the country.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LJzEuodZw

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Patrick’s S.B. 2: Charter Schools and Home Rule Districts

Senator Dan Patrick is waging, clearly, a war against public education in Texas.  Evidence?  Well, look at the bills he has filed, look at his comments in press conferences, and, importantly, look who his supporters are, his co-advocates for destruction of the children’s schools!  There is a clear line from the Koch brothers to ALEC […]

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Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional!

February 4, 2013 For more than three years I have been a consultant with the Equity Center, a consortium of property-poor school districts in Texas.  Once they made the decision to file suit against the state, yet again, for its inadequate and inequitable system, they asked me to write another policy paper on why money […]

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