Category Archives: Blog

Blogs will be published frequently–to provide information about issues of concern to Texas Kids Can’t Wait, opinion pieces, analyses, and discussions of research findings, as well as suggestions for political action by our members and friends.

Charter School Funding Research by Moak, Casey & Associates

Courtesy of Raise Your Hand Texas and Moak, Casey & Associates: Texas Kids Can’t Wait earlier published a comprehensive study conducted by Dr. Larry Toenjes about the Texas charter school claim that they need additional state funding for facilities since, they allege, they are funded at $1,000 less per student than the traditional public schools. […]

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Texas Charter School Funding

by Bonnie A. Lesley Texas Kids Can’t Wait has been distressed for several years now as we have watched the Texas Charter School Association and some of its member charter schools repeatedly misrepresent the truth when discussing charter school funding.  They even lied to the Supreme Court of Texas when they filed their brief on […]

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Legislative Report Card for the 84th Legislative Session

Click on the “ISSUES” button on the menu bar to see the bills supported and opposed by Texas Kids Can’t Wait during the last legislative session.  The report has been updated so that you can also see which bills passed and were signed by the Governor (see cells shaded blue).  The second Legislative Report Card […]

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Do You Want School Choice or In-School Choice?

by Bonnie A. Lesley, Ed.D. Everybody needs to recognize that almost all charter schools are non-profit arms of for-profit charter management corporations. Those charters buy almost everything from or through the for-profit corporation, and that is how they make the millions that the hedge-fund managers and investors applaud! They would not continue to exist without […]

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Worst-Ever Attacks on Public Schools

I am old as dirt.  I was born in 1940. Do the math.  I lived through the recovery days of the Depression, World War II, the drought in the 1950’s, the Bay of Pigs crisis, Viet Nam, the assassinations of John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, 9/11.  Well, you know.  For 41 of […]

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Texas Public Policy Foundation “Misspeaks” When Predicting Higher Teacher Salaries Under Privatization

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, which is closely aligned with ALEC, Texans for Education Reform, and other groups determined to privatize public education, recently Tweeted:  “#SchoolChoice will increase average #Texas teacher pay.”  The following study, in response, was conducted by economist Dr. Larry Toenjes of Houston.  His source of data was the Snapshot data on […]

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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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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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