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.

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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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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Happenings

On January 29, 2013, Texas Kids Can’t Wait co-hosted with the McLennan County Democratic Party a public forum on the importance of equitable and adequate school funding for all Texas schools and the reasons to oppose all moves toward privatization (vouchers, removing the charter cap, closing low performing schools in two years instead of six […]

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Texas School Voucher Scheme: Yet Another Blow Against Public Education

This blog is among the best I’ve read that explains exactly what it is that Senator Dan Patrick, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Gov. Rick Perry are doing in order to destroy Texas public schools–and why they are doing it.  Read it.  Share it with every Texan you know.  And call your legislators today to […]

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Education Experts Rarely Allowed at the Policymaking Table

A hundred years ago I was the Associate State Superintendent for Standards and Curriculum in the great state of Delaware.  I got there just as the movement began to develop state-level curriculum standards for schools, so I oversaw that process. The Chief State School Officers is a national organization made up of the executive leadership […]

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Money Still Matters: Investing in Texas Children and the Great State of Texas

Soon, very soon, the Equity Center will be publishing Money Still Matters:  Investing in Texas Children and the Great State of Texas, which I wrote for them.  I will post it on this website under “Research,” and the Equity Center will publish it on their site at http://www.equitycenter.org .  I hope you will read it […]

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Finnish Lessons

I read and reread Sahlberg’s book called “Finnish Lessons” in preparation for writing my 2012 policy paper for the Equity Center.  It is just excellent!  I recommend that everyone read it.  He details what it is that that country has done that has led to it leading the world in international assessments.  In many, many […]

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Many Thanks to Karen Petree and Kelly McDonald

Karen Petree (County Chair) and Kelly McDonald (Ex.Dir.) of the McLennan County Democrat Party gave us a huge boost in the newsletter that they emailed recently to McLennan County Democrats.  Democrats from all over McLennan County will read this information and be better informed about the issues now.  The whole right side-bar of the newsletter […]

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February 23, 2013, Rally at the Capitol in Austin

Go to this site for more information.  We will have buses going from Waco, and as soon as we have more information, we will let you know where to meet the bus, the travel schedule, etc.  http://savetxschools.org/save-texas-schools-march-and-rally-2013/

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