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February 15, 2016, 84th Legislative Session:  Legislator Report Card

INTRODUCTION

 

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Documents below:

  1.  Research report on votes taken and records of who sponsored and co-sponsored bills in the 84th Legislative Session–by Dr. Randy Hendricks and Kimberly Hornsby of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.LegReportCardREV 2-6-16-2
  2. Link to the list of bills supported and opposed by Texas Kids Can’t Wait:  http://www.texaskidscantwait.org/issues-2/bills-supported-and-opposed-by-texas-kids-cant-wait-84th-legislative-session/
  3. Analysis of the results of the 84th Legislative Session
  4. Report Card for members of the Texas House of Representatives (sorted by alpha, political party, district, and grade/rank)
  5. Report Card for members of the Texas Senate (sorted by alpha, political party, party, district, and grade/rank)

 

February 15, 2016

Research for the Legislative Report Card

Click the link below to read the report by Dr. Randy Hendricks and Kimberly Hornsby, who conducted the research that made the Legislative Report Card possible.

LegReportCardREV 2-6-16-2

Analysis of the Results of the 84th Legislative Session

February 15, 2016

For more information, please contact Bonnie Lesley at 254-855-0594 or Linda Ethridge at 254-776-9949.

 

Texas Kids Can’t Wait is releasing today its second Legislative Report Card. We feel strongly that all government should be accountable to the people for its actions, so accountability by public schools, as one major example, is meaningless unless, importantly, the Legislature, the Lt. Governor, and the Governor are held accountable for sound, evidence-based policies and for providing the necessary financial resources for the public schools to do their job.

 

If these leaders can enact laws providing for the closure of public schools that simply have low test scores, ignoring both the poverty of the homes of more than 60% of Texas school children, plus their continuing to inadequately and inequitably fund our schools, and, additionally, mandating bad practice, then it is the responsibility of the people to expose them, along with the consequences of their actions and inactions. On the other hand, those legislators who do strongly support public education and care about the outcomes of the five million children who attend public schools should be recognized, applauded, and supported.

 

The Legislative Report Card that we published in 2014 included ratings that were based solely on the bills that made it to the House and/or Senate floors for a vote. Since committee votes are not generally recorded, we used the same method for the 2016 report. In addition, however, this time, we awarded points to legislators who sponsored or co-sponsored bills we supported, and we assigned negative points to those legislators who sponsored or co-sponsored bills that we opposed, whether or not they made it to a floor vote. We believe this additional information gives the public a better picture of exactly what it is that its representatives are really doing. This year’s rating or grade makes it clear who supports public education in Texas—and who does not.

 

Our Legislative Report Card this year uses the same rating system as the newly enacted HB 1842. It mandates the annual labeling of individual schools and school districts with grades A-F. (In 2014 we used the labels in law then: Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, and Unacceptable.)

In order to arrive at a grade or rating for each legislator, we first collected data, lots of data. We identified and tracked almost 300 bills through the 84th legislative session in 2015. We read the minutes of committee meetings and house proceedings. We identified who sponsored and co-sponsored bills in both the House and Senate, and we made informed decisions about which bills we supported and opposed. We carefully followed the reports of other public education organizations and added their intelligence to ours about what was going on. We spoke frequently to the legislative liaisons of several of our coalition partners to gain further information. We also collected media reports about what policy makers said and did not say about public education.

 

We grouped the bills that were filed into several categories so that we could better evaluate what was going on.

 

  • Public School Improvements—bills that included proposals to fund pilot projects for the implementation of community schools and bills that would fund pre-kindergarten. We supported the community school bills, although we would have liked to see more universal funding since in no way is this concept experimental any more and since the economically-disadvantaged rate for Texas children now encompasses the majority. We likewise supported more funding for prekindergarten, and we were very disappointed in the token bill that passed. Again, the research overwhelmingly supports preschool for 3-4 year-olds.

 

  • Home Schools—bills that home schoolers lobbied for that would allow foster families to homeschool and bills to allow home-schooled students full access the UIL activities. We opposed all these bills.

 

  • Charter Schools—More than 30 bills were filed relating to charter schools, almost all of which we opposed.  The legislators who want to privatize education wanted to raise the cap on charter schools, give them tax breaks, pay for their facilities, recruit students for them, force school districts to sell their buildings to charters for a song, fund transportation, provide them with more access to the Permanent School Fund, lessen their accountability, provide more discretion to the Commissioner in making decisions about charters, allow their full participation in UIL activities, etc. We supported a few bills, none of which passed: to require charters to admit students with discipline records, as do public schools; to require open records; to support charter employees who wish to organize and/or join a union; and to tighten purchasing and contracting guidelines.

 

  • Home Rule—One bill was filed to loosen requirements to become a Home Rule district, which we opposed. Near the end of the session an amendment was added to HB 1842 to allow so-called “innovation schools,” which looks suspiciously like what the home rule proponents wanted.

 

  • Parent Trigger—Two bills were filed to loosen requirements for the parent trigger method of bringing in more charter schools. We opposed them, and they did not pass.

 

  • Opportunity School District—Four bills were filed to enable the state to take over so-called failing schools and move them into a state-wide district run by the Commissioner, but funded by local districts. We strongly opposed all these bills, and none passed.

 

  • Online Courses and Schools—Given the overwhelming research evidence that online programs do not produce good results, especially for students who struggle to learn, we opposed all eight bills that were filed. None of them passed. Some were outright vouchers to private companies.

 

  • Vouchers—Sixteen bills were filed in efforts to use public money to send children to private schools. All failed. The Coalition for Public Schools, including Texas Kids Can’t Wait, lobbied hard against these bills.

 

  • Nullification—One bill was filed to “suspend the operation of all federal laws, rules, regulations, and orders regarding primary and secondary public education that are inconsistent with state laws.” It further asserted that “federal funds cannot be conditional on any regulations, policy, law, or rule.” This bill never got out of committee.

 

  • Assessment—Almost 30 bills were filed that directly relate to the Texas assessment program. Some bills wanted to add assessments; others tried to cut back. We supported those that wanted to cut back, plus the bill that did pass that requires state tests to have “validity and reliability.” The Governor vetoed the bill that would have required a review of the Texas curriculum standards.

 

  • Accountability–Almost 40 bills were filed relating to accountability. We supported Sen. Seliger’s bill that would allow partnerships with state universities and schools threatened with closure to form the “School Turnaround Education Program.” It didn’t pass. This bill, the bills to fund community schools, and the bill to provide token funding for a limited prekindergarten program were the only positive steps the state considered to support struggling schools. Only a weak prekindergarten bill passed. HB 1842 passed, which includes labels of schools A-F and which includes provisions for so-called “Innovation Districts,” which, apparently, is another version of “Home Rule.” We strongly opposed this bill in almost all its parts.

 

  • Class Size—Nine bills were introduced to reduce class size, all of which we supported since small classes are critical to improved learning for all students and especially for students from poverty, students with disabilities, English-language Learners, and young children. None even got out of committee.

 

  • Teacher Quality—Fifteen bills were filed, relating mainly to efforts to reduce certification requirements for teachers, principals, and superintendents and/or to promote alternative certification. We supported two bills—one to raise teacher salaries and one to prohibit the use of test scores to evaluate or set salaries for teachers. Neither passed.

 

  • Civil Rights—Fifteen outrageous bills were filed to limit in one way or another the civil rights of students, school boards, educators, and the powers of school boards and educator organizations. None passed, and only two got out of committee.

 

  • Adequate Funding—More than 100 bills were filed that had the potential either of improving or making more inadequate the funding of Texas public schools. Public schools are funded at the local level through property taxes and at the state level, in large part, by business franchise taxes, some small percentage of lottery funds, and from fuel taxes. At the conclusion of the session, we saw lowered property taxes and business franchise taxes and a removal of fuel taxes from education funding. We opposed almost every bill filed since we fear that, given the price of oil, there will now not be enough state revenue to fund fully any of the state services in the next biennium, so we are fearing further cuts in 2017. This frenzy of tax cuts was made as the state was facing a district court decision by Judge John Dietz that the Texas school finance system is both inadequate and inequitable. The Legislature refused even to consider the work of creating an improved and constitutional school finance system.

 

  • Equitable Funding—Fourteen bills were filed relating to equitable funding concerns. We supported all except three of them. One bill to provide more compensatory education funding and to provide free or reduced-price breakfast to eligible students passed. And, again, Judge Dietz’s decision on equity was not addressed.

 

Go to this link for a full list of the bills tracked during the 84th Legislative Session:

http://www.texaskidscantwait.org/issues-2/bills-supported-and-opposed-by-texas-kids-cant-wait-84th-legislative-session/

 

When these summaries are analyzed, it is evident that the Texas Legislature did not consider much that matters to the future improvement of public education. The big topics about what matters most in education spending (quality teachers, low class sizes, out-of-school enrichment activities, prekindergarten, interventions for struggling learners–and schools, plus engaging curriculum and resources to teach it) were hardly mentioned on the House or Senate floors.

 

Adequacy of funding for schools was not addressed except with a token raise in overall appropriations, and all the bills filed that would further equity were killed.

 

Our assessment of school finance in Texas is validated by the studies published by national organizations that evaluate and compare/contrast the states’ performances. The latest Quality Counts 2016 report, for example, reveals that Texas ranks 49th in the nation on per-student expenditures. http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2016/2016-state-report-cards-map.html . Another recent report card, Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, also finds Texas lacking: Texas got a D rating. http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card_2015.pdf

 

Instead of addressing adequacy and equity, the major focus for the legislature was on cutting the sources of education funding and then on the privatization of education via home schools, charters, vouchers, parent triggers, opportunity school district, home rule, innovation districts, online courses and schools—and on an accountability system focused on shaming and punishment.

 

The Network for Public Education released a 50-state report card on February 2, 2016, based on support for public education: resistance to privatization, professionalization of teaching, school finance, spending taxpayer resources wisely, elimination of high-stakes testing, and providing opportunities for student success. Texas’s overall grade on this report was an F. This national organization very closely reflects the goals of Texas Kids Can’t Wait. http://networkforpubliceducation.org/tomswisher/current_map.html

 

Gov. Greg Abbott

 

Even though Gov. Greg Abbott is not a part of the Legislature, he has in his office the potential and power to influence state policy, and he did. He said in speeches and in press conferences that tax relief was paramount in his list of priorities, he repeatedly expressed his support of school privatization schemes, and the one prekindergarten bill that passed reflected what he said he wanted.  It is inadequately and inequitably funded. It is not universal. It is not a full-day program. Funding was not equalized. And its requirements do not meet the standards of professional organizations who are expert in early childhood policy. http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/forum/bicentennial-blueprint/

 

We, therefore, sadly, award Gov. Greg Abbott an F as a part of this report.

 

 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick leads the Senate, and he was not shy about it. Everyone paying attention knew exactly what he wanted and did not want when it came to education policy. Due to his insistence on tax cuts, his ignoring the imperatives of adequacy and equity, his endorsement of policies contradicting research evidence, and his embracing of school privatization, he also, sadly, clearly earned an F-.  In fact, his pronouncements earned him a grade worse than any of the senators. https://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/2015/10/12/lt-governor-patrick-announces-third-installment-of-interim-charges/

 

Texas Senate, 84th Session

 

Because the Senate was tightly controlled by Lt. Gov. Patrick, its 84th session is likely to be recorded as the session most hostile to public education, perhaps in the entire history of Texas. Also, given the Super Majority now in the Senate, Senators were, as members, able to advance bills they favored, and they did. In fact, in some cases, the Super Majority would all sponsor or co-sponsor a bill to ensure not only its success in committee, but even on the floor. They rammed bills through passage that were buried in committees in the House. An overview of the bills that we tracked reveals an agenda that is the worst any of us can remember seeing in our life times. For the first time in Texas history, for example, voucher bills made it out of committee and passed on the Senate floor. We, therefore, sadly, assign a grade of F- to the Texas Senate.

 

Speaker Joe Straus

 

Speaker Joe Straus does not often vote on bills that come to the floor, so we made judgments about his performance and support for public education by looking at his appointments to the Education Committee, listening to and reading his public statements, and paying attention to which bills actually made it to the floor. We also are aware that the Speaker sometimes has to make compromises in one area he cares about in order to get another bill passed. We award Speaker Straus a grade of C—certainly passing, but with lots of room for improvement.

 

Texas House, 84th Session

 

Members of the House did not vote on as many bills as did the Senate. The Education Committee simply refused to advance many of the privatization bills that Senators were quick to endorse.

 

Nevertheless, their record on education, as a body, is not stellar. It’s just better than the Senate’s. Their strong support for public education came through in their refusal to consider Lt. Gov. Patrick’s privatization bills, support for community schools and prekindergarten, for some of the assessment and accountability bills that we supported, and for proposed bills that would have enhanced equitable funding.

 

Their biggest weaknesses included support for the tax cuts that endanger adequate funding for schools, their decision not to act to repair the school finance system so that it meets Constitutional requirements for adequate and equitable funding, their approval of HB 1842, adding more shaming and blaming to schools filled with kids who come from economically disadvantaged homes and under-funded schools, and their support for various charter bills.

 

As a body, they earned a grade of D-, with lots of room for improvement.

 

Individual Representatives and Senators

 

The individual grades of Representatives and Senators are located on the attached Report Cards. They are sorted by alpha, political party, district, and grade.

Congratulations, Appreciation, Applause, Garlands for our Heroes

 

House Members


Rep. Mary Gonzalez of the El Paso area received the highest rating and earned a grade of A+.

Other House members earning an A+ were

Rep. Diego Bernal of San Antonio

Rep. Donna Howard of Austin

Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso

Rep. Celia Israel of Austin

 

House members earning an A were

Rep. Cesar Blanco of El Paso

Rep. Nicole Collier of Ft. Worth

Rep. Justin Rodriguez of San Antonio

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio

Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie

Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston

Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston

Rep. Armando Walle of Houston

Rep. Yvonne Davis of Dallas

Rep. Alma Allen of Houston

Rep. Joe Farias of San Antonio

Rep. Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass

 

House members earning a B+ were

Rep. Abel Herrero of Robstown

Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas

Rep. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio

Rep. Toni Rose of Dallas

 

House members earning a B were

Rep. Ina Minjarez of San Antonio

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez of Austin

Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg

Rep. Gene Wu of Houston

Rep. Helen Giddings of DeSoto

Rep. Armando Martinez of Weslaco

Rep. Borris Miles of Houston

Rep. Elliott Naishat of Austin

Rep. Gary Van Deaver of New Boston

 

Senators

The highest scoring (A+) Senator was Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin also earned an A+ rating.

Senators earning an A were

Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston

Sen. Jose Menendez of San Antonio

Senators earning a B+ were

Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston

Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo

Sen. John Whitmire of Houston

 

Bottom of the Barrel Grades

The lowest scoring (F-) House member was Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston.

Another 87 House members received a grade of F.

59% of the House received a grade of F or F-.

 

The Senate was even worse.

Eighteen Senators received a grade of F- and another two received an F.

The very worst Senator was Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels, but she had plenty of company.

65% of the Senators received a grade of F or F-.

 

Conclusion

Texas Kids Can’t Wait very much hopes that this Report Card and its analysis of data will serve as a wake-up call to Texans who depend upon and value public education and its importance to more than 5 million Texas children. Texas cannot afford to keep failing our kids, and we cannot keep putting on hold the funding and policy solutions to enable and encourage and foster a quality school system in every Texas community. Kids are kids for a short time, and before we know it, their time has passed. Texas kids cannot keep being told to wait! More than a generation of children have gone through grades K-12 since the need for adequate and equitable funding was identified in the latest round of litigation to force the state to do the right thing.

We should be holding individual Representatives and Senators accountable for their actions in very public ways! Let’s publish their ratings and make sure people understand. Let’s have those town hall meetings and demand explanations. Let’s make sure that the 135 schools on the TEA list slated for closure are NOT closed and that, instead, we replace the failing legislators. The schools are the children’s schools, and they are paid for, in large part, by local taxpayers who choose to invest in public education for the common good, as well as for the future of their own children.  Texas is better than this report card indicates.

Our Gratitude

Dr. Randy Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton, Texas, conducted the research necessary for the production of this report card for Texas Legislators.  He was assisted by Kimberly Hornsby, a doctoral student at UMHB.  Their attention to detail, their passion for accuracy, and their commitment to objectivity are very much appreciated and valued by all of us at Texas Kids Can’t Wait and by the greater community of people who support public schools.  We are very, very grateful for the high quality of their work.

Legislators’ Report Card:

Texas 84th House of Representatives

 Alpha Order

House Member   Party Dist# City Grade
Allen, Alma D 131 Houston A
Alonzo, Roberto D 104 Dallas D
Alvarado, Carol D 145 Houston C
Anchia, Rafael D 103 Dallas B+
Anderson, Charles “Doc” R 56 Waco F
Anderson, Rodney R 105 Grand Prairie F
Ashby, Trent R 57 Lufkin F
Aycock, Jimmie Don R 54 Killeen C
Bell, Jr., Cecil R 3 Magnolia F
Bernal, Diego D 123 San Antonio A+
Blanco, Cesar D 76 El Paso A
Bohac, Dwayne R 138 Houston F-
Bonnen, Dennis R 25 Houston F
Bonnen, Greg R 24 Angleton F
Burkett, Cindy R 113 Sunnyvale F
Burns, DeWayne R 58 Cleburne F
Burrows, Dustin R 83 Lubbock F
Button, Angie Chen R 112 Richardson F
Canales, Terry D 40 Edinburg B
Capriglione, Giovanni R 98 Southlake F
Clardy, Travis R 11 Nacogdoches F
Coleman, Garnet D 147 Houston A
Collier, Nicole D 95 Ft. Worth A
Cook, Byron R 8 Corsicana F
Craddick, Tom R 82 Midland F
Crownover, Myra R 64 Denton F
Cyrier, John R 17 Lockhart F
Dale, Tony R 136 Cedar Park F
Darby, Drew R 72 San Angelo D
Davis, Sarah R 134 West University F
Davis, Yvonne D 111 Dallas A
Deshotel, Joe D 22 Beaumont D+
Dukes, Dawnna D 46 Austin D+
Dutton, Jr., Harold D 142 Houston F
Elkins, Gary R 135 Houston F
Faircloth, Wayne R 23 Galveston F
Fallon, Pat R 106 Frisco F
Farias, Joe D 118 San Antonio A
Farney, Marsha R 20 Georgetown F
Farrar, Jessica D 148 Houston C+
Fletcher, Allen R 130 Cypress F
Flynn, Dan R 2 Canton F
Frank, James R 69 Wichita Falls F
Frullo, John R 84 Lubbock F
Galindo, Rick R 117 San Antonio D
Geren, Charlie R 99 Ft. Worth F
Giddings, Helen D 109 DeSoto B
Goldman, Craig R 97 Ft. Worth F
Gonzales, Larry R 52 Round Rock F
Gonzalez, Mary D 75 Clint A+
Guerra, Robert D 41 Mission D
Guillen, Ryan D 31 Rio Grande City C+
Gutierrez, Roland D 119 San Antonio B+
Harless, Patricia R 126 Spring D
Hernandez, Ana D 143 Houston C
Herrero, Abel D 34 Robstown B+
Howard, Donna D 48 Austin A+
Huberty, Dan R 127 Houston F
Hughes, Bryan R 5 Mineola F
Hunter, Todd R 32 Corpus Christi F
Isaac, Jason R 45 Dripping Springs F
Israel, Celia D 50 Austin A+
Johnson, Eric D 100 Dallas C
Kacal, Kyle R 12 College Station D
Keffer, James R 60 Eastland F
Keough, Mark R 15 The Woodlands F
King, Ken R 88 Canadian F
King, Phil R 61 Weatherford F
King, Susan R 71 Abilene F
King, Tracy D 80 Batesville D
Klick. Stephanie R 91 Ft. Worth F
Koop, Linda R 102 Dallas F
Krause, Matt R 93 Ft. Worth F
Kuempel, John R 44 Seguin F
Landgraf, Brooks R 81 Odessa F
Larson, Lyle R 122 San Antonio F
Laubenberg, Jodie R 89 Parker F
Leach, Jeff R 67 Plano F
Longoria, Oscar D 35 Mission D+
Lozano, J. M. R 43 Kingsville F
Lucio III, Eddie D 38 Kingsville C
Marquez, Marisa D 77 El Paso C+
Martinez Fischer, Trey D 116 San Antonio A
Martinez, Armando D 39 Weslaco B
McClendon, Ruth Jones D 120 San Antonio C
Metcalf, Will R 16 Conroe F
Meyer, Morgan R 108 Dallas F
Miles, Borris D 146 Houston B
Miller, Doug R 73 New Braunfels F
Miller, Rick R 26 Sugar Land F
Minjarez, Ina D 124 San Antonio B
Moody, Joe D 78 El Paso A+
Morrison, Geanie W. R 30 Victoria F
Munoz, Jr., Sergio D 36 Palmview C
Murphy, Jim R 133 Houston F
Murr, Andrew R 53 Junction F
Naishtat, Elliott D 49 Austin B
Nevarez, Poncho D 74 Eagle Pass A
Oliveira, Rene D 37 Brownsville C
Otto, John R 18 Dayton F
Paddie, Chris R 9 Marshall F
Parker, Tan R 63 Flower Mound F
Paul, Dennis R 129 Houston F
Pena, Gilbert R 144 Pasadena F
Phelan, Dade R 21 Beaumont F
Phillips, Larry R 62 Sherman D
Pickett, Joe D 79 El Paso C
Price, Four R 87 Amarillo F
Raney, John R 14 College Station F
Raymond, Richard D 42 Laredo D+
Reynolds, Ron D 27 Missouri City D+
Riddle, Debbie R 150 Tomball F
Rinaldi, Matt R 115 Irving F
Rodriguez, Eddie D 51 Austin B
Rodriguez, Justin D 125 San Antonio A
Romero, Jr., Ramon D 90 Ft. Worth C
Rose, Toni D 110 Dallas B+
Sanford, Scott R 70 McKinney F
Schaefer, Matt R 6 Tyler F
Schofield, Mike R 132 Katy F
Schubert, Leighton R 13 Caldwell F
Shaheen, Matt R 66 Plano F
Sheets, Kenneth R 107 Dallas F
Sheffield, J. D. R 59 Gatesville D
Simmons, Ron R 65 Carrollton F
Simpson, David R 7 Longview D
Smith, Wayne R 128 Baytown F
Smithee, John R 86 Amarillo F
Spitzer, Stuart R 4 Kaufman F
Springer, Drew R 68 Muenster F
Stephenson, Phil R 85 Wharton F
Stickland, Jonathan R 92 Bedford F
Straus, Joe R 121 San Antonio C
Thompson, Ed R 29 Pearland F
Thompson, Senfronia D 141 Houston C
Tinderholt, Tony R 94 Arlington F
Turner, Chris D 101 Grand Prairie A
Turner, Scott R 33 Frisco F
Turner, Sylvester D 139 Houston A
VanDeaver, Gary R 1 New Boston B
Villalba, Jason R 114 Dallas F
Vo, Hubert D 149 Houston C
Walle, Armando D 140 Houston A
White, James R 19 Woodville F
White, Molly R 55 Belton F
Workman, Paul R 47 Austin F
Wray, John R 10 Waxahachie F
Wu, Gene D 137 Houston B
Zedler, Bill R 96 Arlington F
Zerwas, John R 28 Richmond F

 

 Sorted by Party

House Member   Party Dist# City Grade
Allen, Alma D 131 Houston A
Alonzo, Roberto D 104 Dallas D
Alvarado, Carol D 145 Houston C
Anchia, Rafael D 103 Dallas B+
Bernal, Diego D 123 San Antonio A+
Blanco, Cesar D 76 El Paso A
Canales, Terry D 40 Edinburg B
Coleman, Garnet D 147 Houston A
Collier, Nicole D 95 Ft. Worth A
Davis, Yvonne D 111 Dallas A
Deshotel, Joe D 22 Beaumont D+
Dukes, Dawnna D 46 Austin D+
Dutton, Jr., Harold D 142 Houston F
Farias, Joe D 118 San Antonio A
Farrar, Jessica D 148 Houston C+
Giddings, Helen D 109 DeSoto B
Gonzalez, Mary D 75 Clint A+
Guerra, Robert D 41 Mission D
Guillen, Ryan D 31 Rio Grande City C+
Gutierrez, Roland D 119 San Antonio B+
Hernandez, Ana D 143 Houston C
Herrero, Abel D 34 Robstown B+
Howard, Donna D 48 Austin A+
Israel, Celia D 50 Austin A+
Johnson, Eric D 100 Dallas C
King, Tracy D 80 Batesville D
Longoria, Oscar D 35 Mission D+
Lucio III, Eddie D 38 Kingsville C
Marquez, Marisa D 77 El Paso C+
Martinez, Armando D 39 Weslaco B
Martinez Fischer, Trey D 116 San Antonio A
McClendon, Ruth Jones D 120 San Antonio C
Miles, Borris D 146 Houston B
Minjarez, Ina D 124 San Antonio B
Moody, Joe D 78 El Paso A+
Munoz, Jr., Sergio D 36 Palmview C
Naishtat, Elliott D 49 Austin B
Nevarez, Poncho D 74 Eagle Pass A
Oliveira, Rene D 37 Brownsville C
Pickett, Joe D 79 El Paso C
Raymond, Richard D 42 Laredo D+
Reynolds, Ron D 27 Missouri City D+
Rodriguez, Eddie D 51 Austin B
Rodriguez, Justin D 125 San Antonio A
Romero, Jr., Ramon D 90 Ft. Worth C
Rose, Toni D 110 Dallas B+
Thompson, Senfronia D 141 Houston C
Turner, Chris D 101 Grand Prairie A
Turner, Sylvester D 139 Houston A
Vo, Hubert D 149 Houston C
Walle, Armando D 140 Houston A
Wu, Gene D 137 Houston B
Anderson, Charles “Doc” R 56 Waco F
Anderson, Rodney R 105 Grand Prairie F
Ashby, Trent R 57 Lufkin F
Aycock, Jimmie Don R 54 Killeen C
Bell, Jr., Cecil R 3 Magnolia F
Bohac, Dwayne R 138 Houston F-
Bonnen, Dennis R 25 Houston F
Bonnen, Greg R 24 Angleton F
Burkett, Cindy R 113 Sunnyvale F
Burns, DeWayne R 58 Cleburne F
Burrows, Dustin R 83 Lubbock F
Button, Angie Chen R 112 Richardson F
Capriglione, Giovanni R 98 Southlake F
Clardy, Travis R 11 Nacogdoches F
Cook, Byron R 8 Corsicana F
Craddick, Tom R 82 Midland F
Crownover, Myra R 64 Denton F
Cyrier, John R 17 Lockhart F
Dale, Tony R 136 Cedar Park F
Darby, Drew R 72 San Angelo D
Davis, Sarah R 134 West University F
Elkins, Gary R 135 Houston F
Faircloth, Wayne R 23 Galveston F
Fallon, Pat R 106 Frisco F
Farney, Marsha R 20 Georgetown F
Fletcher, Allen R 130 Cypress F
Flynn, Dan R 2 Canton F
Frank, James R 69 Wichita Falls F
Frullo, John R 84 Lubbock F
Galindo, Rick R 117 San Antonio D
Geren, Charlie R 99 Ft. Worth F
Goldman, Craig R 97 Ft. Worth F
Gonzales, Larry R 52 Round Rock F
Harless, Patricia R 126 Spring D
Huberty, Dan R 127 Houston F
Hughes, Bryan R 5 Mineola F
Hunter, Todd R 32 Corpus Christi F
Isaac, Jason R 45 Dripping Springs F
Kacal, Kyle R 12 College Station D
Keffer, James R 60 Eastland F
Keough, Mark R 15 The Woodlands F
King, Ken R 88 Canadian F
King, Phil R 61 Weatherford F
King, Susan R 71 Abilene F
Klick. Stephanie R 91 Ft. Worth F
Koop, Linda R 102 Dallas F
Krause, Matt R 93 Ft. Worth F
Kuempel, John R 44 Seguin F
Landgraf, Brooks R 81 Odessa F
Larson, Lyle R 122 San Antonio F
Laubenberg, Jodie R 89 Parker F
Leach, Jeff R 67 Plano F
Lozano, J. M. R 43 Kingsville F
Metcalf, Will R 16 Conroe F
Meyer, Morgan R 108 Dallas F
Miller, Doug R 73 New Braunfels F
Miller, Rick R 26 Sugar Land F
Morrison, Geanie W. R 30 Victoria F
Murphy, Jim R 133 Houston F
Murr, Andrew R 53 Junction F
Otto, John R 18 Dayton F
Paddie, Chris R 9 Marshall F
Parker, Tan R 63 Flower Mound F
Paul, Dennis R 129 Houston F
Pena, Gilbert R 144 Pasadena F
Phelan, Dade R 21 Beaumont F
Phillips, Larry R 62 Sherman D
Price, Four R 87 Amarillo F
Raney, John R 14 College Station F
Riddle, Debbie R 150 Tomball F
Rinaldi, Matt R 115 Irving F
Sanford, Scott R 70 McKinney F
Schaefer, Matt R 6 Tyler F
Schofield, Mike R 132 Katy F
Schubert, Leighton R 13 Caldwell F
Shaheen, Matt R 66 Plano F
Sheets, Kenneth R 107 Dallas F
Sheffield, J. D. R 59 Gatesville D
Simmons, Ron R 65 Carrollton F
Simpson, David R 7 Longview D
Smith, Wayne R 128 Baytown F
Smithee, John R 86 Amarillo F
Spitzer, Stuart R 4 Kaufman F
Springer, Drew R 68 Muenster F
Stephenson, Phil R 85 Wharton F
Stickland, Jonathan R 92 Bedford F
Straus, Joe R 121 San Antonio C
Thompson, Ed R 29 Pearland F
Tinderholt, Tony R 94 Arlington F
Turner, Scott R 33 Frisco F
VanDeaver, Gary R 1 New Boston B
Villalba, Jason R 114 Dallas F
White, James R 19 Woodville F
White, Molly R 55 Belton F
Workman, Paul R 47 Austin F
Wray, John R 10 Waxahachie F
Zedler, Bill R 96 Arlington F
Zerwas, John R 28 Richmond F

 Sorted by District #

House Member   Party Dist# City Grade
VanDeaver, Gary R 1 New Boston B
Flynn, Dan R 2 Canton F
Bell, Jr., Cecil R 3 Magnolia F
Spitzer, Stuart R 4 Kaufman F
Hughes, Bryan R 5 Mineola F
Schaefer, Matt R 6 Tyler F
Simpson, David R 7 Longview D
Cook, Byron R 8 Corsicana F
Paddie, Chris R 9 Marshall F
Wray, John R 10 Waxahachie F
Clardy, Travis R 11 Nacogdoches F
Kacal, Kyle R 12 College Station D
Schubert, Leighton R 13 Caldwell F
Raney, John R 14 College Station F
Keough, Mark R 15 The Woodlands F
Metcalf, Will R 16 Conroe F
Cyrier, John R 17 Lockhart F
Otto, John R 18 Dayton F
White, James R 19 Woodville F
Farney, Marsha R 20 Georgetown F
Phelan, Dade R 21 Beaumont F
Deshotel, Joe D 22 Beaumont D+
Faircloth, Wayne R 23 Galveston F
Bonnen, Greg R 24 Angleton F
Bonnen, Dennis R 25 Houston F
Miller, Rick R 26 Sugar Land F
Reynolds, Ron D 27 Missouri City D+
Zerwas, John R 28 Richmond F
Thompson, Ed R 29 Pearland F
Morrison, Geanie W. R 30 Victoria F
Guillen, Ryan D 31 Rio Grande City C+
Hunter, Todd R 32 Corpus Christi F
Turner, Scott R 33 Frisco F
Herrero, Abel D 34 Robstown B+
Longoria, Oscar D 35 Mission D+
Munoz, Jr., Sergio D 36 Palmview C
Oliveira, Rene D 37 Brownsville C
Lucio III, Eddie D 38 Kingsville C
Martinez, Armando D 39 Weslaco B
Canales, Terry D 40 Edinburg B
Guerra, Robert D 41 Mission D
Raymond, Richard D 42 Laredo D+
Lozano, J. M. R 43 Kingsville F
Kuempel, John R 44 Seguin F
Isaac, Jason R 45 Dripping Springs F
Dukes, Dawnna D 46 Austin D+
Workman, Paul R 47 Austin F
Howard, Donna D 48 Austin A+
Naishtat, Elliott D 49 Austin B
Israel, Celia D 50 Austin A+
Rodriguez, Eddie D 51 Austin B
Gonzales, Larry R 52 Round Rock F
Murr, Andrew R 53 Junction F
Aycock, Jimmie Don R 54 Killeen C
White, Molly R 55 Belton F
Anderson, Charles “Doc” R 56 Waco F
Ashby, Trent R 57 Lufkin F
Burns, DeWayne R 58 Cleburne F
Sheffield, J. D. R 59 Gatesville D
Keffer, James R 60 Eastland F
King, Phil R 61 Weatherford F
Phillips, Larry R 62 Sherman D
Parker, Tan R 63 Flower Mound F
Crownover, Myra R 64 Denton F
Simmons, Ron R 65 Carrollton F
Shaheen, Matt R 66 Plano F
Leach, Jeff R 67 Plano F
Springer, Drew R 68 Muenster F
Frank, James R 69 Wichita Falls F
Sanford, Scott R 70 McKinney F
King, Susan R 71 Abilene F
Darby, Drew R 72 San Angelo D
Miller, Doug R 73 New Braunfels F
Nevarez, Poncho D 74 Eagle Pass A
Gonzalez, Mary D 75 Clint A+
Blanco, Cesar D 76 El Paso A
Marquez, Marisa D 77 El Paso C+
Moody, Joe D 78 El Paso A+
Pickett, Joe D 79 El Paso C
King, Tracy D 80 Batesville D
Landgraf, Brooks R 81 Odessa F
Craddick, Tom R 82 Midland F
Burrows, Dustin R 83 Lubbock F
Frullo, John R 84 Lubbock F
Stephenson, Phil R 85 Wharton F
Smithee, John R 86 Amarillo F
Price, Four R 87 Amarillo F
King, Ken R 88 Canadian F
Laubenberg, Jodie R 89 Parker F
Romero, Jr., Ramon D 90 Ft. Worth C
Klick. Stephanie R 91 Ft. Worth F
Stickland, Jonathan R 92 Bedford F
Krause, Matt R 93 Ft. Worth F
Tinderholt, Tony R 94 Arlington F
Collier, Nicole D 95 Ft. Worth A
Zedler, Bill R 96 Arlington F
Goldman, Craig R 97 Ft. Worth F
Capriglione, Giovanni R 98 Southlake F
Geren, Charlie R 99 Ft. Worth F
Johnson, Eric D 100 Dallas C
Turner, Chris D 101 Grand Prairie A
Koop, Linda R 102 Dallas F
Anchia, Rafael D 103 Dallas B+
Alonzo, Roberto D 104 Dallas D
Anderson, Rodney R 105 Grand Prairie F
Fallon, Pat R 106 Frisco F
Sheets, Kenneth R 107 Dallas F
Meyer, Morgan R 108 Dallas F
Giddings, Helen D 109 DeSoto B
Rose, Toni D 110 Dallas B+
Davis, Yvonne D 111 Dallas A
Button, Angie Chen R 112 Richardson F
Burkett, Cindy R 113 Sunnyvale F
Villalba, Jason R 114 Dallas F
Rinaldi, Matt R 115 Irving F
Martinez Fischer, Trey D 116 San Antonio A
Galindo, Rick R 117 San Antonio D
Farias, Joe D 118 San Antonio A
Gutierrez, Roland D 119 San Antonio B+
McClendon, Ruth Jones D 120 San Antonio C
Straus, Joe R 121 San Antonio C
Larson, Lyle R 122 San Antonio F
Bernal, Diego D 123 San Antonio A+
Minjarez, Ina D 124 San Antonio B
Rodriguez, Justin D 125 San Antonio A
Harless, Patricia R 126 Spring D
Huberty, Dan R 127 Houston F
Smith, Wayne R 128 Baytown F
Paul, Dennis R 129 Houston F
Fletcher, Allen R 130 Cypress F
Allen, Alma D 131 Houston A
Schofield, Mike R 132 Katy F
Murphy, Jim R 133 Houston F
Davis, Sarah R 134 West University F
Elkins, Gary R 135 Houston F
Dale, Tony R 136 Cedar Park F
Wu, Gene D 137 Houston B
Bohac, Dwayne R 138 Houston F-
Turner, Sylvester D 139 Houston A
Walle, Armando D 140 Houston A
Thompson, Senfronia D 141 Houston C
Dutton, Jr., Harold D 142 Houston F
Hernandez, Ana D 143 Houston C
Pena, Gilbert R 144 Pasadena F
Alvarado, Carol D 145 Houston C
Miles, Borris D 146 Houston B
Coleman, Garnet D 147 Houston A
Farrar, Jessica D 148 Houston C+
Vo, Hubert D 149 Houston C
Riddle, Debbie R 150 Tomball F

 

Sorted by Rank Order and Grade

House Member   Party Dist# City Grade
Gonzalez, Mary D 75 Clint A+
Bernal, Diego D 123 San Antonio A+
Howard, Donna D 48 Austin A+
Moody, Joe D 78 El Paso A+
Israel, Celia D 50 Austin A+
Blanco, Cesar D 76 El Paso A
Collier, Nicole D 95 Ft. Worth A
Rodriguez, Justin D 125 San Antonio A
Martinez Fischer, Trey D 116 San Antonio A
Turner, Chris D 101 Grand Prairie A
Coleman, Garnet D 147 Houston A
Turner, Sylvester D 139 Houston A
Walle, Armando D 140 Houston A
Davis, Yvonne D 111 Dallas A
Allen, Alma D 131 Houston A
Farias, Joe D 118 San Antonio A
Nevarez, Poncho D 74 Eagle Pass A
Herrero, Abel D 34 Robstown B+
Anchia, Rafael D 103 Dallas B+
Gutierrez, Roland D 119 San Antonio B+
Rose, Toni D 110 Dallas B+
Minjarez, Ina D 124 San Antonio B
Rodriguez, Eddie D 51 Austin B
Canales, Terry D 40 Edinburg B
Wu, Gene D 137 Houston B
Giddings, Helen D 109 DeSoto B
Martinez, Armando D 39 Weslaco B
Miles, Borris D 146 Houston B
Naishtat, Elliott D 49 Austin B
VanDeaver, Gary R 1 New Boston B
Farrar, Jessica D 148 Houston C+
Guillen, Ryan D 31 Rio Grande City C+
Marquez, Marisa D 77 El Paso C+
Alvarado, Carol D 145 Houston C
Lucio III, Eddie D 38 Kingsville C
Hernandez, Ana D 143 Houston C
Johnson, Eric D 100 Dallas C
McClendon, Ruth Jones D 120 San Antonio C
Munoz, Jr., Sergio D 36 Palmview C
Romero, Jr., Ramon D 90 Ft. Worth C
Thompson, Senfronia D 141 Houston C
Pickett, Joe D 79 El Paso C
Vo, Hubert D 149 Houston C
Oliveira, Rene D 37 Brownsville C
Aycock, Jimmie Don R 54 Killeen C
Straus, Joe (Speaker) R 121 San Antonio C
Deshotel, Joe D 22 Beaumont D+
Dukes, Dawnna D 46 Austin D+
Longoria, Oscar D 35 Mission D+
Raymond, Richard D 42 Laredo D+
Reynolds, Ron D 27 Missouri City D+
Guerra, Robert D 41 Mission D
Sheffield, J. D. R 59 Gatesville D
Alonzo, Roberto D 104 Dallas D
King, Tracy D 80 Batesville D
Harless, Patricia R 126 Spring D
Darby, Drew R 72 San Angelo D
Simpson, David R 7 Longview D
Galindo, Rick R 117 San Antonio D
Kacal, Kyle R 12 College Station D
Phillips, Larry R 62 Sherman D
Lozano, J. M. R 43 Kingsville F
Paddie, Chris R 9 Marshall F
Raney, John R 14 College Station F
Frank, James R 69 Wichita Falls F
Gonzales, Larry R 52 Round Rock F
Hunter, Todd R 32 Corpus Christi F
Price, Four R 87 Amarillo F
Ashby, Trent R 57 Lufkin F
Faircloth, Wayne R 23 Galveston F
King, Susan R 71 Abilene F
White, James R 19 Woodville F
Bell, Jr., Cecil R 3 Magnolia F
Crownover, Myra R 64 Denton F
Davis, Sarah R 134 West University F
Dutton, Jr., Harold D 142 Houston F
Frullo, John R 84 Lubbock F
Anderson, Charles “Doc” R 56 Waco F
Huberty, Dan R 127 Houston F
Keffer, James R 60 Eastland F
Miller, Doug R 73 New Braunfels F
Pena, Gilbert R 144 Pasadena F
Burns, DeWayne R 58 Cleburne F
Isaac, Jason R 45 Dripping Springs F
King, Ken R 88 Canadian F
Kuempel, John R 44 Seguin F
Smith, Wayne R 128 Baytown F
Smithee, John R 86 Amarillo F
Cook, Byron R 8 Corsicana F
Farney, Marsha R 20 Georgetown F
Klick. Stephanie R 91 Ft. Worth F
Koop, Linda R 102 Dallas F
Schubert, Leighton R 13 Caldwell F
Zerwas, John R 28 Richmond F
Cyrier, John R 17 Lockhart F
Morrison, Geanie W. R 30 Victoria F
Otto, John R 18 Dayton F
Phelan, Dade R 21 Beaumont F
White, Molly R 55 Belton F
Larson, Lyle R 122 San Antonio F
Geren, Charlie R 99 Ft. Worth F
Hughes, Bryan R 5 Mineola F
Thompson, Ed R 29 Pearland F
Burkett, Cindy R 113 Sunnyvale F
Spitzer, Stuart R 4 Kaufman F
Bonnen, Dennis R 25 Houston F
Burrows, Dustin R 83 Lubbock F
Landgraf, Brooks R 81 Odessa F
Metcalf, Will R 16 Conroe F
Sheets, Kenneth R 107 Dallas F
Stickland, Jonathan R 92 Bedford F
Wray, John R 10 Waxahachie F
Clardy, Travis R 11 Nacogdoches F
Craddick, Tom R 82 Midland F
Stephenson, Phil R 85 Wharton F
Fletcher, Allen R 130 Cypress F
King, Phil R 61 Weatherford F
Workman, Paul R 47 Austin F
Anderson, Rodney R 105 Grand Prairie F
Dale, Tony R 136 Cedar Park F
Murr, Andrew R 53 Junction F
Paul, Dennis R 129 Houston F
Schofield, Mike R 132 Katy F
Riddle, Debbie R 150 Tomball F
Villalba, Jason R 114 Dallas F
Elkins, Gary R 135 Houston F
Meyer, Morgan R 108 Dallas F
Turner, Scott R 33 Frisco F
Button, Angie Chen R 112 Richardson F
Krause, Matt R 93 Ft. Worth F
Shaheen, Matt R 66 Plano F
Sanford, Scott R 70 McKinney F
Schaefer, Matt R 6 Tyler F
Capriglione, Giovanni R 98 Southlake F
Laubenberg, Jodie R 89 Parker F
Parker, Tan R 63 Flower Mound F
Fallon, Pat R 106 Frisco F
Simmons, Ron R 65 Carrollton F
Tinderholt, Tony R 94 Arlington F
Bonnen, Greg R 24 Angleton F
Zedler, Bill R 96 Arlington F
Flynn, Dan R 2 Canton F
Goldman, Craig R 97 Ft. Worth F
Miller, Rick R 26 Sugar Land F
Keough, Mark R 15 The Woodlands F
Rinaldi, Matt R 115 Irving F
Murphy, Jim R 133 Houston F
Springer, Drew R 68 Muenster F
Leach, Jeff R 67 Plano F
Bohac, Dwayne R 138 Houston F-

 

Legislator’ Report Card: Texas 84th Senate

 

Sorted by Alpha

Senate Member Party Dist# City Grade
Bettencourt, Paul R 7 Houston F-
Birdwell, Brian R 22 Granbury F-
Burton, Konni R 10 Colleyville F-
Campbell, Donna R 25 New Braunfels F-
Creighton, Brandon R 4 Conroe F-
Ellis, Rodney D 13 Houston B+
Eltife, Kevin R 1 Tyler F
Estes, Craig R 30 Wichita Falls F-
Fraser, Troy R 24 Horseshoe Bay F-
Garcia, Sylvia D 6 Houston A
Hall, Bob R 2 Edgewood F-
Hancock, Kelly R 9 N. Richland Hills F-
Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” D 20 McAllen D
Huffines, Donald R 16 Dallas F-
Huffman, Joan R 17 Houston F-
Kolkhorst, Lois R 18 Brenham F-
Lucio, Jr., Eddie D 27 Brownsville D
Menendez, Jose D 26 San Antonio A
Nelson, Jane R 12 Flower Mound F-
Nichols, Robert R 3 Jacksonville F
Patrick, Dan, Lt. Gov. R 0 Houston F
Perry, Charles R 28 Lubbock F-
Rodriguez, Jose D 29 El Paso A+
Schwertner, Charles R 5 Georgetown F-
Seliger, Kel R 31 Amarillo D
Taylor, Larry R 11 Friendswood F-
Taylor, Van R 8 Plano F-
Uresti, Carlos D 19 San Antonio C
Watson, Kirk D 14 Austin A+
West, Royce D 23 Dallas C
Whitmire, John D 15 Houston B
Zaffirini, Judith D 21 Laredo B+

 

Sorted by Party

Senate Member Party Dist# City Grade
Garcia, Sylvia D 6 Houston A
Ellis, Rodney D 13 Houston B+
Watson, Kirk D 14 Austin A+
Whitmire, John D 15 Houston B
Uresti, Carlos D 19 San Antonio C
Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” D 20 McAllen D
Zaffirini, Judith D 21 Laredo B+
West, Royce D 23 Dallas C
Menendez, Jose D 26 San Antonio A
Lucio, Jr., Eddie D 27 Brownsville D
Rodriguez, Jose D 29 El Paso A+
Patrick, Dan, Lt. Gov. R 0 Houston F
Eltife, Kevin R 1 Tyler F
Hall, Bob R 2 Edgewood F-
Nichols, Robert R 3 Jacksonville F
Creighton, Brandon R 4 Conroe F-
Schwertner, Charles R 5 Georgetown F-
Bettencourt, Paul R 7 Houston F-
Taylor, Van R 8 Plano F-
Hancock, Kelly R 9 N. Richland Hills F-
Burton, Konni R 10 Colleyville F-
Taylor, Larry R 11 Friendswood F-
Nelson, Jane R 12 Flower Mound F-
Huffines, Donald R 16 Dallas F-
Huffman, Joan R 17 Houston F-
Kolkhorst, Lois R 18 Brenham F-
Birdwell, Brian R 22 Granbury F-
Fraser, Troy R 24 Horseshoe Bay F-
Campbell, Donna R 25 New Braunfels F-
Perry, Charles R 28 Lubbock F-
Estes, Craig R 30 Wichita Falls F-
Seliger, Kel R 31 Amarillo D

 

Sorted by District #

Senate Member Party Dist# City Grade
Patrick, Dan, Lt. Gov. R 0 Houston F
Eltife, Kevin R 1 Tyler F
Hall, Bob R 2 Edgewood F-
Nichols, Robert R 3 Jacksonville F
Creighton, Brandon R 4 Conroe F-
Schwertner, Charles R 5 Georgetown F-
Garcia, Sylvia D 6 Houston A
Bettencourt, Paul R 7 Houston F-
Taylor, Van R 8 Plano F-
Hancock, Kelly R 9 N. Richland Hills F-
Burton, Konni R 10 Colleyville F-
Taylor, Larry R 11 Friendswood F-
Nelson, Jane R 12 Flower Mound F-
Ellis, Rodney D 13 Houston B+
Watson, Kirk D 14 Austin A+
Whitmire, John D 15 Houston B
Huffines, Donald R 16 Dallas F-
Huffman, Joan R 17 Houston F-
Kolkhorst, Lois R 18 Brenham F-
Uresti, Carlos D 19 San Antonio C
Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” D 20 McAllen D
Zaffirini, Judith D 21 Laredo B+
Birdwell, Brian R 22 Granbury F-
West, Royce D 23 Dallas C
Fraser, Troy R 24 Horseshoe Bay F-
Campbell, Donna R 25 New Braunfels F-
Menendez, Jose D 26 San Antonio A
Lucio, Jr., Eddie D 27 Brownsville D
Perry, Charles R 28 Lubbock F-
Rodriguez, Jose D 29 El Paso A+
Estes, Craig R 30 Wichita Falls F-
Seliger, Kel R 31 Amarillo D

 Sorted by Rank Order and Grade

Senate Member Party Dist# City Grade
Rodriguez, Jose D 29 El Paso A+
Watson, Kirk D 14 Austin A+
Garcia, Sylvia D 6 Houston A
Menendez, Jose D 26 San Antonio A
Ellis, Rodney D 13 Houston B+
Zaffirini, Judith D 21 Laredo B+
Whitmire, John D 15 Houston B
Uresti, Carlos D 19 San Antonio C
West, Royce D 23 Dallas C
Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” D 20 McAllen D
Seliger, Kel R 31 Amarillo D
Lucio, Jr., Eddie D 27 Brownsville D
Nichols, Robert R 3 Jacksonville F
Eltife, Kevin R 1 Tyler F
Estes, Craig R 30 Wichita Falls F-
Fraser, Troy R 24 Horseshoe Bay F-
Hall, Bob R 2 Edgewood F-
Huffman, Joan R 17 Houston F-
Perry, Charles R 28 Lubbock F-
Kolkhorst, Lois R 18 Brenham F-
Birdwell, Brian R 22 Granbury F-
Burton, Konni R 10 Colleyville F-
Creighton, Brandon R 4 Conroe F-
Schwertner, Charles R 5 Georgetown F-
Bettencourt, Paul R 7 Houston F-
Taylor, Van R 8 Plano F-
Hancock, Kelly R 9 N. Richland Hills F-
Taylor, Larry R 11 Friendswood F-
Nelson, Jane R 12 Flower Mound F-
Huffines, Donald R 16 Dallas F-
Campbell, Donna R 25 New Braunfels F-
Patrick, Dan R Lt.Gov. Houston F-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2014, Our First Bi-Annual Report Card for Texas Legislators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact

Bonnie Lesley                                                          Linda Ethridge

254-855-0594                                                          254-709-2912

texaskidscantwait@gmail.com

http://www.texaskidscantwait.org

http://www.facebook.com/texaskidscantwait

 

When Texas Kids Can’t Wait, a statewide bi-partisan advocacy organization, formed almost two years ago, members were motivated by their belief and understanding that citizenship is not a spectator sport, that when good citizens see a problem, they must shine a light on it and encourage others to join with them for change.    

 One important strategy to shine the light is the release of their first bi-annual Legislative Report Card, according to co-founders Bonnie Lesley and Linda Ethridge.  “We looked around,” said Ethridge, “and we didn’t see any other pro-public education group informing the public about how their elected representatives in Austin were voting on issues relating to public education.  So we decided to do so by creating a Legislative Report Card.”

 Texas Kids Can’t Wait did not themselves do the research and write the report, explained Lesley.  Instead, they met with a team of researchers led by Dr. Randy Hendricks at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and asked them to do so. [See the attached copy of the report.]

 The voting records of every state representative and senator on the 22 bills either specifically supported or opposed by Texas Kids Can’t Wait were examined, said Ethridge.  “These bills were related to one or more of our  goals,” she said.  “We are advocates for adequate and equitable funding for public schools and for significant reduction of the focus on assessment and accountability as substitutes for authentic teaching and learning.”  She added that the group also strongly opposes any form of school privatization.  

 Several school privatization bills were proposed in the 83rd session, noted Lesley.  Among them, she said, were “bills promoting expansion of charter schools and online courses or schools; vouchers and so-called taxpayer savings grants; parent triggers that are simply a back-door to turning over schools and property to private management; and establishment of a statewide school district of so-called low-performing schools that is controlled by TEA instead of elected officials.”  

 “Using the data in Dr. Hendricks’s report, Texas Kids Can’t Wait established descriptors of legislator performance that mirror the language adopted by the legislature in evaluating schools,” said Lesley.  “Based on their records, we classified them as either ‘Exemplary,’ ‘Recognized,’ ‘Acceptable,’ or ‘Unacceptable.’”  These performance labels are the same ones prescribed by the legislature in evaluating schools, she explained.  “It should be noted,” she said, “ that “Acceptable” definitely means “Needs Improvement.”

 Ethridge agreed that the standards this first year for achieving the “Acceptable” designation were “truly minimal.”  Just as the legislature imposes higher academic standards for schools each year, she said, “we will considerably raise our expectations in our report on the 2015 session and each session thereafter.  We will expect more for each level of the rating system.”

 “Texas Kids Can’t Wait wishes to extend, on behalf of public school students for whom we advocate, our warmest congratulations and appreciation to all those legislators who rated Exemplary, Recognized, and Acceptable in this year’s Report Card,” said Lesley.  “We encourage those at the Acceptable level to sponsor good bills and vote in ways that will enable them to move up next year,” she said.  “There is a lot of room for improvement,” she added. 

 Highlights of the Texas Kids Can’t Wait ratings follow.

 The members of the House of Representatives are rated as follows:

 Exemplary  (7 of 150 or 5%)

            Nicole Collier, representing Tarrant County

            Joe Farias, representing Bexar County

            Sergio Munoz, Jr., representing Hidalgo County

            Abel Herrero, representing Nueces County

            Trey Martinez Fischer, representing Bexar County

            Jim Pitts, representing Ellis and Henderson Counties

            Ron Reynolds, representing Fort Bend County

 Recognized (35 of 150 or 23%)

Joe Straus, Speaker of the House, District 121,representing Bexar Co.

Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of the House Education Committee,

            District 54, representing Lampasas and Bell Counties

Alma Allen, District 131, representing Harris County

Terry Canales, District 40, representing Hidalgo County

Philip Cortez, District 117, representing Bexar County

Dan Huberty, District 127, representing Harris County

Oscar Longoria, District 35, representing Cameron and Hidalgo

Counties

Ruth Jones McClendon, District 120, representing Bexar County

Joe Moody, District 78, representing El Paso County

Diane Patrick, District 94, representing Tarrant County

Four Price, District 87, representing Sherman, Moore, Potter, Carson,

            And Hutchinson Counties

Eddie Rodriguez, District 51, representing Travis County

Justin Rodriguez, District 125, representing Bexar County

Hubert Vo, District 149, representing Harris County

Roberto Alonzo, District 104, representing Dallas County

Trent Ashby, District 57, representing Angelina, Houston, Leon,

               Madison, San Augustine, and Trinity Counties

 Lon Burnham, District 90, representing Tarrant Count

 Bill Callegari, District 132, representing Harris County

  Dawnna Dukes, District 46, representing Travis County

  Jessica Farrar, District 148, representing Harris County

   Helen Giddings, District 109, representing Dallas County

    Mary Gonzalez, District 75, representing El Paso County

    Roland Gutierrez, District 119, representing Bexar County

   Donna Howard, District 48, representing Travis County

   Armando Martinez, District 39, representing Hidalgo County

    Borris Miles, District 146, representing Harris County

    Poncho Nevarez, District 74, representing Brewster, Culberson,

                        Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio,

                        Reeves, Terrell, and Val Verde Counties

  Rene Oliveira, District 37, representing Cameron County

   Mary Ann Perez, District 144, representing Harris County

   Larry Phillips, District 62, representing Delta, Fannin, and Grayson

                  Counties

   Toni Rose, District 110, representing Dallas County

    J. D. Sheffield, District 59, representing Erath, Comanche, McCullouch,

                        Mills, Hamilton, Coryell, San Saba, and Somervell Counties

    Senfronia Thompson, District 141, representing Harris County

    Sylvester Turner, District 129, representing Harris County

   Armando Walle, District 140, representing Harris County

 Acceptable

Fifty-seven of the House members (38%) met the “Acceptable” standard. {See attached report for complete list.}

 Unacceptable

A very disappointing 51 members (34%) of the House of Representatives received “Unacceptable” ratings.   {See attached report for the complete list.}  Among those with the lowest scores were the following in descending order:

             Brandon Creighton, representing Montgomery County

            Bryan Hughes, representing Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, and

                        Wood Counties

            Matt Krause, representing Tarrant County

            Jodie Laubenberg, representing Collin County

            Scott Sanford, representing Collin County

            Matt Schaefer, representing Smith County

            Bill Zedler, representing Tarrant County

            Eddie Lucio III, representing Cameron County

            Jonathan Strickland, representing Tarrant County

            Giovanni Capriglione, representing Tarrant County

            Jason Isaac, representing Blanco and Hays County

            Scott Turner, representing Collin and Rockwall Counties

            Ron Simmons, representing Denton County

            Steve Toth, representing Montgomery County

 

The members of the Texas Senate were rated as follows:

             Exemplary (2 of 31 or 1%)

            Jose Rodriguez, representing El Paso, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis,

                        and Presidio Counties

            Sylvia Garcia, representing Harris County

           

Recognized  (9 of 31 or 30%)

Bob Deuell, representing Dallas, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt,

            Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall, Smith, and Van Zandt Counties

Robert Nichols, representing Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee,

            Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery,

            Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine,

            San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Counties

Carlos Uresti, representing Atacosa, Bexar, Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit,

            Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves,

            Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala Counties

            Kirk Watson, representing Bastrop and Travis Counties

            Tommy Williams, representing Chambers, Galveston, Harris,

                        Jefferson, and Montgomery Counties

Kirk Watson, representing Bastrop and Travis Counties

Wendy Davis, representing Tarrant County

Rodney Ellis, representing Fort Bend and Harris Counties

Kel Seliger, representing Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe,

            Carson, Castro, Cochran, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith,

            Donley, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley,

            Hemphill, Howard, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Loving, Martin,

            Midland, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall,

            Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler, Winkler, and Yoakum

            Counties

Tommy Williams, representing Chambers, Galveston, Harris,

            Jefferson, and Montgomery Counties

Judith Zaffirini, representing Atacosa, Bee, Bexar, Caldwell, Duval,

            Guadalupe, Hays, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen,

 San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Webb, Wilson, and Zapata Counties

 Acceptable

Thirteen Senators  (42%) met the “Acceptable” standard.  {See attached report for the complete list.}

  Unacceptable

Seven of the 31 Texas Senators (23%) were “Unacceptable.”  They are, in descending order, as follows:

             Brian Birdwell, representing Bosque, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood,

                        Johnson, McLennan, Navarro, Somervall, and Tarrant

                        Counties

            Larry Taylor, representing Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties

            Royce West, representing Dallas County

            Glenn Hegar, representing Aransas, Austin, Burleson, Calhoun,

                        Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales,

                        Harris, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio,

                        Victoria, Waller, Washington, and Wharton Counties

            Ken Paxton, representing Collin and Dallas Counties

            Donna Campbell, representing Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays,

                        Kendall, and Travis Counties

           Dan Patrick, chair of the Senate education committee, representing

                       Harris County.

 Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, also earned an “Unacceptable” rating, given his appointment of Sen. Dan Patrick to chair the Senate education committee and the ways in which he used his leadership role to promote privatization bills on the floor.  Sen. Patrick received the lowest rating of any legislator in either house.

 “It is our hope,” said Lesley, “that Texas citizens will review our report and use the information in evaluating candidates for state representatives and senators in both the primaries in March and the general election in November.”

 “What we saw in all these bills,” said Lesley, “was a strong attack by about one-third of the legislators in the House and about one-fourth of the Senate on the vast majority of Texas’s five million public school students, on local control, on local school boards and educators, and on the whole concept of the common good.”  She added that “Some privatization advocates like to call it ‘school choice,’ but what it amounts to, if enacted, is no choice at all for children from low- and moderate-income families who simply will not have access to good schools.”

 “Without public schools, there is no future for children or for Texas or for America.  We have to understand that education is not a cost without benefits to us all.  It is an investment in the future of America,” concluded Lesley.

 [The rating for each legislator can be found on the attached report, including a list of the counties that each one serves.]

House of Representatives–Legislative Report Card

Name            Dist# Rating Counties Represented
Collier, Nicole 95 Exemplary Tarrant
Farias, Joe 118 Exemplary Bexar
Munoz, Jr., Sergio 36 Exemplary Hidalgo
Herrero, Abel 34 Exemplary Nueces
Martinez Fischer, Trey 116 Exemplary Bexar
Pitts, Jim 10 Exemplary Ellis, Henderson
Reynolds, Ron 27 Exemplary Fort Bend
Aycock, Jimmie Don 54 Recognized* Lampasas, Bell
Straus, Joe 121 Recognized* Bexar
Allen, Alma A. 131 Recognized Harris
Canales, Terry 40 Recognized Hidalgo
Cortez, Philip 117 Recognized Bexar
Huberty, Dan 127 Recognized Harris
Longoria, Oscar 35 Recognized Cameron, Hidalgo
McClendon, Ruth Jones 120 Recognized Bexar
Moody, Joe 78 Recognized El Paso
Patrick, Diane 94 Recognized Tarrant
Price, Four 87 Recognized Sherman, Moore, Potter, Carson, Hutchinson
Rodriguez, Eddie 51 Recognized Travis
Rodriguez, Justin 125 Recognized Bexar
Vo, Hubert 149 Recognized Harris
Alonzo, Roberto 104 Recognized Dallas
Ashby, Trent 57 Recognized Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine, Trinity
Burnam, Lon 90 Recognized Tarrant
Callegari, Bill 132 Recognized Harris
Dukes, Dawnna 46 Recognized Travis
Farrar, Jessica 148 Recognized Harris
Giddings, Helen 109 Recognized Dallas
Gonzalez, Mary 75 Recognized El Paso
Gutierrez, Roland 119 Recognized Bexar
Howard, Donna 48 Recognized Travis
Martinez, Armando 39 Recognized Hidalgo
Miles, Borris 146 Recognized Harris
Nevarez, Poncho 74 Recognized Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Val Verde
Oliveira, Rene 37 Recognized Cameron
Perez, Mary Ann 144 Recognized Harris
Phillips, Larry 62 Recognized Delta, Fannin, Grayson
Rose, Toni 110 Recognized Dallas
Sheffield, J. D. 59 Recognized Erath, Comanche, McCullouch, Mills, Hamilton, Coryell, San Saba, Somervell
Thompson, Senfronia 141 Recognized Harris
Turner, Sylvester 129 Recognized Harris
Walle, Armando 140 Recognized Harris
Alvarado, Carol 145 Acceptable Harris
Bonnen, Dennis 25 Acceptable Brazoria, Matagorda
Cook, Byron 8 Acceptable Anderson, Freestone, Hill, Navarro
Darby, Drew 72 Acceptable Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Reagan, Runnels, Sterling, Tom Green
Farney, Marsha 20 Acceptable Burnet, Milam, Williamson
Guerra, Bobby 41 Acceptable Hidalgo
Kacal, Kyle 12 Acceptable Brazos, Falls, Limestone, McLennan, Robertson
King, Ken 88 Acceptable Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Donley, Gray, Hale, Hansford, Hemphill, Hockley, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts, Swisher, Yoakum
Lozano, J. M. 43 Acceptable Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, San Patricio
Menendez, Jose 124 Acceptable Bexar
Otto, John 18 Acceptable Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker
Paddie, Chris 9 Acceptable Shelby, Sabine, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola
Perry, Charles 83 Acceptable Borden, Gaines, Lubbock, Lynn, Mitchell, Scurry, Terry
Ratliff, Bennett 115 Acceptable Dallas
Raymond, Richard 42 Acceptable Webb
Sheffield, Ralph 55 Acceptable Bell
Stephenson, Phil 85 Acceptable Fort Bend, Jackson, Wharton
Turner, Chris 101 Acceptable Tarrant
Villalba, Jason 114 Acceptable Dallas
White, James 19 Acceptable Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Tyler
Wu, Gene 137 Acceptable Harris
Zerwas, John 28 Acceptable Fort Bend
Anderson, Charles 56 Acceptable McLennan
Coleman, Garnet 147 Acceptable Harris
Crownover, Myra 64 Acceptable Denton
Davis, Sarah 124 Acceptable Harris
Davis, Yvonne 111 Acceptable Dallas
Deshotel, Joe 22 Acceptable Jefferson
Eiland, Craig 23 Acceptable Chambers, Galveston
Frullo, John 84 Acceptable Lubbock
Geren, Charlie 99 Acceptable Tarrant
Gonzalez, Naomi 76 Acceptable El Paso
Harless, Patricia 126 Acceptable Harris
Hernandez, Ana 143 Acceptable Harris
Hunter, Todd 32 Acceptable Nueces
Johnson, Eric 100 Acceptable Dallas
King, Tracy 80 Acceptable Dimmit, Frio, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata, Zavala
Kuempel, John 44 Acceptable Guadalupe, Wilson
Lewis, Tryon 81 Acceptable Andrews, Winkler, Ector, Ward
Marquez, Marisa 77 Acceptable El Paso
Naishtat, Elliott 49 Acceptable Travis
Orr, Rob 58 Acceptable Bosque, Johnson
Pickett, Joe 79 Acceptable El Paso
Raney, John 14 Acceptable Brazos
Smith, Wayne 128 Acceptable Harris
Strama, Mark 50 Acceptable Travis
Villarreal, Mike 123 Acceptable Bexar
Dutton, Jr., Harold 142 Acceptable Harris
Gonzales, Larry 52 Acceptable Williamson
Guillen, Ryan 31 Acceptable Atacosa, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, LaSalle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Willacy
Keffer, James 60 Acceptable Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Shackelford, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Hood
King, Susan 71 Acceptable Jones, Nolan, Taylor
Kleinschmidt, Tim 17 Acceptable Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, Lee
Larson, Lyle 122 Acceptable Bexar
Miller, Doug 73 Acceptable Gillespie, Kendall, Comal
Murphy, Jim 133 Acceptable Harris
Workman, Paul 47 Acceptable Travis
Anchia, Rafael 103 Unacceptable Dallas
Bell, Cecil 3 Unacceptable Montgomery, Waller
Bohac, Dwayne 138 Unacceptable Harris
Burkett, Cindy 113 Unacceptable Dallas
Button, Angie Chen 112 Unacceptable Dallas
Clardy, Travis 11 Unacceptable Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Rusk
Craddick, Tom 82 Unacceptable Crane, Upton, Midland, Martin, Dawson
Elkins, Gary 135 Unacceptable Harris
Flynn, Dan 2 Unacceptable Hopkins, Hunt, Van Zandt
Gooden, Lance 4 Unacceptable Henderson, Kaufman
Harper-Brown, Linda 105 Unacceptable Dallas
Lavender, George 1 Unacceptable Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, Red River
Riddle, Debbie 150 Unacceptable Harris
Sheets, Kenneth 107 Unacceptable Dallas
Bonnen, Greg 24 Unacceptable Galveston
Dale, Tony 136 Unacceptable Williamson
Davis, John E. 129 Unacceptable Harris
Hilderbran, Harvey 53 Unacceptable Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Real, Schleicher, Sutton
Kolkhorst, Lois 13 Unacceptable Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, Washington
Morrison, Geanie W. 30 Unacceptable Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Refugio, Victoria,
Fletcher, Allen 130 Unacceptable Harris
King, Phil 61 Unacceptable Parker, Wise
Klick, Stephanie 91 Unacceptable Tarrant
Parker, Tan 63 Unacceptable Denton
Ritter, Allan 21 Unacceptable Jefferson, Orange
Simpson, David 7 Unacceptable Gregg, Upshur
Smithee, John 86 Unacceptable Dallam, Hartley, Oldham, Deaf Smith, Randall, Parmer
Springer, Drew 68 Unacceptable Childress, Collingsworth, Cooke, Crosby, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Garza, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Kent, King, Montague, Motley, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Young
Thompson, Ed 29 Unacceptable Brazoria
Branch, Dan 108 Unacceptable Dallas
Fallon, Pat 106 Unacceptable Denton
Miller, Rick 26 Unacceptable Fort Bend
Carter, Stefani 102 Unacceptable Dallas
Goldman, Craig 97 Unacceptable Tarrant
Leach, Jeff 67 Unacceptable Collin
Taylor, Van 66 Unacceptable Collin
Creighton, Brandon 16 Unacceptable Montgomery
Hughes, Bryan 5 Unacceptable Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, Wood
Krause, Matt 93 Unacceptable Tarrant
Laubenberg, Jodie 89 Unacceptable Collin
Sanford, Scott 70 Unacceptable Collin
Schaefer, Matt 6 Unacceptable Smith
Zedler, Bill 96 Unacceptable Tarrant
Lucio III, Eddie 38 Unacceptable Cameron
Stickland, Jonathan 92 Unacceptable Tarrant
Capriglione, Giovanni 98 Unacceptable Tarrant
Frank, James 69 Unacceptable Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Knox, Wichita
Issac, Jason 45 Unacceptable Blanco, Hays
Turner, Scott 33 Unacceptable Collin, Rockwall
Simmons, Ron 65 Unacceptable Denton
Toth, Steve 15 Unacceptable Montgomery

Texas Senate–Legislative Report Card

Name Rating Counties Represented
Rodriguez, Jose Exemplary Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Presidio
Garcia, Sylvia Exemplary Harris
Deuell, Bob Recognized Dallas, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall, Smith, Van Zandt
Nichols, Robert Recognized Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler
Uresti, Carlos Recognized Atacosa, Bexar, Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Zavala
Watson, Kirk Recognized Bastrop, Travis
Davis, Wendy Recognized Tarrant
Ellis, Rodney Recognized Fort Bend, Harris
Seliger, Kel Recognized Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Cochran, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Howard, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Loving, Martin, Midland, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler, Winkler, Yoakum
Williams, Tommy Recognized Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, Montgomery
Zaffirini, Judith Recognized Atacosa, Bee, Bexar, Caldwell, Duval, Guadalupe, Hays, Jim Hogg, Karnes, LaSalle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Webb, Wilson, Zapata
Nelson, Jane Acceptable Denton, Tarrant
Schwertner, Charles Acceptable Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker, Williamson
Carona, John Acceptable Dallas
Duncan, Robert Acceptable Baylor, Borden, Childress, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Cottle, Crane, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Eastland, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Hale, Hardeman, Haskell, Hockley, Irion, Jones, Kent, Kimble, King, Knox, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, McCulloch, Mason, Menard, Mitchell, Motley, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Wilbarger
Eltife, Kevin Acceptable Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Wood
Estes, Craig Acceptable Archer, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, Young
Fraser, Tony Acceptable Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills, San Saba, Taylor, Travis
Hancock, Kelly Acceptable Dallas, Tarrant
Hinojosa, Juan Acceptable Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Nueces
Huffman, Joan Acceptable Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris
Van de Putte, Leticia Acceptable Bexar
Whitmire, John Acceptable Harris
Lucio, Eddie Acceptable Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Kleberg, Willacy
Birdwell, Brian Unacceptable Bosque, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Navarro, Somervell, Tarrant
Taylor, Larry Unacceptable Brazoria, Galveston, Harris
West, Royce Unacceptable Dallas
Hegar, Glenn Unacceptable Aransas, Austin, Burleson, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Wharton
Paxton, Ken Unacceptable Collin, Dallas
Campbell, Donna Unacceptable Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Travis
Patrick, Dan Unacceptable Harris
Dewhurst, David Unacceptable* Lt. Gov.

Research Report for Report Card by Dr. Randy Hendricks, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas 

Legislative Report Card for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session

Prepared for

Texas Kids Can’t Wait

By the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Doctorate in Education Program

Randy Hendricks

Anne Balou

Adam Benthall

Robert Glinski

Randy Lamb

Rossee Nava

Christine Nemetsky

 The Legislative Report Card for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session provides an objective measure of each state legislator’s support for Texas public schools. Twenty-one bills and one amendment related to UIL, curriculum, accountability, funding, vouchers, and charter schools were utilized in this analysis. Table 1 provides the legislation number, a brief description, and the advocacy position of Texas Kids Can’t Wait for each bill and amendment.

 

Table 1

Legislation Analyzed

Legislation

 

Description

Texas Kids Can’t Wait Position

HB 5 Public school accountability, assessment, and curriculum requirements

Supported

HB 300 Creation of an alternative governance system (Texas Education  Choice Division) and Family First Schools

Opposed

HB 1025 Supplemental appropriations to the FSP  ($201.7 million)

Supported

HB 1175 School choice program for students with disabilities

Opposed

HB 1850 Private and homeschool eligibility for full-time enrollment in the Texas Virtual School Network

Opposed

HB 1926 Add nonprofit and private entities to the list of eligible course providers for the Texas Virtual School Network

Opposed

HB 1957 Establishment of the Recovery School District

Opposed

HB 2836 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and state testing

Supported

HB 3497 Taxpayer Saving Grant Program for private school tuition reimbursement

Opposed

Amend. 95 House anti-voucher amendment to SB 1

Supported

SB 1 Additional $3.2 billion to the FSP above the 2011 appropriations

Supported

SB 2 Increase in the number of open-enrollment charter schools

Opposed

SB 23 Texas Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program for students to attend private schools, public afterschool programs, or tuition-based pre-k programs

Opposed

SB 115 HB 1175 Companion Bill

Opposed

SB 573 Private and Parochial school participation in UIL for activities other than football and basketball

Opposed

SB 1015 Tax credit for taxable entities that make contributions to scholarship funds for non-public schools

Opposed

SB 1263 Modify the parent trigger provision to allow take over after 3 consecutive years of unacceptable

Opposed

SB 1298 Broaden Texas Virtual School Network course providers to include nonprofit and private entities; eliminate requirement that students be enrolled in a public school

Opposed

SB 1302 Applicability of certain public school requirements (accountability, open meetings, and availability of information) to private schools that accept vouchers, tax credit scholarships, or other public funds

Supported

SB 1407 Establishment of the Recovery School District

Opposed

SB 1575 HB 3497 Companion Bill

Opposed

SB 1718 Establishment of the Texas Achievement School District

Opposed

Of the 22 separate pieces of legislation analyzed, only 9 advanced to a floor vote in the House or Senate. The nine pieces of legislation that advanced to a floor vote are delineated in Table 2.

 

Table 2

Bills and Amendment Advancing to a Floor Vote

Legislation

Chamber Vote

Legislative Outcome

HB 5

House and Senate

Enacted into law

HB 1025

House and Senate

Enacted into law

HB 1926

House and Senate

Enacted into law

HB 2836

House and Senate

Vetoed by the Governor

Amendment 95

House

Passed in House; Died in Conference Committee

SB 1

House and Senate

Enacted into law

SB 2

House and Senate

Enacted into law

SB 1263

Senate

Passed by the Senate; Died in House Committee

SB 1718

Senate

Passed by the Senate; Died in House Committee

For the nine pieces of legislation advancing to a floor vote, each legislator was awarded one point for voting with the Texas Kids Can’t Wait position. In addition, authors and sponsors of all favorable legislation were awarded an additional point and authors and sponsors of unfavorable legislation received a one-point deduction. Coauthors and cosponsors received a half-point or a deduction of a half-point for favorable or unfavorable legislation respectively. Table 3 details how points were distributed for each piece of legislation.

 

Table 3

Point Distribution by Legislation

Legislation

Floor Vote

Authors / Sponsors

Coauthors / Cosponsors

HB 5

1 for “yes” vote

1

0.5

HB 300

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

HB 1025

1 for “yes” vote

1

0.5

HB 1175

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

HB 1850

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

HB 1926

1 for “no” vote

-1

-0.5

HB 1957

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

HB 2836

1 for “yes” vote

1

0.5

HB 3497

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

Amend 95

1 for “yes” vote

1

0.5

SB 1

1 for “yes” vote

1

0.5

SB 2

1 for “no” vote

-1

-0.5

SB 23

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 115

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 573

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 1015

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 1263

1 for “no” vote

-1

-0.5

SB 1298

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

Legislation

Floor Vote

Authors / Sponsors

Coauthors / Cosponsors

SB 1302

No floor vote in either chamber

1

0.5

SB 1407

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 1575

No floor vote in either chamber

-1

-0.5

SB 1718

1 for “no” vote

-1

-0.5

 

 

The final value for each legislator was determined by summing the points earned for each piece of legislation. Tables 4 and 5 delineate the final value, numerical rank, and percentile rank for each member of the House and Senate respectively.

 

Table 4

House of Representatives Final Value, Numerical Rank, and Percentile Rank

Representative

Final Value

Numerical Rank

Percentile Rank

Collier; Farias; Munoz (3)

7.5

1

98.6

Herrero; Martinez Fischer; Pitts; Reynolds (4)

7.0

4

95.9

Allen; Canales; Cortez; Huberty; Longoria; McClendon; Moody; Patrick; Price; Rodriquez, E.; Rodriquez, J.; Vo (12)

6.5

8

87.8

Alonzo; Ashby; Burnam; Callegari; Dukes; Farrar; Giddings; Gonzales, M.; Gutierrez; Howard; Martinez; Miles; Nevarez; Oliveira; Perez; Phillips; Rose; Sheffield, J.D.; Thompson, S.; Turner, S.; Walle (21)

6.0

20

73.6

Alvarado; Bonnen, D.; Cook; Darby; Farney; Guerra; Kacal; King, K.; Lozano; Menendez; Otto; Paddie; Perry; Ratliff; Raymond; Sheffield, R.; Stephenson; Turner, C.; Villalba; White; Wu; Zerwas (22)

5.5

41

58.7

Anderson; Coleman; Crownover; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Eiland; Frullo; Geren; Gonzalez, N.; Harless; Hernandez Luna; Hunter; Johnson; King, T.; Kuempel; Lewis; Marquez; Naishtat; Orr; Pickett; Raney; Smith; Strama; Villarreal (25)

5.0

63

41.8

Aycock; Dutton; Gonzales; Guillen; Keffer; King, S.; Kleinschmidt; Larson; Miller, D.; Murphy; Workman (11)

4.5

88

34.4

Anchia; Bell; Bohac; Burkett; Button; Clardy; Craddick; Elkins; Flynn; Gooden; Harper-Brown; Lavendar; Riddle; Sheets (14)

4.0

99

25.0

Bonnen, G.; Dale; Davis, J.; Hilderbran; Kolkhorst; Morrison (6)

3.5

113

20.9

Fletcher; King, P.; Klick; Parker; Ritter; Simpson; Smithee; Springer; Thompson, E. (9)

3.0

119

14.8

Branch; Fallon; Miller, R. (3)

2.5

128

12.8

Carter; Goldman; Leach; Taylor (4)

2.0

131

10.1

Creighton; Hughes; Krause; Laubenburg; Sanford; Schaefer; Zedler (7)

1.5

135

5.4

Lucio III; Stickland (2)

1.0

142

4.0

Capriglione; Frank; Isaac; Turner, E.S. (4)

0.5

144

1.3

Simmons; Toth (2)

0.0

148

0.0

 

 

 

Table 5

Senate Final Value, Numerical Rank, and Percentile Rank

Senator

Final Value

Numerical Rank

Percentile Rank

Rodriquez (1)

8.0

1

100

Garcia (1)

7.0

2

96.6

Deuell; Nichols; Uresti; Watson (4)

6.0

3

83.3

Davis; Ellis; Seliger; Williams; Zaffirini (5)

5.0

7

66.6

Nelson; Schwertner (2)

4.5

12

60.0

Carona; Duncan; Eltife; Estes; Fraser; Hancock; Hinojosa; Huffman; Van de Putte; Whitmire (10)

4.0

14

26.6

Lucio (1)

3.5

24

23.3

Birdwell; Taylor (2)

3.0

25

16.6

West (1)

2.5

27

13.3

Hegar (1)

2.0

28

10.0

Paxton (1)

-1.0

29

6.6

Campbell (1)

-1.5

30

3.3

Patrick (1)

-3.0

31

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 26, 2013, Meeting of Texas Kids Can’t Wait

Texas Kids Can’t Wait is hosting Mr. David Hinojosa at our meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 915 La Salle, Waco.  He will be the featured speaker.  His topics will include an update on the ongoing school finance legislation, plus his reflections on the work of the 83rd Legislature.  He will be available for a press conference at 5:30 pm at the same location.  Please contact Bonnie Lesley for more information.

For Immediate Release:  Contact:  Bonnie Lesley, 254-848-4483

 For almost a decade Texans have been aware that the state’s school funding system is broken.  It is inequitable for both students and taxpayers, inadequate, outdated, and unconstitutional.  Then in the 2011 legislative session, the state took the unprecedented move to cut $5.4 billion from the Texas education budget.  When local districts had to balance their budgets, they were forced to cut teachers and other staff, increase class sizes, reduce the number of children to be served in preschool, and eliminate valued programs at all levels.

In response, parents, educators, businesspeople, and citizens in general have begun to organize across the state to advocate for equitable and adequate funding for public schools.  One of these organizations is Texas Kids Can’t Wait, founded by former mayor Linda Ethridge of Waco and former teacher and curriculum administrator Dr. Bonnie Lesley of Waco.  “Not only is it imperative that schools do not suffer additional cuts, but citizens must also resist the plan of several state leaders to implement privatization schemes that will undermine the tradition of public education in Texas,” says Lesley.  “We can’t have a democracy if only the wealthy have schools,” she added.

Bosqueville ISD and China Spring ISD will co-host a public forum led by Ethridge and Lesley to discuss the impacts of the current school funding system and strategies for advocacy on behalf of the children of Texas.  The meeting will be on on Monday, November 5, at 6:30—8:00 p.m., in the Bosqueville Elementary School cafetorium.  Everyone is invited to attend and become involved.