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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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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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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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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 Matters

Many people attending our public forums for Texas Kids Can’t Wait have requested a copy of the paper that I wrote in 2010 for the Equity Center, entitled “Money DOES Matter:  Investing in Texas Children and our Future.”  There are no more hard copies available.  I have, however, posted a link to the .pdf version […]

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Texas Kids Can’t Wait by Bonnie A. Lesley

Texas Kids Can’t Wait  by Bonnie A. Lesley When we were working on the Money Does Matter publication for the Equity Center two years ago, we called for political action at the local level to influence legislators’ votes in the 2011 session. Some groups were formed, but, for the most part, they operated quietly in […]

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