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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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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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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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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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The Truth about Vouchers (Taxpayer Savings Grants, etc.)

The Truth about Vouchers! There is more good information and analysis and resources in Julian Heilig’s blog posts about vouchers than you can find almost anywhere, so you may wish to bookmark this site.  It is just excellent, splendid, awesome, wonderful–all those superlatives!  http://cloakinginequity.com/category/vouchers/

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A National Organization

Just as we in Texas are forming a statewide coalition of like-minded organizations to influence the legislature, people are at work across the country to form a national movement of educators, parents, and citizens in general to protect public schools from the privatizers and to ensure equitable/adequate funding, as well as to create a sane […]

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First Shot Fired in Privatization War

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 10:00 am Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senator Dan Patrick, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, will hold a press conference to lay out their “school choice” (aka “taxpayer savings grants” or “universal vouchers”) plans that are aimed at destroyed Texas’s public schools.  See this story:  http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/dewhurst-patrick-announce-school-reform-legislatio/   Get ready!  We […]

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