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Join Alice Linahan Tues. night in Lewisville~ Allowing Education Jihad in the name of School Choice

Date posted: March 29, 2013

Are we creating a National Security Threat here in Texas by transforming our Charter Schools?

Come Tuesday night, listen and you decide. 


Texas Harmony Science Centers Hurst, Texas

Texas Harmony Science Centers Hurst, Texas


Learn about Gulen Charter Schools


When:            TUESDAY    APRIL  2nd    

6:30pm  Meet and Greet    7:00pm Program


Where:           Lewisville Chamber of Commerce building 

551 N. Valley Parkway      Lewisville 


Because we are taking on the public schools via #StopCSCOPE efforts parents are looking for other avenues to educate their children. Many who can’t afford private schools (even though private schools and charter schools use CommonCore and CSCOPE) run to charter schools. (Who by the way target the lower income hispanic and black community.) This is a challenge when the charter schools are run by people who do not have America’s best interest at heart. 

Just to be clear, I am not against all Charter Schools. Although I firmly believe we must have major safe guards in place to protect our citizens from organizations who seek access to our children to harm our nation. I also believe we should hold elected officials accountable for the legislation they put forward which may pose a National Security threat to our nation.

By promoting Charter School legislation some elected officials see a way to get votes and stay in their positions of power giving them the opportunity to move to higher office. It opens the door to raise huge campaign donations from charter school lobbies.  In addition we know these organizations are giving free all expense paid trips to legislators in Texas and across the country. Interesting to note their consultant was former executive director of the Republican Party and trusted advisor to President George W. Bush, Karen Hughes Hughes. 

If you are reading this an asking what are the Harmony Charter Schools? Below is a great video by Frank Gaffney founder of the (Center for Security Policy) as he works within his own community to stop the Gulen movment in Loudoun Virginia. Harmony is the name for the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation schools in Texas. In other states they go by different names. “


List of Gulen Charter Schools in the United States

Below is a breakdown of Texas Senate Bill 2 currently working its way through the Texas Legislature.  Some of the heroes on exposing CSCOPE are now pushing a bill that completely opens the door for the Gulen Charter Schools to come into Texas in mass numbers.

Senate bill 2 is a comprehensive overhaul of the laws that govern charter schools.  Changes are made on the authorizing, governing, and establishing of charter schools in Texas.

Looking at the bill, there were a lot of areas of concern, given the recent experience on CScope in Texas.


  • The current laws cap the number of charter schools in Texas at 215.  The cap is entirely removed.


  • A new governing board of 7 appointees will be the only oversight of these schools.  The State Board of Education will have no authority to grant or revoke charter school privileges in this state.  This puts us back in the position of non-elected officials in charge of the education.


  • If there are any vacant or underutilized facilities in a school district, the ISD “shall” lease that taxpayer funded facility to any approved charter school that wants it.  Note the word in the bill is shall (a mandate) rather than the word “may” (which is a choice).


  • First time charter schools will be granted a license to operate for a term of 5 years.  It will automatically renew at that point for 20 years.  Most of the Harmony/ Gulen charter schools (currently under question) will fall in the 20 year category.


  • The TEA will be required to post all vacant or underutilized facilities for all to see.  For organized charter efforts underway, it will be easy to snap up these facilities all over the state.


  • No new charter will have to pay rent or purchase the facility.  They pay $1.


  • The license of a charter school can be revoked by the newly formed commission only under the following circumstance:

a.  The school performs badly in 3 out of 5 years
b.  The school is not fiscally satisfactory on multiple reviews


Questions to ask…..

1. Why are non- elected officials being put in charge without public accountability?
2.  Why a 20 year renewal?
3.  Shouldn’t we worry about enormous expansion of schools of any type without input?
4.  What if the curriculum is found to be offensive?
5.  Why is our state funding for-profit enterprises?

The Education Committee on SB 2 (Senator Dan Patrick) concerning Charter Schools is considering what to do.  They must hear from you. ASAP The committee members are:

Chair: Sen. Dan Patrick   512) 463-0107
Vice Chair: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.  (512) 463-0127
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell  512) 463-0125
  Sen. Robert Duncan  (512) 463-0128
  Sen. Kel Seliger  (512) 463-0131
  Sen. Larry Taylor  (512) 463-0111
  Sen. Leticia Van de Putte  (512) 463-0126
  Sen. Royce West  (512) 463-0123


Below are charter school safeguards that have been proposed by various experts.


1. That a financial audit conducted under generally accepted accounting practices by an independent, reputable auditor be required – and publicly available – from any charter school operator applying for bond guarantees or other financial incentives;


2. That the name, address, and citizenship of all board members and key administrators applying for said guarantee(s) or other financial incentives issued by the state be recorded and made available to the public;


3. That the funds in the underlying bonds or other financial incentives to privately owned, publicly financed schools are to be used solely for schools within Texas;


4. Severe criminal penalties for fraudulent activities involving bond guarantees or other financial incentives issued by states – such as a Class 2 Felony for criminal or securities fraud violations.



Below Safeguards proposed in the 82nd Legislative Session in Texas but that the Texas Legislature did not pass:

1.  Proof of U. S. citizenship for all charter school operator board members and top five highest-paid administrators. (Public ISD trustees must be U. S. citizens.)

2.  Names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and top five highest-paid administrators.

3.  Check registers posted online. (It is estimated that over 70 % of local ISD dollars are online.)


Why did these safeguards not pass? I believe some elected officials were beholden to the lobby groups in Austin vs the people who elected them as their Representatives. 

Women On the Wall will be taking on this issue and sharing information and updates on our weekly radio show on Monday mornings at 10 am CST. You will not want to miss this show. We will have up to date information on CSCOPE  and guests who are the experts on education and other issues that are effecting our children and grandchildren.


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Date posted: March 28, 2013

By Donna Garner and Alice Linahan

Gulen NetworkWhile most of us have been focused on the U. S. debt ceiling and the serious implications for the world’s financial markets, meanwhile another country has just fallen to the Islamists: Turkey.

Turkey has been friendly toward the United States for many years, and one of our largest bases is in Incirlik, Turkey.  This base is essential to our operations in the Middle East.

This last Thursday (7.29.11) Reuters News Service and the British Broadcasting Company broke the news that the Islamic Prime Minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, had seized control of the government and the military when Turkey’s top four military commanders (secularists who have stood against Turkey becoming an Islamist state) resigned under pressure.

These four commanders were in charge of the Turkish air, navy, and land forces.  Erdogan’s own choice for commander has now been put in charge of the Turkish military.


During the two years leading up to last Thursday, Erdogan and his AKP party have put over 400 people on trial in hearings dominated by Erdogan-appointed judges, including 250 military personnel (almost 10% of their military senior commanders).

More than 58 journalists have been detained without due process for speaking out about the Erdogan government.

On 7.25.11, The Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to the Turkish Minister of Justice protesting the detainments. The letter specifically objected to the seizure by the Turkish police of a draft of Ahmet Şık’s unpublished book, The Imam’s Army, that details the influence of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen on the Turkish state.

Turkish citizens believe the charges are trumped up in order to discredit those who believe in keeping Turkey a secularist (pro-American/pro-Israeli/pro-European) state.


Erdogan is a follower of Fethullah Gulen.  Since Erdogan took over as Prime Minister in 2002, Gulen/Erdogan/AKP have allegedly orchestrated two trumped up plots called “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer.”


The first reason that we Americans should be concerned about the Islamist coup in Turkey is that Turkey is a member of NATO; and on March 28, 2011, our own President, pro-Muslim Obama, placed our coalition military operations in Libya under NATO control.

This means that our U. S. military personnel fighting under the NATO flag are partially controlled by Turkey which has now turned against America and Israel and is well on its way to becoming an Islamic state.  Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO.


Our second reason for concern is that Fethullah Gulen lives in Pennsylvania, runs his $25 billion international network from there, and is tied to hundreds of Gulen charter schools right here in the  United States.  (Texas alone has 36 of these Gulen charter schools.)

Gulen plans to take America over in almost exactly the same way that he has taken Turkey over — through the indoctrination of our school children; and ironically, we taxpayers are paying for his Gulen charter schools.


Who is behind Turkish Prime Minister Enrogan and the AKP?  Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist imam who is considered by many to be the “most dangerous man in the world.”

As Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist now under arrest, was being dragged away to jail by the Turkish security forces, he yelled, “Whoever touches the Gulen movement gets burned!”


Turkey’s ruling party is the AKP led by Prime Minister Erdogan.  He is a Muslim, believes in Sharia law, and is a follower of Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan was elected in 2003 and was recently re-elected in June 2011 because working in clandestine operations with the Gulenists, he has been able to control and coerce the Turkish masses through fear.

Two of the basic tenets that Fethullah Gulen uses to indoctrinate his followers at an early age are (1) “taquiya” which is an Islam belief that permits them to lie to “infidels” (i.e., anyone who is not a Muslim), and (2) total secrecy — a belief that if a person never shares a secret, then he never has to worry about his secrets becoming known.  In fact, secrecy is an obsession for Gulenists.  In Pearls of Wisdom, Gulen explains, “The secret is your slave but you become its slave if you disclose it.”

Dr. Aland Mizell, a leading Gulenist researcher, stated:

What Gulenists want is total power and one-man rule; they want a status so that none could dare to object to them or to their leader, because they sincerely believe that Allah has chosen them to disseminate their brand of Turkish Islam to the world, and therefore that everything they do is right and without mistakes.


Prior to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan, Turkey was pro-America, pro-Israel, and pro-European. Turkey is one of 28 members of NATO but has the second-largest army.

Now Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have formed close alliances with Russia, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria.

Gulen has set the political agenda in Turkey using his followers in AKP.

Gulen controls a worldwide, $25 billion network of media, financial institutions, associations, and foundations.

Gulen is an Islamist imam who considers himself to be a prophet.

His sermons indicate that he intends for Turkey and the entire world to become Islamist and to follow Sharia law. He wants to establish a caliph and the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire. Several years ago, Turkish television aired footage of Gulen saying:

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it…The philosophy of our service is that  we open a house somewhere and, with the patience of a spider, we lay our web to wait for people to get caught in the web…

In 1971, Gulen was arrested in Turkey for holding secret religious activities in which he ran illegal summer camps to indoctrinate youth.

Gulen has groomed his image to make him look as if he is a “tolerant” Muslim, but he is actually a follower of Sa’id-I Nursi, the founder of the Islamist Nur (light) movement.

Gulen/Nur intend for Islamists to take over the world and establish an Islamic caliphate that follows Sharia law.

In 1998, Gulen escaped to America to avoid being questioned about his involvement to overthrow Turkey’s pro-American/pro-Israel government.

Bill Clinton was President at the time.  Bill and Hillary Clinton and the CIA welcomed Gulen and promoted him as being an outstanding scholar who represented a peaceful, “secular” form of Islam.

When President George W. Bush took office in January 2001 and America experienced the radical Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Bush administration (along with Karen Hughes who now promotes the Gulen charter schools) evidently wanted to appear to be “politically correct” and, therefore, fell for Gulen’s lies.

Now the United States has a Muslim-friendly President in the White House who has appointed Dalia Mogahed as his Muslim advisor.  Mogahed is a Gulenist.


Gulen lives in eastern Pennsylvania with 100 followers who guard him and tend to his needs.  His male followers try to blend into American society by wearing suits and ties, and they do not marry until age 50.  Their spouses are expected to dress in the Islamic manner as dictated by Gulen.

Gulen runs his international network from Pennsylvania, and he and his next-in-command (Nurettin Veren) say they control 75% of the schools and universities in Turkey plus hundreds of schools in 110 countries worldwide.

Gulenists have targeted children to indoctrinate them to become the ruling class of the Islamist, Turkish state.  Under Erdogan, textbooks have been changed, Islam has been emphasized, and thousands of imams have been placed into positions as teachers and administrators in the schools.


In an interview in 2008, Veren said, “Children whom we educated in Turkey are now in the highest positions. There are governors, judges, military officers. There are ministers in the government. They consult Gulen before doing anything.”

Gulenists have also taken over the 200,000 Turkish police force.  Veren said, “There are imam security directors; imams wearing police uniforms. Many police commissioners get their orders from imams.”

Those in the police academies who were not Gulenists were dismissed, and the AKP promotes only those officers who are totally dedicated to Gulen.

In 2008 Endogan ordered the arrests of the people who were speaking out against this Gulen takeover.

Wiretapping by Gulenists has penetrated Turkey to the highest levels, and they have managed to restrist technology so that secretly recorded meetings of those opposed to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have been made public.

Turkish journalists have also had their wires tapped because the head of the police wiretapping unit is a Gulenist.

Anti-AKP demonstrators have experienced violent police brutality, and private citizens who have spoken out about Erdogan/AKP have been abducted and brutalized.


Traditionally, the Turkish military has been the guarantor of the Constitution; but now according to Veren (Gulen’s top man), the Gulenists have entrenched themselves within the military also.  Veren stated:

The Fethullahist military officers were once our students, who we financially supported, educated, and assisted.  When these grateful children graduated and reached influential positions, they put themselves and their positions at the service of Fethullah Gulen…when Gulen students graduate from the police or military academies — as do the new doctors and lawyers — they present their first salaries to Fethullah Gulen as a gesture of their gratitude. 

Gulenists have also taken over the Turkish court system because Erdogan replaced thousands of judges and prosecutors with his own AKP/Gulen followers. Anybody applying for judgeships has to pass an AKP review.

In years past, the Turkish media used to be relentless about exposing government corruption; but when Erdogan came to power in his first term, he filed “frivolous” lawsuits against 63 journalists in 16 publications.  This successfully dissuaded journalists’ from ferreting out corruption.

During Erdogan’s ten year rule, his government has seized control of Sabah-ATV, which was Turkey’s second largest media group. Then Erdogan made his son-in-law the CEO of the group.

Now nine of the leading TV, radio stations, and newspapers are all owned by AKP/Gulen.

It is no wonder that Erdogan won re-election in June 2011 since he and the AKP controlled most of the media, the military, the security forces, and the courts.


Homeland Security and the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service tried to deny Gulen permanent residence in the Unites States.  In 2008 Gulen brought a lawsuit against Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security.  The Department contended that Gulen did not meet the definition of a person with “extraordinary ability in the field of education” but that he was actually a “leader of a large and influential religious and political movement with immense commercial holdings.”  The State tried to prove that the acclaim that Gulen touted was actually sponsored or financed by his own movement.

Gulen evidently managed to “pay off” enough institutions and high-profile people to mount pressure to get his status reversed, and the 29 letters of reference that he filed with his motion came from theologians or Turkish political figures closely associated with his Gulenist movement.  The judge ruled in Gulen’s favor, and now he can stay in the United States permanently.


One of the most disheartening reports has been the connections of former executive director of the Republican Party and trusted advisor to President George W. Bush, Karen Hughes and her close ties to the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation’s Harmony Schools here in Texas. As you can hear in this video Ms. Hughes is very interested in promoting Harmony Science Charter Schools and accessing Texas  tax dollars to create competition for public schools by funding the Gulen/Harmony charter schools.

In a bold move, the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools have now branched out from their usual “math and science” venues into a brand new school to open soon in Austin, Texas.

This new Gulen school will be called the Harmony School of Political Science.  This means that at taxpayers’ expense, Turkish teachers (many of whom are here on H-1 visas and are Muslims) will be teaching our students “American” history.  Can you imagine how these teachers who can hardly speak English and are fresh from Turkey will present such historically significant elements as the Holocaust, the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution?

Yes, all teachers in Texas (including those in the Gulen schools) are to follow the state-approved curriculum requirements; but nothing constrains teachers from teaching those requirements with a particular political spin.  Since almost all of the terrorists who have declared jihad against Americans are Muslims, then it should make us very skeptical about having Muslim teachers teach our Texas students to love, respect, and appreciate America.


A protest rally will be held on the public sidewalk in front of Harmony School of Political Science – Austin, Texas — on Aug. 30, 2011, from 9:00 to 10:00 A. M.

 People in the Austin area should definitely commit to be at the rally since this Harmony School of Political Science is being opened right there in your own city.  

Please bring signs (without any wooden or metal stakes), wear T-shirts, display “sandwich-type” posters (affixed to front and back of body), or create other visual displays that are in line with the City of Austin laws (posted at bottom of this e-mail).



7.30.11 — 7:57 AM (EDT) — Reuters News Service — “Analysis: Turkish Government Strengthens Control on Military” by Daren Butler — Istanbul – 

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7.30.11, 3:54 P. M. EDT — Reuters News Service — “Turkey’s Leaders Deny Crisis as Top Generals Quit” by Simon Cameron-Moore — Istanbul —


7.29.11, 17:29 ET — British Broadcasting Company —  “Turkey: Military Chiefs Resign En Masse” —



Winter 2009, pp. 55 – 66 — The Middle East Quarterly — “Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition: Turkey’s Islamist Danger” by Rachel Sharon Krespin, director of the Turkish Media Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Washington D.C.


7.25.11 — “Journalists Held Without Due Process in Turkey”  — Letter from Committee to Protect Journalists –


12.16.10 — British Broadcasting Company — “Turkey Tries Army Officers Over Sledgehammer ‘Plot’” — by Jonathan Head — Istanbul 


 8.1.11 — “Protest Rally — Gulen Political Science School in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2011” by Donna Garner 


7.22.11 — “Wrong Person Takes the Fall — Another Gulen Situation”  by Donna Garner


List of Gulen Charter Schools in the United States” 


7.17.11 — “Another Turkish Charter School in Trouble” by Donna Garner 


7.14.11 — “How Blind Can People Be?” by Donna Garner 


7.10.11 — “Is a Changed Muslim Kosher in a Taxpayer-Funded Texas School” by Peyton Wolcott 


 6.29.11 — The Texas House General Investigating & Ethics Committee has begun its investigation of the Gulen Turkish charter schools (Cosmos Foundation, Harmony Schools, Rainbow Turkish House, etc.). 



7.10.11 — “Are Taxpayers Paying for Free Trips to Turkey?” by Donna Garner 


6.19.11 — Austin American-Statesman article by Laylan Copelin and Mike Ward, “Some Texas Lawmakers Have Second Thoughts about Turkey Trips” —  


6.29.11 — Texas Legislature Investigating Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Schools: by Donna Garner



6.30.11 — “Personal Accounts: Gulen Harmony Schools” by Donna Garner



7.14.11 — “Harmony Science Academies Tied to Gulen Charter Schools” by Donna Garner 



“The Gulen Movement — How It Operates in Turkey and in the U. S.” —  Parts 1, 2, 3 — YouTube

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Spread the Word – 2014 is Coming!

Date posted: March 27, 2013

JoAnn Fleming

By JoAnn Fleming 

Fellow Texas Constitutional Conservatives: 

In 2010, we worked together to send conservatives to the state legislature. In 2011, the Austin ruling class worked against our conservative legislators and ignored our cries for reform. In 2012, we rose up to fight again and sent a larger contingent of conservatives to the legislature. We sent Ted Cruz to the US Senate. In 2013, the establishment is working overtime to silence the reformers, and they are working harder than ever to hold their fairy tale together. But, fellow Texans, 2014 is coming…

We want you to know that grassroots conservatives from across the state are in the trenches in Austin. We want you to know what we are fighting for, and we ask you to spread the following unified message because 2014 is coming.

We are sending a strong, commonsense, liberty-advancing message in Austin that must apply to all legislation:

  • Stop the “borrow and spend” practices. Why? Today, Texas state government has more debt than the US Postal Service ($16 billion). “Borrow and spend” is just as bad as “tax and spend” because it threatens liberty for future generations. According to the Legislative Budget Board, the amount of state debt outstanding is $40.99 billion, an increase of $22.81 billion, or 125% over the amount of state debt outstanding 10 years ago in fiscal year 2003. Sounds like Washington, DC.


  • Stop digging holes and fill in the ones you’ve already created. Why? On top of the state debt, the Texas Tomorrow Fund has a $644 million hole (parents pay into a fund to secure their child’s college education at today’s prices). The Teachers Retirement System is underfunded, creating a $27 billion hole. Our state government is incurring costs today, without setting aside the money needed to meet tomorrow’s obligations. Sounds like Washington, DC.


  • Stop the diversions. Why? Our legislature uses millions of dollars in taxes and fees created for one purpose and diverts them to another purpose. One big example is the gas tax diverted from road construction to non-road uses. There are too many examples to list! Sounds like Washington, DC.


  • Stop the accounting gimmicks and deferrals to balance the budget. Why? We need truth in budgeting! Since sales tax collections for the 2012-2013 budget exceeded the Comptroller’s revenue projections, the $7.1 billion planned shortfall from last session is being paid from the “surplus” revenue and from the Rainy Day Fund; however, our legislature, governor, lt. governor, and house speaker need to stop just balancing the budget on paper and actually practice truth in budgeting. Anything less sounds like Washington, DC!


  • Don’t raid the Rainy Day Fund. Why? The Rainy Day Fund should always maintain a balance large enough to ensure our AAA credit rating AND provide funds to endure a natural disaster or a terrorist attack (made possible with open borders and sanctuary cities) without having to depend on the federal government. Frankly, our elected officials need to prepare for getting less federal dollars since the financial collapse of the federal government may be coming. Texas is no longer a donor state. For the last 8 years, Texas has received more federal dollars than were paid into the federal treasury by taxpayers. Texas is helping to build the federal debt. This is the history of federal dollars in our state budget for the last 3 biennial periods: 

2008 – 2009: federal funds were $55.1 billion or 32% of state budget revenue

2010 – 2011: federal funds were $72.6 billion or 38.7% of state budget revenue

2012—2013: federal funds were $54.7 billion or 31.5% of state budget revenue

If they ignore these facts and do anything less than prepare for tough times ahead, our state officials will be acting like Washington, DC!

  • Stop gazing lovingly at our wallets. According to the Legislative Budget Board, Texas state spending rose 310% between 1990 and 2012, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%. This is why we don’t support adding new taxes and fees to fund the core constitutional functions of state government, and we won’t until the legislature actually practices real budget transparency and truth in budgeting. After all, “TEA” stands for Taxed Enough Already! Stop acting like Washington DC, telling us you need new revenue. We the people didn’t make the mess, but we will stand with those of you who work to clean it up.


If you agree – and we hope you do – please circulate this information. “We the People” of Texas must understand that although our state is stronger than most, we can and must do better. 
cracksThe cracks in the foundation are showing…


Texas is not the Land of Oz…

The fairy tales coming out of Austin must be debunked. That responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Texas Constitutional Conservative Grassroots. Since we aren’t funded by special interests, we are free to tell it like it is – the pure, unvarnished truth. Why? The elections of 2014 are coming.


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“We Are Not Beaten Yet” ~ Type 1 Education in Texas is Under Attack it is TIme to Rise!

Date posted:


Torin Halsey/Times Record News Fifth grader Ryker Beasley pays close attention to a problem being solved on the board in math class at City View Elementary. City View teachers are the rare teachers in North Texas who do not use CSCOPE. "We'd worked so hard at what we are doing, we didn't want to dump it in the trash and jump on a new system," said City View testing director Maureen Talbott. "What we're doing seems to be working. We have teachers who are working their tails off but are pleased with what they're doing."

Torin Halsey/Times Record News Fifth grader Ryker Beasley pays close attention to a problem being solved on the board in math class at City View Elementary. City View teachers are the rare teachers in North Texas who do not use CSCOPE. “We’d worked so hard at what we are doing, we didn’t want to dump it in the trash and jump on a new system,” said City View testing director Maureen Talbott. “What we’re doing seems to be working. We have teachers who are working their tails off but are pleased with what they’re doing.”

By Donna Garner

3.26.13, 8:40 P. M.

We are not beaten yet, but it will take an uprising of the public to get our Texas Legislators’ attention. I have done my part to explain how important it is to the future of our state to keep our education standards high.  Now it is up to the people of Texas to express their views.   


I received the following update a few minutes ago from Texas Rep. Dan Flynn. I know he is jubilant because he helped to push through this dumbing down of our Texas public schools by supporting so vocally HB 5.


Rep. Flynn stands partly to blame for refusing to see how wrong he is and how the Type #1 STAAR/End-of-Course tests in all of the core courses are exactly what will force Texas teachers to teach the Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS). 


Without the public pressure of the tests in each of the high-school core courses, the teachers in those subjects will most likely continue to teach their old curriculum units based upon the old TEKS which were Type #2 (including Type #2 CSCOPE).


Texas STAAR StestingWithout the STAAR/EOC’s in each of the core courses, there will be no way for the public to prove that students have been taught Type #1 curriculum. This is particularly troubling when World History and World Geography are some of the EOC’s “on the chopping block.”  It is these two courses in particular that allow the Type #2 indoctrination of our students.  I explained what is at stake in my article (3.20.13) entitled “What Gets Measured Gets Treasured.” —


Also, please read my article published on 3.25.13 entitled “Dumbing Down Our Measuring Stick: The STAAR/End-of-Course Tests.”  This article contains the links to the Texas Legislature Online that show the seven stages through which a bill must pass before becoming a law in Texas:  



Received on 3.26.13 at 7:56 P. M. from Rep. Dan Flynn 

TEXAS HOUSE PASSES HB 5   Accountability  Standardized Testing  Curriculum Options 

Texas House Passes House Bill 5

Bill Enhances School Accountability, Reduces Standardized Testing and Expands Curriculum Options


Excerpts from this article:


AUSTIN – This evening, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which addressed education assessments, accountability, and testing. In avote of 145-2, HB 5 passed to engrossment after nearly 9 hours of debate and over 165 amendments… HB 5 streamlines the requirement for the number of end-of-course assessments from 15 to 5.



This is the link to the article that I sent to Rep. Dan Flynn and the rest of the Texas legislators on 7.12.12.  Flynn was off on a tangent from the very beginning and managed to influence the rest of the Texas legislators “to throw out the baby with the bath water.”  http://educationviews.org/some-texas-legislators-wrong-again-staareoc-tests/


Please review the two Types:

3.3.13 – “Type #1 and Type #2 – Two Completely Different Philosophies of Education” — http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/type-1-and-type-2-two-completely-different-philosophies-of?xg_source=activity


Send this Audio of the WomenOnTheWall.org interview with Brandon Darby and Donna Garner and ask your legislator to listen to it and make sure they are not in the Green or Yellow Group. Now you will have to listen to it to find out what exactly that means. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!



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Women On the Wall  takes on the issues that matter. Sharing information and updates on our weekly radio show on Monday mornings at 10 am CST. You will not want to miss this show. We will have up to date information on CSCOPE  and guests who are the experts on education and other issues that are effecting our children and grandchildren.


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“Dumbing Down Our Measuring Stick: the STAAR/End-of-Course Tests”

Date posted: March 26, 2013

Measuring StickBy Donna Garner

  • These vendors have a vested interest in continuing to sell their Type #2 curriculum: CSCOPE, Safari Montage, Lead4Ward, TASA iCLOUD, TASA Buy Boards, Bill Gates, Pat Jacoby’s AuthenticLearning.com, Expeditionary Learning, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence, and many others.  Please go to the bottom of the page to see the organizations that fall under the Type #2 Coalition of Essential Schools.   


  •  Turkish Gulen Harmony Charter Schools want the STAAR/EOC tests to be dumped because these schools are populated by many Turkish teachers newly arrived from Turkey who have poor English skills.  How could their students do well on the 40 right-or-wrong, grammar/usage/spelling questions on the Type #1 STAAR/EOC English tests? How could their students excel on the English reading sections of the Type #1 STAAR/EOC English tests?


  • Believe it or not, some organizations that are pushing school choice actually want the public schools to fail.  If the new Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS) and Type #1 STAAR/EOC’s are successful in forcing public school teachers to return to the basics so that students can be successful in all of their classes, the vested school choice advocates would lose their market base. 


  • School administrators want the STAAR/EOC’s and the entire accountability system stripped of its public pressure.  Then schools could continue right along teaching Type #2 without the fear of repercussions through publicly revealed Type #1 STAAR/EOC test scores.




ACTION STEP:  Immediately contact all Texas Legislators and tell them to vote against SB 1724, SB 3, and HB 5. The new Type #1 plan of 4 years of English/Science/Math/Social Studies (called 4 x 4) for graduation and the requirements of the 15 STAAR/End-of-Course tests are in the process of being implemented with this year’s sophomores on down.


Texas Legislators must not do anything to hamper the authentic education reform that will be obvious in our Texas graduates of 2015 if the standards are allowed to remain.  Backing away from these standards right now would have a devastating impact upon the future workforce in Texas.


*Click Here for Definitions of Type #1 and Type #2:


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(7 Stages for a bill to become law in Texas)  


SB 1724 – Dumbing down high school graduation requirements and dropping many end-of-course assessments (the public’s “measuring stick”)


Passed Stage 1 on 3.8.13 – Stage 2 is to get out of Senate Education Committee — 


(The postings on Texas Legislature Online must be behind because I have been told today that the full Senate is to vote on SB 1724 this WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27; that would be Stage 3.)


Authors:  Senators Patrick, Birdwell, Campbell, Hegar, Lucio, Paxton, Taylor


To see Stages for this bill: —http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1724


To see Main Page for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1724



Last posted action:  Considered in public hearing on 3.19.13




SB 3 – Long and complicated bill – dumbs down graduation requirements/End-of-Course Assessment requirements for graduation, funding of certain curriculum requirements


Authors: Senators Patrick, Campbell, Lucio, Taylor


Passed Stage 2 on 2.25.13 – Stage 3 is vote by full Senate THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27.


To see Stages for this bill:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB3


To see Main Page for this bill:http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB3


Last posted action:  Reported favorably as substituted on 2.25.13  



HB 5 – Dumbs down public school accountability, End-of-Course assessments, graduation requirements


Passed Stage 2 on 3.19.13 – Stage 3 is vote by full House Today, MARCH 26.


To see Stages for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB5


Authors:  Representatives Aycock, Deshotel, Davis, John, Villarreal, Callegari


To see Main Page for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB5


Last posted action:  Calendars Committee voted this bill out on 3/20.13.





Asia Society
Assessment Training Institute
Center for Educational Policy Research
Coalition of Essential Schools
Educators for Social Responsibility
Facing History and Ourselves
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard Project Zero
Northeast Foundation for Children
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Outward Bound USA
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Project Adventure
Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC)
Technical Education Research Center (TERC)


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