Voices Empower
 

Make Calls NOW~ Spending Up 26%! Texas Legislature Takes Wild Left Turn & Spends like there’s No Tomorrow

Date posted: May 24, 2013

Photo Courtesy of the Texas Tribune

Photo Courtesy of the Texas Tribune

Alert from: JoAnn Fleming, Chairman, TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee; Executive Director, Grassroots America

 
The news is bad – very bad. A majority in the Texas House and Senate (yes, a majority of Republicans) have gone on a wild spending spree! We have one last chance to stop it. Please help us kill HB 1025 and SB 1 to force a special session. We believe we can get a more conservative budget when all the focus is on spending.
The bad news – if HB 1025 (supplemental spending bill) and SB 1 (budget) pass, this happens:
 
·        The $1.8 billion in tax relief called for by the Governor is slashed because a majority of the legislature went on a spending spree. The Legislature includes about half of the Governor’s request (about $900 million) and wants to count $631 million in a one-time electrical ratepayer fee rebate for about 80% of Texans as a tax cut—which it isn’t.
 
·        The budget will exceed the state’s constitutional spending limit. They will bust the spending cap! The big spenders seek to circumvent the spending limit through SJR 1, the constitutional amendment to be approved by voters in November. They are changing the definition of “busting the cap” so they can say they didn’t…sounds just like Washington, DC!
 
·        Though they had more than $13 billion in new general revenue (GR) on hand for the 2014-15 budget, House & Senate budget appropriators did not include money in the budget for “pay as you go” highway funding or provide taxpayers with a meaningful tax cut. Instead, they spent it all and want to raid the Rainy Day Fund too!
 
·        The Legislature has decided to raid the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) for almost $4 billion. The ESF was intended to protect against the pressure for a tax increase during an economic downturn. Instead, this budget uses the Rainy Day Fund to explode spending during a time of plenty, cutting the fund balance in half—from $8 billion to $4 billion. This leaves Texas vulnerable if the national economy continues to falter or we have a natural or manmade disaster.
 
·        The Legislature will appropriate approximately $106 billion in General Revenue and Rainy Day funds. This is an increase of $22 billion, or 26%, over last session! (This is a session to session, not a budget to budget, comparison.)
 
·        The total of all funds (including federal funds) in the new budget looks to be about $214 billion, an increase of about $38 billion, or 21%, over what was appropriated in 2011. (This is a session to session, not a budget to budget, comparison.)
 
·        This level of spending is proof most legislators are tone deaf (94% of 2012 Republican primary voters signaled they wanted spending cut). They willingly ignore the unstable national and global economies. This is a threat to a strong Texas and should be treated as an assault on liberty.
 
·        This spending repeats the mistake of the 79th TX Legislature (2005). After the 78th Legislature (2003) held the line on spending, the 79thLegislature went on a spending spree that led to the 2011 $15 billion budget shortfall. It could happen again. Are the big spenders setting the stage for gambling and/or and income tax next session?
 
·        This spending rejects principles of fiscal conservatism in exchange for a big-gov’t approach like those of the other big-five states: CA, NY, IL, FL.
 
·       This budget is a threat to the economic prosperity of Texas citizens, families, and communities. It is a threat to Texas – the best hope for enduring freedom in these United States.   
 
It is time for YOU to come to the aid of Texas! Call, e-mail, text, FaceBook, and Tweet your state representative as soon as possible! Melt the phone lines starting NOW and call all day! Call your representative’s district offices and Capitol office. Tell him/her you do not support the budget and you support a special session to get it right. Ask them to vote down HB 1025 & SB 1.  Be firm and employ the Golden Rule.  Yelling and cursing doesn’t make them hear you, in fact, it can have the opposite effect.
 
To find your state representative click here.
For good measure, call your state senator & declare you don’t support the budget, click here.
Call Governor Perry’s office & ask him to veto the budget if it passes!(512) 463-2000
 
Special thanks to Texas Public Policy Foundation for its help in putting together the numbers referenced above… 
___________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Battle continues~ Common Core is seeping in the back door.#StopCommonCore in Texas. TASA, TASB and the TESCCC must be stopped completely.

Stop Common Core Presser

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

Follow @AliceLinahan on twitter and Facebook 

Voices Empower has partnered the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

Women On The Wall.org

___________________________________________

Voices Empower

Check Out Voices Empower Articles .

  Please attribute to Alice Linahan  with Voices Empower

 

WOMEN ON THE WALL HAS JOINED WBTM’S RADIO PROGRAMMING

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM

Join WomenOnTheWall.org WBTM radio show Monday morning from 10 am

Knowledge is Power~ Click and share with your friends!

“The Worst Legislative Session Ever on Education”

Date posted: May 8, 2013

By Donna Garner 

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.

Please take the time to read these articles that explain how the Texas Legislature is deliberately dumbing down our Texas public schools.  If this trend by the Legislature continues to completion, this 83rd Legislative Session will go down in history as the Session that destroyed authentic education reform in Texas, resulting in an increase in poorly educated citizens, college students, and employees.   

==========

5.6.13 – Commentary by William McKenzie, Dallas Morning News:  

 

Excerpts from this commentary:

…That’s precisely why Texas legislators need to think back through a number of their decisions this session that would lessen expectations for students. They are passing bills that will set up less rigorous high school degree plans. And they are trying to deconstruct how the state assesses students and their schools.

 

The latest troubling move is the Texas House’s decision last week to end the state’s writing exam for fourth- and seventh-graders. If HB 2836 becomes law, Texas students will move through elementary and middle school without ever taking a state writing achievement test. The first time they would take a state writing test would be in ninth grade.

 

…But do we really want to wait until ninth grade before knowing whether students are proficient in writing, especially since barely half of Texas ninth-graders passed this year’s STAAR writing exam on the first try?

 

Writing, after all, is fundamental to critical thinking. Steve Graham, an Arizona State University professor, studies its impact on student development. Here’s his take:

“Good writing is a complex process involving skillful planning, evaluation and revisions as well as the mastery of a host of writing skills including handwriting, typing, spelling, grammar, and sentence and paragraph construction. Students must acquire these fundamental writing processes and skills in order to create clear, compelling, and engaging text that persuades, informs, or tells a good story.”

 

A recent essay by Graham makes clear that he also is worried about what will happen if the Senate passes HB 2836:

“If this becomes law, students will face a single high-stakes writing test to graduate high school, without the benefit of earlier low-stakes tests to inform parents, teachers, and students of their progress towards writing proficiency.”

 

…Being able to communicate is a prerequisite to moving ahead after college or high school.Research from the National Writing Project, Graham says, shows 93 percent of white-collar and 80 percent of blue-collar workers contend that writing well is essential to their careers.

 

Yet here we are in Texas, ready to take writing out of our early testing loop. This could set up our kids for failure.

 

I just don’t see how this is a good thing, any more than the Legislature walking away from demanding high school degree plans. Not when education is so central to getting Texas’ future right — as well as that of the United States.

 =======

 5.6.13

 Texas Senate Votes To Roll Back High-Stakes Testing in High School”

By TERRENCE STUTZ

Austin Bureau

Excerpts from this article:

 

AUSTIN — High-stakes testing of high school students would be rolled back sharply under legislation that the Senate approved Monday.

 

Students would have to pass only five end-of-course tests to graduate — instead of the current 15 — under the Senate bill, which also revamps graduation requirements.

 

The legislation is similar to a bill the House has already endorsed, and differences will have to be negotiated with just three weeks left in lawmakers’ session.

 

But the bills set up Texas students for another sweeping change in school standards. It comes as a response to teachers’ and parents’ complaints about too much testing but also raises criticism that the state that pioneered tough accountability measures is pulling back.

 

…Under the Senate proposal, high school students would have to pass exams in English I and II, Algebra I, biology and U.S. history to receive a diploma. Ten other exams that students must now pass — such as English III and Algebra II — would no longer be required.

 

Although Gov. Rick Perry had voiced support for keeping more of the end-of-course tests, the best he could do was retain the English III and Algebra II exams as optional for school districts. The Senate bill would make the exams diagnostic. Students would not have to pass them to graduate, nor would they count in school performance ratings.

 

The Senate bill also would replace current graduation requirements with a new system under which students would select one of multiple paths to graduation, called “endorsements.” They include arts and humanities, business and industry, science and math, and distinguished achievement.

 

All students would have to take at least four years of English and three years each of math, science and social studies for the basic “foundation” diploma. Students would take additional math, science and social studies depending on their graduation path. But they could also take the minimum course load, if their parents approved.

 

Currently, most students take four years of study in English, math, science and social studies.

 

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond criticized the Senate bill, saying the weaker requirements will “doom generations of students to a mediocre education and low-wage jobs.”

 

…Senators approved more than two dozen amendments before passing the bill, including the option for school districts to use the English III and Algebra II end-of-course tests. The two exams are considered strong indicators of college readiness, but they would no longer have to be passed by students to graduate.

 

“This will give school districts important feedback on the college readiness of their students,” said Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who offered the amendment. If districts choose to use the exams, the cost will be covered by the state.

 

Another change would drop an earlier plan to rate all individual campuses with letter grades instead of the current designations — exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable. But school districts as a whole would receive letter grades…

 

COMPARISON: Two versions of bill

Major provisions in the House and Senate education bills:

 

END-OF-COURSE TESTS

House: English II reading, English II writing, Algebra I, biology and U.S. history

Senate: English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S. history

 

CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

House: 24

Senate: 26 

 

RATINGS FOR DISTRICTS, CAMPUSES

House: Switch to letter grades for both districts and campuses

Senate: Switch to letter grades only for districts; campuses keep current ratings of exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable

 

GRADUATION PATHS

House: Arts and humanities, business and industry, science and math, distinguished achievement, public services and multidisciplinary studies

Senate: Leaves out public services and multidisciplinary studies

=========== 

5.2.13 – “Dumbing Down Communication Costs Lives” – by Donna Garner —  http://educationviews.org/dumbing-down-communication-costs-lives/

 ===========

4.30.13 – “Texas Legislature Mucking Up Education” – by Donna Garner —http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/texas-legislature-mucking-up-education-by-donna-garner-4-30-13?xg_source=activity

 Stop CSCOPE Banner

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM

Join WomenOnTheWall.org WBTM radio show Monday morning from 10 am to 11 am. 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

Follow @AliceLinahan on twitter and Facebook 

Voices Empower has partnered the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

Women On The Wall.org

___________________________________________

Voices Empower

Check Out Voices Empower Articles .

  Please attribute to Alice Linahan  with Voices Empower

 

 

Knowledge is Power~ Click and share with your friends!

Moving Forward ~ Tonight in Argyle, Tx Pastor Stephen Broden is speaking along with Alice Linahan

Date posted: November 12, 2012

As I said in the article entitled  The Lessons ~ The Blessings and The Fears~ Election 2012 “Folks it is time to get to work for our country. I am going to start in my own back yard and I challenge you to do the same.”

Photo courtsey of Pastor Stephen Broden’s Facebook Page

Tonight you are invited to come and hear Senior Pastor Stephen Broden, founder of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in 1987 and Founder of the Constitutional Defenders of Texas in 2012 speak about the on-going abuses of our Constitution and the principals set in place by our Founding Fathers. The Constitutional Defenders is a Dallas, Texas based group dedicated to holding our elected Representatives accountable to their Oath of Office, while remaining focused on the United States Constitution in all of their business conduct.

Come be inspired by Pastor Broden, as he motivates us to take action to keep our liberties.

NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION!!

Liberty Christian School

1301 S. HWY 377 Argyle, TX 76226 

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Drive to Navy Parking area in back of school:

After Pastor Broden Speaks I will speak about where we go from here….

First order of business~ Texas Speaker Showdown 

Texans are tired at the State level just like we are at the National level with elected officials who disregard rules and the voice of the people.

Please take the time to watch this video made to expose the good ol’ boy Pledge Card system in Texas and the corruption in Texas politics at the hand of Speaker Joe Straus.

Below are some article you can read about what is currently happening on the ground with the Texas Speakers race.

New revelations have come out on Red State by Erik Erikson  

Private Emails From Texas Speaker Joe Straus’s Office Reveal War Against Conservatives

Call your Texas State Representative and say……….

Young Conservatives of Texas PAC Endorses Rep. Bryan Hughes for Speaker

“Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has a simple plan for the coming legislative session: spend more, on a lot. Tax relief? Nowhere in his plans.” ~ Michael Quinn Sullivan

Straus’ Session: Spend, Spend, Spend

Next Order of Business The Issue that Brings us Together ~ National Security

We are not going to elect someone to save us that is apparent. Therefore we must save ourselves. I have been saying this for a while.  I encourage you to watch the videos at www.WomenOnTheWall.org. It is even more a reality now that we have re-elected a man who watched the murder of 4 American soldiers, lied about it and the media let him get away with it. If you can donate to help us stand on the wall please do, if you can’t please still watch and share it with others so we can get the numbers up on the videos.

Women On the Wall National Security Video

Click photo to watch Women On the Wall’s Video

 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

I urge you to take the time to listen to the message Bryan Hughes gave Texans at the Freedom Rally at the Alamo, then you decide who is the most Conservative Speaker in the Texas House and if it is worth your time to make a difference by calling your State Rep. Our only hope is to fight off the Federal government led by Obama by putting people in place who are not afraid to take on big issues and face reality of what is happening in America.

Make sure your Texas House Representative or Representative-elect hears from you on this issue!” Here is a list of them.

Alice Linahan

Follow @AliceLinahan on twitter and Facebook 

Voices Empower has partnered with the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

___________________________________________

Voices Empower

Check Out Voices Empower Articles  .

  Please attribute to Alice Linahan  with Voices Empower

Knowledge is Power~ Click and share with your friends!