Education

“You can’t grow your economy if you don’t have an educated workforce.” – Those words from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick could not be more true. Texas is leading the way with bold, conservative education reform that ditches the idea of “college for all” and instead gives students and their parents multiple pathways to a career. Teachers, administrators and students must be held accountable for competent performance. The system should be free from undue bias, which can distort students' perspectives on the world they must interact with to be competitive in a global market.
This is Part II of my personal interview with Tom Pauken who is seeking the position for Governor of Texas. We must not be blind to the achievements and failures of our Texas leadership at such a critical time as now....
During the November 2012 election, several students claim that Lumberton High School teacher Michelle Champagne paraded around the high school wearing a shirt with a picture of Barack Obama and "Vote Obama" written above the...
Dan Patrick, Republican State Senator and Senate Education Committee Chair, introduced an education reform bill, S.B. 2, in this 83rd session of the Texas State legislature that supports an expansion of the number of charter...
This mother addressed the Lumberton School Board at the 3/7/2013 meeting. This meeting was attended by many Lumberton parents who wanted to talk about the Muslim Burqa Lesson incident and the District's use of the flawed...
Senator Dan Patrick (SD7), chair of the powerful Senate Education Committee, has recently introduced legislation that would open up the strangle-hold government-sponsored monopoly that the education establishment enjoys in...
If you have not heard, a rogue group hidden within one-and-then-more regional service centers (RSC) of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) called CSCOPE (no particular acronym meaning, except that software possibly started from...
For the past five years, I’ve had the honor of representing you as Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). As many of you know, I’m leaving the Workforce Commission this month, but I will...
Wow, I don’t even know what to say. I just read a news story by John Griffing on WND.com about my very own Hometown High School in Lumberton, TX (Lumberton ISD) making students wear Muslim Burqas as part of a history class...
One of the trends we've been watching closely is the shift in attitudes when it comes to the "college for all" mentality that has dominated public policy in recent decades. Now, a plan in support of that shift is picking up...
Texas lawmakers have decided they want to rein in a controversial public school curriculum content and management system that at one point taught “Allah is God.” Most of the state’s classrooms, some 80 percent, are using the...
A group called Parents for Liberty is starting a network to connect families that genuinely can’t homeschool their children with parents who are willing to take on an extra child to supplement their income. Check it out....
From the moment I first brought up the flawed Texas CSCOPE curriculum to the Lumberton School Board over two months ago, and through the national controversy over the Lumberton Muslim Burqa School Lesson a month ago, I never...
The enormous meeting room at the Gaylord National Hotel where Marco Rubio gave his speech on this first day of CPAC 2013 was packed to standing room only, with loads of young enthusiastic voters, and supporters of all ages...
Lumberton ISD School Board Meeting 3/7/2013Superintendent Valastro responds to angry parents who packed the meeting demanding answers to many questions. Some parents were upset that the School uses CSCOPE, which has...
Last year, I took two courses from Hillsdale College on the Constitution. This course is similar to what many Hillsdale students take, but what intrigued me was not just the course itself, as excellent as it was, but the...
West Point has a fine and storied tradition: President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the military academy in 1802.The same Thomas Jefferson who often repeated the John Bradshaw quote:Rebellion to tyrants...
There have been lots of updates after I posted this article this morning: Lumberton ISD (Texas) Students Told to Wear Muslim Burqas in CSCOPE High School Lesson. Here are the updates:Although Texas CSCOPE has had major...
I submitted written testimony today on Texas House Bill 5. The bill, authored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen, is being discussed in committee this afternoon.HB 5 replaces the...
We've been telling you about the push in Austin to bring balance to the Texas education system. Many feel there's too much emphasis on sending every single student to college and not enough recognition that the skilled...
Judging from the first few weeks of the new Texas legislative session, lawmakers are responding to calls for major education reform. Employers, educators, and parents have been calling on our state elected officials to allow...

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