UPDATE ON Donna Garner’s UPDATE — TEXAS LEGISLATURE — 10:53 A. M. — 6.28.11
The charter school safeguards were not included in the SB 1 Conference Committee Report; therefore, please call your own state Senator and Representative and ask them to vote “NO” on the SB Conference Committee Report. This CR is on the House and Senate Calendar for today, Tuesday.
We do not want our tax dollars going to pay for any more Gulen Turkish Harmony Schools —
1. Proof of US citizenship for all charter school operator board members and top 5 highest paid administrators. (public ISD trustees must be US citizens)
2. Names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and top 5 highest paid administrators. (KIPP Charter Schools already does)
3. Check registers posted online. (Over 70 % of local ISD dollars are online.)
SB 6 was evidently voted on today. Unfortunately the Conference Committee Report with only “review and comment” — not “reject” — was passed. This means that open-source materials written by college professors tied to “fuzzy/reform math” and leftist positions can submit their curriculum materials to the elected Texas State Board of Education members, but they will not be able to REJECT them. This is a terrible loss of authority for our SBOE members and leaves our public school students vulnerable to whatever agenda is included in the open-source materials (e.g., UT Dana Center, leftist national organizations, contraceptive education in health standards, etc.).
A second part of that Conference Committee Report that was passed does give the SBOE 90 days to remove instructional materials from the Commissioner’s list if those materials do not align with the standards and/or have other deficiencies.
Another update is that HB 79 was passed by the Senate but without Rep. Berman’s foreign-law ban. However, the House still has to vote either to approve/concur with this change. Please call your House members immediately and ask them to vote against taking Rep. Berman’s foreign-law ban out of HB 79. We must protect our state from Sharia and international law from guiding our Texas courts.
Legislative Update from Donna Garner…..
Here is where we stand today, Tuesday, 6.28.11, in the Texas Legislature:
SB 1 (school revenue/finance bill) — final debate scheduled in both houses today — please call legislators — add these three provisions — do not want our tax dollars going to pay for any more Gulen Turkish Harmony Schools —
- 1. Proof of US citizenship for all charter school operator board members and top 5 highest paid administrators. (public ISD trustees must be US citizens)
- 2. Names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and top 5 highest paid administrators. (KIPP Charter Schools already does)
- 3. Check registers posted online. (Over 70 % of local ISD dollars are online.)
SB 6 — please call Texas Legislators — vote against the SB 6 Conference Report unless it gives authority to the elected SBOE members to review, comment, and REJECT open-source instructional materials (e.g., curriculum written by leftist college professors, “fuzzy/reform math,” etc,)
Sanctuary cities bill on life support — please call Texas Legislators — enforce federal laws against illegal immigration — sanctuary cities are a perversion against federal law For Information read.
SUMMARY OF OTHER BILLS
House and Senate — different wording on “groping” bill — Sen. Patrick urges House to pass Senate version so bill does not die completely.
SB 2 (tied to SB 1) headed to Gov. Perry’s desk — Rep. Donna Howard’s raid on Rainy Day Fund stripped away — kudos to conservatives who put pressure on House members
SB 8 (teacher furloughs, reduced pay, loss of seniority status) — passed both houses
SB 7 (healthcare savings bill, anti-abortions, defunds Planned Parenthood) – sent to Gov. Perry’s desk
HB 79 — Rep. Leo Berman — no use of Sharia or foreign law in Texas courts — sent to Gov. Perry’s desk
HB 3 — Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) — close to House and Senate compromise — double damages against TWIA for intentional bad conduct…no 18% penalty against TWIA
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By Mike Ward, Kate Alexander and Tim Eaton