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Urgent Action-Save Texas Schools Legislative Update

Urgent Action-Save Texas Schools Legislative Update

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.comUrgent Action-Save Texas SchoolsLegislative Update
LtGov Dewhurst:
"Education is Our Freedom and Freedom Should BeEverybody's Business" 
is the motto which Dr. Hector P. Garcia (Founder) chosefor the American GI Forum - and for good reason.
Our children’s education –
 
and their future
 
 –
should not be
FOR SALE 
 
to the “for profit” millionaire charter school
profiteers. With The State of Texas at the bottom of the other 49 states ineducation and a school drop-out rate of up to 70% in some of our schools, nopolitician in her/his right mind, should be removing even one cent, from publicschool funding.Those who shamelessly place their personal or political financial gain ahead of our
children’s education
-
and I’m not just talking about
unscrupulous
,
 profiteering politicians
 
 –
as those who illegally removed $5.4 Billion from the Permanent
Education Fund, are in fact robbing our children’s future, and should be ashamed
of themselves.
We “pay now –
 
or (our innocent children will) pay later.”
That $5.4 Billion dollars need to be placed back in the Permanent Education
Fund…. no ifs, ands or buts. It’s too obvious that this amount was removed from
education, so that public school districts in poor neighborhoods would go
bankrupt, to open the door for “SUPER
-
HEROES” charter sc
hools could then move
in “to save the day,” taking advantage of taxpayer
-paid public school buildings, to:
 
Profit handsomely from public structures, without having to spend moneyto build their own schools.
 
To “indoctrinate” vs “educate” our children w
ith their politically/religiouslystructured text material.Our public school system, for centuries, has educated some of the best medicaldoctors, scientists, educators, astronauts and yes, even a few honest politicians.As we used to say in the militar
y, “Why fix it, if it ain’t broke?”
 
 I urge you to allow this bill to be voted on, instead of catering to those who putlarge contributions in your political fund. We will be watching your actionsclosely.Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam VeteranDr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org. Inc.
From:
Save Texas Schools [info=savetxschools.org@nationbuilder.com]
On Behalf Of 
Save TexasSchools
Sent:
Thursday, May 02, 2013 10:52 PM
To:
Placido Salazar
Subject:
Urgent Action-Save Texas Schools Legislative Update
Dear Save Texas Schools Supporter,
We’re in last few weeks of the legislative session, a time when things move quickly and unpredictably. Bills wethought were dead may be resurrected as amendments to other bills. Legislation that wasn’t on
the radar may poponto the House or Senate floor with little warning.Through the work of public school advocates like you, there has been significant progress this session to restorefunding and pare back standardized tests, but gains in either area could be erased at any time over the comingweeks.Please stay alert and be ready to respond quickly to any calls to action
 – 
and please keep up the message to restorethe full $5.4 billion in funding that was cut! The message is getting through.
Take 10 For Kids and Schools!
 
Today, we’re asking you to take ten minutes for six urgent action items:
 
1. Contact Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to let House Bill 5 to come to the Senate floor for animmediate vote
. HB 5 significantly reduces the number of required End of Course exams (EOCs) from 15 to 5 and provides more flexibility for graduation requirements, allowing students to pursue academic interests in greater 
depth. We can’t let Dewhurst sit on this one! Please call or email t
he Lieutenant Governor at 512-463-0001 or http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php
2. Contact your State Senator to vote FOR House Bill 5 when it comes to the floor, and AGAINST anyamendments that would allow more than five end-of-course exams (EOCs).
3. Email the members of the Senate Education Committee to vote YES on House Bill 2836 and allow it tomove on for a final vote of the full Senate
. This important bill reduces the number of standardized tests for students in grades 3-8. It also cuts back on the amount of required testing time and limits the number of benchmark tests a district can administer to these younger students. The bill passed unanimously in the House
 – 
 
now we’ve got
to get it out of committee and onto the Senate floor! Email all committee members by pasting the below block of 
addresses into your “to” line.
 
 
4. Contact your House Rep to vote NO on Senate Bill 1718.
This bill would allow public schools to be takenaway from local school districts and given to private charter operators after three consecutive years of low performance (remember that Texas schools may be labeled low performing if as few as one or two students fail in asingle testing area). It would completely remove schools from local control and is similar to a Louisiana law that hasresulted in the lowest performing district in that state, with massive charter failures affecting thousands of students.Find your House rep athttp://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
5. Contact the House Public Education Committee to vote NO on House Bill 300.
This bill would allow agubernatorial appointee to remove schools
from local school boards and turn them over to “alternative governance.”Under this bill, the schools would not have to hire certified teachers, could apply “selective” admissions
requirements, and would be free to ignore the state curriculum, class size caps, attendance requirements, and the
state’s own accountability system. Yet all this would be paid for with state funding, further draining badly needed
6. Contact House Public Education Committee to vote NO on SB 1263 and HB 2976
.
 
Both of these so-called
“parent trigger” bills would allow schools to be removed from locally elected school boards and turned over to
 private charter operators, with no accountability once that occurs. They would likely hit low-income campuses thehardest. Please contact committee members at:Jimmie.Aycock@House.state.tx.usAlma.Allen@House.state.tx.usJohn.Davis@House.state.tx.usJoe.Deshotel@House.state.tx.us

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