Redistricting in Texas, What’s Wrong with the Lines?

MY email to: Honorable members of House/Senate Committee on Redistricting, Select,

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to watch my state government in action from the comfort of my home, which is 220 miles and a 3 & ½ hour drive from the Capitol. Streaming the committee hearings live and also the archived meetings is extremely educational and informative.

I have watched the senate and house redistricting committee hearings these last 2 days and I want to attempt to summarize my opinion in as few words as possible. Please answer these questions:

1.) What does the color of skin or nation of origin have to do with voting rights? Continue reading

School Vouchers in Texas; more opinions and information…

The claimed object of private school vouchers is to break up the failing policies in public education (elementary and secondary), specifically targeting the inner-city children.  One should look at what other states have proposed to see how many variables Continue reading

Texas Legislators are filing bills – NOW!

Please begin looking at the bills being filed in Austin, to get a feel for how our legislators are/are not pushing back against federal encroachment (nullification of unconstitutional actions).

 1.) go to the Texas Legislature online main page: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

2.)  middle column, under Additional Searches…click on “Reports

 3.) click on  General Reports” tab

 4.) “Legislature Based” – make the dropdown menu read “83rdR-2012

 5.) Click on the chamber you want to look at – “Filed House Bills” -or- “Filed Senate Bills

QUESTIONS and CONCERNS on Private School Vouchers

I am concerned about the un-intended consequences of helping lower income families send their children to private k-12 campuses, over the long term.

  • Who will decide who gets a voucher?
    • The elected government body?
      • TX Legislators
      • County Appraiser
      • Local ISD Board
    • Some appointed/unelected bureaucrat?
      • State appointed Board
      •  County appointed board
      • Local appointed board
  • Will vouchers be offered to all children ages 4 through 18?

Texas Private School Vouchers

The academics in public education have eroded over the past 60 years but the consistent difference between public campuses and private ones is not the academics but more importantly it’s the social policies that Continue reading