Emergency Alert: SB 313 To Mess with Texas School Children

Jun 1, 2015 by

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“Emergency Alert: SB 313 To Mess with Texas School Children”  

by Donna Garner

6.1.15

 

Texas Sen. Seliger/Rep. Aycock’s SB 313 would “mess with Texas school children” by assaulting the  underpinnings of our Texas public schools.  These legislators ignored the concerns of Texas citizens and ruthlessly passed SB 313 last night at a time when most Texans thought the work of the legislature was finished.

 

SB 313 now lies on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. If we want to rescue our Texas public school children, the time is right now! 

 

If we care about the future of our children and of our state, we must contact Gov. Greg Abbott NOW.  We do not know when he might decide on SB 313.  I have put Gov. Abbott’s

contact information at the end of this alert.

 

TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR COMMENTS

 

The one thing that is protecting our Texas public school children from completely being taken over by the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) is our Texas curriculum standards (TEKS). 

 

The elected members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) from 2008 – 2012 managed to pass Type #1 TEKS (Texas’ curriculum standards). These Type #1 TEKS form the foundation upon which everything else in our Texas public schools is built (curriculum, tests, teacher training, college prep, teacher evaluations, etc.). 

 

Our Type #1 TEKS  are the most fact-based, academic, clearly stated, grade-level-specific, measurable curriculum standards of any state in the entire United States because before the first word was written, the Type #1 parameters were set in place by the SBOE.  

 

 

CHART – TYPE #1 vs. TYPE #2 PHILOSOPHIES OF EDUCATION — http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

 

 

SB 313 would tear apart these Type #1 TEKS and would open the door for Type #2 to replace them, thus indoctrinating the future leaders of our state into Obama’s social justice agenda – just like what we see in every other state that moved into the Common Core Standards Initiative. That would destroy the conservative base in Texas as these children become uneducated, ill-informed voters and workers.  What could be more serious than this for the future of our state and nation? 

 

SB 313 is not wanted; SB 313 is not needed.  There is only one purpose for SB 313, and that is to change the Type #1 TEKS into the Type #2 philosophy of education, driving it into the minds of approximately 6 million Texas public school children each school year!  

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES FROM WHICH YOU MAY CUT, COPY, AND PASTE

 

Bill Ames has written an excellent article that explains the seriousness of this effort in the Texas legislature to hijack our Social Studies TEKS and redirect instructional materials into revisionist history.  5.21.15 – “House Bills Set To Strip Texas Students of Their American Patriotism” – by Bill Ames – Texas Insiderhttp://www.texasinsider.org/education-update-reject-house-bill-2811/

 

A concerned group of Texas leaders came together this last weekend to compile an Opposition Letter to SB 313.  Their letter was distributed to the full House before the final vote yesterday. Please see the precise list of concerns that these leaders stated in their letter:

 

5.31.15 – Opposition Letter to SB 313 – Sent by Texas leaders to House members – http://txvaluesaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/SB-313-letter-May31.pdf

 

[*Please add to the list David Bradley (Texas State Board of Education member) and Donna Garner (Retired Teacher, Education Activist).  They could not be contacted in time to sign the Opposition letter.]

 

Last night, when the House took its vote, a total of 50 members took the Opposition Letter seriously and voted against SB 313; however, 86 House members chose to ignore the Texas leaders’ concerns.

 

5.31/15 – House Record Vote (Unofficial) — http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/RecordVote.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB313&RcdVtNo=1795&Ch=H&Dt=05/31/2015

 

5.31.15 – Senate Record Vote (not yet available) –

 

OTHER RESOURCES TO USE

 

5.25.15 – “Open Letter to the Texas Legislature — Education bills — SB 313/HB 2811” – by Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/open-letter-tex-lege-stop-bad-ed-bills-sb-313hb-2811/

 

 

5.26.15 – “125 Texas House Members on SB 313 Gave Texas a Wedgie” – by Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/terrible-sb-313-passed-tex-senate-today-gov-abbott-signature/

 

5.26.15 – “Seliger’s SB 313 Still Alive” – Texas Eagle Forum Alerthttp://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0a6e189a54bb42a6b52b5729e&id=7d24b79266&e=46a50e0654

 

 

TYPE #1 TEKS SET LEGAL PRECEDENT

           

Currently Texas has a firm foundation in the TEKS as adopted by the SBOE and mandated by the Texas Education Code (TEC – Title 2. Public Education — http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/?link=ED). 

 

However, SB 313 makes it appear as if Texas has two sets of legally adopted curriculum standards – the TEKS and the College-and-Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).  The CCRS document was put together by Type #2, leftist professors who tried very hard some years ago to get their document passed.  It was not passed and is not a legally binding document. Texas has one set of curriculum standards and that set is called the TEKS.

 

The SBOE members deliberately and intentionally embedded elements into the TEKS which would prepare students for college and careers at each grade level K – 12.  Even the U. S. Department of Education and Achieve, Inc. signed off on our TEKS as being college-and-career ready.

 

Unfortunately, this does not mean that all Texas educators are teaching the TEKS;  but at least the public, using the Texas Education Code as legal precedent, can demand that their local school districts teach the TEKS.  If we lose the foundation (the Type #1 TEKS), then upon what would local parents stand?  

 

 

TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE

 

It is not too late today because SB 313 has not yet been signed by Gov. Abbott.  If we cannot persuade him to veto it, we will lose any chance whatsoever to retrieve our Texas public schools from going down the same path as we see in so many other states. 

 

We have to mount a huge letter-writing/contact campaign against SB 313 to convince Gov. Abbott not to sign this damaging piece of legislation. SB 313 is not needed.

 

CONTACTING GOV. GREG ABBOTT

 

5.31.15 — See enrolled version of SB 313 sent to Gov. Abbott — http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB313

 

Contact information for Gov. Greg Abbott — https://gov.texas.gov/contact/

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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8 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Jean Scott

    Please uphold Gov. Perry’s tradition of protecting the SBOE and Texas education and veto SB313.

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    Norma Jeter

    Dear Governor Abbott – I regretted that I did not get a chance to mention (in addition to HB 4105 which we discussed) a request to veto SB 313 when visiting with you at Judge Debra Mayfield’s investiture in your office! I would like to do so now, however, even though I did leave a phone request earlier

    Texas conservative activists hold in the highest regard our conservative SBOE members and their diligence in protecting the high education standards they (and we) have fought to achieve in the past 20 years. It is extremely disheartening to think that you may be surrounded by the voices of organizations and legislators who attempt every session to tear down the significance and authority of our elected SBOE officials. There are organizations and their favored legislators who work continually to persuade pockets of influence to sway the rest of the legislators and higher elected officials to buy their story. Up until now Governor Perry has recognized this and protected the SBOE and education in Texas. We are horrified at the thought that this might be changing.

    I urge you to consider the voices of uprising that would be unleashed in Texas once conservatives realize the impact of this destructive bill. If signed, it will be in opposition to your strongest conservative voters in the House, a disappointing few in the Senate, and legions across the state who continually work passionately to protect the SBOE’s hard-fought victories–these conservatives also worked passionately for your election. It is consistently egregious that we elect conservative SBOE members, who valiantly and expertly achieve landmark strides within the SBOE Board membership to protect education in Texas, only to watch it being attacked and torn apart by the political maneuvers of a fairly small but influential group of legislators–mostly under the influence of lobbyists. We fully expected a more successful outcome this session, and are hopeful you will consider our plea to VETO this destructive and unnecessary bill, SB 313.

    Your friend and long-time supporter,
    Norma Jeter
    SD 7 Volunteer of the Year, 2013
    Harris County Volunteer of the Year, 2014
    Texas Tea Party Republican Women, Communication & VP Legislative
    Spring, Texas
    njeter@family.net
    281-414-4243

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    PTimothy Underwood

    Gov. Abbott:
    Thank you for representing us so well thus far as our governor! Please stand with us and our children, and veto SB313! It pretends to, but does NOT protect the values we hold dear as Texans, and want to be able to convey to our children!

    Respectfully,

    P. Timothy Underwood

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    Martha Jacob

    Governor Abbott,

    I beg you, please veto this bill.

    Martha (Marty) Jacob

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    JoBeth Bock

    Governor Abbott,

    I respectfully ask you to veto this bill.

    JoBeth Bock

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    Donna Day

    Governor Abbot I strongly oppose SB 313 and hope that you will consider what the passing of this means to the education of our children in TX.

    Respectfully, Donna

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    Wesley Williams

    Governor Abbott,

    I respectfully ask you to veto this bill.

    Wesley Williams

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    Sheila Williams

    Governor Abbott,

    I respectfully ask you to veto this bill.

    Sheila Williams

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