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Texas Social Studies Textbook Adoption Victory Only Skin Deep

On Friday, November 21, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) rendered its final decisions in on the new Social Studies instructional materials up for adoption. Following a contentious multi-month process fraught with attacks from education progressives like the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), the SBOE voted 10-5 to approve new materials that retained coverage of Moses and Judeo-Christian principles and their impact on American law, government and its founding. A celebrated victory, albeit the realities of Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) point to a win that may only be skin deep. Nov 23, 2014 5:42 AM PT

Obama's Executive Amnesty: Impact on Public Schools Shadowy

President Barack Obama unilaterally ordered the most comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system, granting five million of the nation's 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in the United States legal status. In his November 20 address, he effectively told illegal immigrants that they can "come out of the shadows" but his call for transparency is railroaded by federal laws and Obama administration add-ons that will keep the impact of his executive amnesty on K-12 public education, including pre-kindergarten, buried deep in the shadows. Nov 21, 2014 11:15 AM PT

Ten Texas School Superintendents Honored at White House Digital Education Summit

One hundred public school superintendents nationwide were invited to the White House for the inaugural digital education summit ConnectED to the Future on November 19. Ten percent of them were from Texas. That means, 10 of the school district officials who attended were from the Lone Star state -- two from Denton County in North Texas alone. Nov 20, 2014 9:06 AM PT

Texas Drowning In School Bond Debt, $75B Before Interest

Already on the hook for $65 billion in outstanding school bond debt approved and issued between 2007-2013, Texans voted in more mega-school bond debt statewide in 2014 that will pile nearly $10 billion more onto the statewide property tax payer tab. For public school debt alone, Texans will owe almost $75 billion -- before interest. Nov 17, 2014 6:19 AM PT

Arabic Immersion School Coming to Texas

The Houston Independent School District (ISD) will be adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in Fall 2015. The district's Board of Education voted unanimously to approve plans for the new specialty public school campus at its November 13 meeting. Nov 16, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Progressives Pushing Politics Right Up To Texas Textbook Adoption Day

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will vote to adopt new K-12 social studies textbooks, instructional and online materials on Friday, November 21 in Austin. This final week of the multi-month social studies textbook adoption process is not for the weary. Progressives continue to relentlessly push their politics, still trying to influence the public and shape the narrative in a fight over ideology and content. Nov 15, 2014 5:59 AM PT

Texas Rep Capriglione Angers Tea Party Group After Expressing Support for Speaker Straus

DALLAS, Texas -- A Texas State Representative, Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), shocked Tea Party activists in Fort Worth Monday night, November 10, when he declared he would be supporting the current Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, instead of the Tea Party favorite son, State Representative Scott Turner (R-Rockwall). The announcement came during the NE Tarrant Tea Party final meeting of 2014 as a pre-84th Texas legislative session panel discussion on the upcoming race for the Speakership in the Texas House. Nov 11, 2014 1:20 PM PT

Progressive Bias Rampant In Texas Textbooks

DALLAS, Texas -- On the week of November 17-21, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) will reconvene for a final week of meetings in the ongoing Social Studies textbook adoption process. Called Proclamation 2015 to reflect the 2015-16 school year that these instructional materials will be implemented. The Social Studies textbooks were last updated last in 2002. Nov 9, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Tea Party Takes Wendy Davis' Senate Seat, Konni Burton Wins

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It was a major victory for conservatives at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Stockyards when Tea Party favorite Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) won Senate District 10, the state senate district seat that has been occupied by Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) since 2009. Nov 4, 2014 8:16 PM PT

California Grassroots Groups 'Unveil' Common Core's Unanswered Questions

DALLAS, TX -- Across California, grassroots groups have come together to address growing concerns with the Common Core State Standards. The state adopted them in 2010. The 2013-14 school year served as a trial run for the implementation of the nationwide standards and testing. This year, it all became official. Nov 3, 2014 5:25 AM PT

Texas City's Sales Tax Funded Pre-K Center Canceled Halloween

DALLAS, Texas -- On October 28, the North Education Center in San Antonio sent pre-kindergarten students home with a letter from the school's director about a new school policy about Halloween. North is one of four campuses that is part of the city run and sales tax funded Pre-K for SA. It is former mayor turned HUD Czar Julian Castro's signature early education program. Nov 2, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Burton Campaign Ad Calls Out Liberal Opponent Willis For Texas Trial Lawyer Ties

DALLAS, Texas -- The campaign of Senate District 10 (SD 10) conservative front runner Konni Burton called out Democratic opponent Libby Willis for taking $500,000 from special interest personal injury trial lawyers in an ad on the final days of the state senate race. Outlets like the Texas Tribune and Quorum Report balked at the ad but this is exactly what Willis did. Nov 1, 2014 10:35 AM PT

Anti-Fracking Former Mayor Still Clings To Debunked Environmental Report

DALLAS, Texas -- FrackNation filmmaker Phelim McAleer came to Texas to take on Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of the Denton County town of Dish, a not so vocal anti-fracking activist these days. It was billed as the Great Fracking Debate and was held on Monday, October 27. The anti-fracking activist group FrackDallas sponsored this event which took place as North Texas residents in Denton began heading to early voting polls to determine whether or not to impose a countywide fracking ban. Oct 30, 2014 5:27 AM PT

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