TCGC LETTER: Requesting Immediate Executive Action: Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration by the Texas Secretary of State

Requesting Immediate Executive Action: 
Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration
by the Texas Secretary of State

READ TCGC LETTER

 


Voter Integrity Press Conference - August 16, 2018

JoAnn Fleming, GAWTP 
on behalf of the
Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition

and

Aaron Harris, Direct Action of Texas

Click the link below to watch:

Voter Integrity Press Conference


Accountability comes to Texas Public Education

 

State Board of Education Member Keven Ellis told us this would come out today.  Check out how they did. 

Gilmer ISD     B;  

Union Grove ISD     A; 

Union Hill ISD     C; 

Big Sandy ISD     C; 

Harmony ISD     B; 

Gladewater ISD     C; 

Ore City ISD      B; 

New Diana ISD    C; 

Pittsburg  ISD   B; 

Gladewater ISD     C

 

"Today, Texas unveiled a new rating system for public school districts and campuses. Essentially a report card for schools, the system aims to inform parents and educators how schools and districts perform on measures such as achievement and growth.

Improving the performance of public schools is a task fraught with many pitfalls, and while some stakeholders are understandably resisting stricter accountability, the moral and economic imperatives of a competitive world do not simply vanish because of disagreement.

In Texas, 55 percent of third-graders are reading below grade level, and 52 percent are below grade level in math proficiency. Fifty-one percent of eighth-graders in the state also read below grade level, according to the Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, and those figures are declining.

Additionally, a 2018 national assessment ranked Texas 46th in fourth-grade reading (declining), and 42nd in eighth-grade reading (also declining). Furthermore, 84% of Texas high school students fail to obtain a college-ready score on the SAT/ACT.

Passed by the legislature under two house bills, HB 2804 and HB 22, the A-F system assigns letter grades, ‘A’ for exemplary performance, through ‘F’ for unacceptable performance. Campus ratings are based on three factors:

  • Student Achievement: For elementary and middle school students, achievement is solely determined on the basis of STAAR scores. High school achievement will be a composite of STAAR, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rate
  • School Progress: Utilizes the higher score between academic growth (maintaining or improving STAAR proficiency) and relative performance (to other similarly situated schools)
  • Closing the Gaps: Measures various student groups (race, economically disadvantaged, English learners, special education, etc.) via varied components and achievement targets to satisfy federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements

A detailed explanation of each aspect of the A-F Accountability System is available from the Texas Education Agency.

On a fundamental level, it is critically important that lawmakers craft a system of public education that allows all Texas students to learn and grow at grade level or above, but it unsurprisingly has met pushback from educrats more interested in keeping their own jobs than educating our children.

The Texas Association of School Administrators, staunch defenders of the status quo, dedicated webspace to fighting against the system, calling it a “mistake,” and arguing instead for community standards over state scrutiny.

While arguments against a single standardized state test are worth consideration, a patchwork of different community standards robs parents of meaningful comparisons. Additionally, STAAR has undergone recent revisions that give parents more tools, improvement incentives, and teacher input. Fears over the system treating high poverty schools unfairly are also circulating, although those concerns are addressed by the revised system.

This year, only school districts will receive official grades. Individual campus grades will be released in one year; however, interested parties will be able to view each school’s raw score and calculate a letter grade on that basis.

In addition to campus and district ratings, Texans may also view reports on the financial health of their local school district, including the outstanding debt-per-student, as well as the ratio of teachers to administrators and the average teacher salary.

For results and information about school district and campus scores, visit TXschools.org."


FBI agent Peter Strzok fired

 

"Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.

“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”

The FBI declined to comment.

The termination marks a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the bureau who investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and myriad other important cases. In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case; and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against the special counsel investigation into the president’s campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove Strzok from its ranks.

President Trump on Monday used Strzok’s firing to suggest the Russia investigation should be dropped, and the Clinton case redone.

“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI - finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!” he wrote

Minutes later, he added, “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”

On Monday, Strzok’s team launched a GoFundMe page with a lengthy statement to raise money for his “legal costs and lost income,” and said on the site that his firing was “apparently driven by political pressure.” Because Strzok is a senior-level FBI employee, and because the FBI’s No. 2 official directed his firing, he has few realistic avenues left to get back his job. It’s unclear if he plans to pursue legal action against the bureau."


Upshur Sheriff Webb to host Citizen Police Academy

 

County Sheriff Larry Webb has announced that his office will host its second annual Citizen Academy on certain nights between September 6 and October 16. 

For more information, call his office at (903) 843-2541.

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Sheriff Webb will be at ET4L's August 13th's meeting with applications for the Citizen Academy.  Location:  Lantana Activity Center, 80 Lantana Road, Gilmer, Texas.  The program begins at 7:00 pm.  


Cruz Campaign - Volunteers needed

 

Phone Bank and Sign Placement opportunities are organizing
in Upshur County for the
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for re-election campaign. 


If you would like to volunteer, call (903) 500-2292
or email info@easttexansforliberty.com.


Study: patients thought to be in “vegetative state” can be aware and responsive but unable to move their bodies

TRL: What Dr. Owen’s astonishing research shows, Pro-Life advocates already know: disabled patients are still fully human and deserving of nutrition and hydration, ongoing care, and the Right to Life.

"Most people can imagine no more terrifying scenario than being trapped in their bodies, unable to move or communicate, but fully aware of everything that is happening around them.  How would people treat you?  Who would make life and death decisions about your care?  For some people, this is not merely a terrifying hypothetical; this is real life.  New research gives us incredible insights into their inner lives.

Dr. Adrian Owen, author of “Into the Gray Zone,” is a neuroscientist who used brain imaging technology to communicate with people thought to be in a “vegetative state.”  In a video shared on Facebook by the group Freethink, Dr. Owen explains how he was able to communicate with people thought to be totally unaware and unresponsive.

When a certain part of the brain is activated, the brain cells burn glucose, which is replenished by increased blood flow.  This increased blood flow can be seen on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan of the patient’s brain.  Using this information, Dr. Owen and his team were able to perform a very rudimentary form of “mind reading.”

Using healthy subjects and patients with brain injuries, researchers compared brain activity.  First, they had people imagine playing tennis, which in almost all people activates the premotor cortex.  Next, they had people imagine moving from room to room in their homes.  This produces brain activity markedly different from imaging playing tennis, with significant blood flow to the parahippocampal gyrus and other parts of the brain.

Once these two very different patterns of brain activity are established, researchers can substitute one for “yes” and one for “no.”  Patients were instructed to think of playing tennis if the answer to a question was “yes” and think of walking around their homes if the answer was “no.”  The results were astonishing.  Patients described as “vegetative” were able to respond to questions with “yes” or “no”, revealing a level of consciousness that people previously thought impossible.

Dr. Owen explains that 20%, or one in five, of the patients studied demonstrated the ability to respond to questions using this thought technique.  He says, “They’re aware of the situation they’re in, they’re aware of conversations going on around them, they have thoughts, they have emotions, maybe even have feelings about their future, but is largely unable to move any part of their body.”

Dr. Owen describes the developing method of communication with brain-injured patients as a way of giving human dignity.  He says, “Communication is the thing that really makes us human.  If we can give these patients back the ability to make decisions, I think we can give them back a little piece of their humanity.”  However, the brain-injured people never lost their human dignity and they remain fully human whether or not we treat them as such.  The people for whom we care do not loose humanity; we degrade our own if we ignore or mistreat them.  The study shows that at least one in five severely brain-injured patients are aware and responsive, but we are only just beginning to understand what is possible.  Five out of five brain-injured patients deserves the Right to Life and respectful care.

This is not surprising to the many families who have helped a brain-injured family member.  For example, the family of Terri Schiavo outspokenly fought for her Right to Life when the state of Florida allowed her to be starved and dehydrated to death in 2005.  Terri Schiavo suffered a brain injury in 1990.  She breathed on her own, appeared to respond to her parents, and was expected to live for many years.  Nonetheless, her estranged husband fought to withhold basic sustenance.  After 14 days without nutrition and hydration, Terri died.

Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, together with Terri’s brother, Bobby, and sister, Suzanne, have worked tirelessly to preserve her legacy.  The injustice and inhumanity of Terri’s imposed death inspired the grieving family to found the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.  The Life & Hope Network offers families with a medically vulnerable loved one a 24/7 hotline for assistance in fighting denial of treatment.  Through this hotline, the group has assisted thousands of patients.  The Life & Hope Network also works through advocacy on legislation including: the right to food and water, the presumption of the will to live, due process against denial of care, protection from euthanasia as a form of medicine, and access to rehabilitative care.

What Dr. Owen’s astonishing research shows, Pro-Life advocates already know: disabled patients are still fully human and deserving of nutrition and hydration, ongoing care, and the Right to Life.  Dr. Owen’s innovative process of communication may help patients receive the care they need and deserve."

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TX Legislature must take control of the Alamo

 

Agree?  Tell your Representatives below.


The Alamo is a sacred shrine, made so by the blood of brave men who gave their lives for the cause of liberty. Texans believe the Alamo must be protected and preserved.

In the midst of a $450 million plan to renovate the Alamo battlefield and construct an Alamo museum, liberals on the San Antonio City Council appear hell bent on obstructing improvements while diminishing or destroying symbols honoring the Alamo’s defenders.

The Alamo belongs to all Texans, not just to the citizens of San Antonio or their representatives on the San Antonio City Council. While many Texans have differing perspectives on the proper way to protect and preserve the Alamo battlefield, they should all agree ultimate control over those decisions should be made by the entire State of Texas, not liberal bureaucrats in one city. City governments exist and operate at the pleasure of the State of Texas, not the other way around.

The Texas Legislature must pass legislation seizing control and authority over the entire Alamo battlefield, including existing structures and surrounding areas. With statewide control, oversight, and accountability of the Alamo, we can ensure that appropriate restoration work is done to the site and investments made while protecting historic symbols and preserving proper dignity and reverence for the heroes of the Alamo.

Sign the petition today. Tell your representatives to take control over the Alamo and preserve the cradle of Texas liberty.

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By Tony McDonald 


Upshur County chief appraiser resigning amid conflict with some commercial property owners

GILMER — The woman who has led the office that sets property values for taxation in Upshur County is resigning, citing conflict with some commercial property owners.

Sarah Curtis told her board of trustees Monday she will finish the calendar year and leave after Dec. 31.

“Unless I have an offer I can’t refuse, I’ll be here,” she said Thursday in her office.

Curtis has been Upshur County’s chief appraiser for 13 years.

County appraisal districts assign property values on which cities, schools and other entities base annual tax rates. There are many property categories, including residential, real property and commercial.

Commercial property values, led by businesses along busy U.S. 271 through Gilmer, rose this year to $84.7 million. That’s up from almost $79.2 million in the 2017 tax year.

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ET: Fake News Media Attacks the Father of Texas

“The city of Austin, Texas has suggested in a preliminary report, that highlighted historical connections to a former Confederate leader, Stephen F. Austin, otherwise known as the “Father of Texas”, that it might consider changing its name,” blares Newsweek’s culture reporter Janice Williams.

The problem?

Known as the “Father of Texas” for his role in spearheading the settlement and political development of Texas, Stephen F. Austin was not a Confederate leader. He wasn’t even a Confederate soldier. He was, in fact, dead twenty-five years before a shot was fired at Fort Sumter.

Even the city’s Equity Office bureaucrats conceded the name “Austin” was “not explicitly Confederate and/or Civil War related.”

The falsehoods don’t end there. The Newsweek article also falsely credits Austin with founding the eponymous city.

“Austin, who founded the city in 1839, was notable for his staunch disapproval of an effort to ban slavery in the Tejas province following the Texas Revolution,” writes Williams.

Also entirely untrue.

The only Texas town Stephen F. Austin founded was San Felipe de Austin—a small town near current-day Sealy. In contrast, the City of Austin began its life as Waterloo around 1836 and was renamed in honor of Austin by President Mirabeau B. Lamar after naming it the Republic of Texas’ capital city in 1839.

And as mentioned previously, Stephen F. Austin died in December 1836, a mere nine months after Texas had won independence from Mexico.

These facts aren’t hard to find.

Every Texan had them and countless others packed into their head in history class. And for those with the misfortune of growing up somewhere in a place called “Not Texas,” a simple Google search would have sufficed.

Hopefully this article—and the City of Austin’s political correctness jihad—not only further illustrates how out of touch the fake news media is with the truth, but also spurs a more rigorous and robust effort on the part of citizens to defend American and Texan heritage in the public square.

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