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A new PAC was established in Texas on 1/16/2020 called the Legacy 44 PAC.

The PAC has two contributors:
- Alice Walton (Wal-Mart) giving $175,000
- Eric Harslem giving $25,000
On the 8 day before the election reports, the Legacy 44 PAC has already pushed out $152k
- $74.3k to Anna Eastman
- $40.9k to Alex Dominguez
- $35k to Harold Dutton
- $2.5k to Abraham Padron
What's another PAC has Alice Walton given heavily to in the 2020 cycle? Answer is the Charter Schools Now PAC, giving $400k. #txed
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.@nytimes: De’Andre Arnold, the Texas high school student who was suspended for wearing dreadlocks, was invited to last night’s #Oscars by Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union, who were producers of the animated short film “Hair Love.”
In response to Arnold’s suspension, @txblackcaucus hopes to pass a bill that would prohibit hair discrimination targeting people of color in schools and workplaces.
If you have encountered hair-based discrimination in a Texas public school, we want to hear your story.

Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch: #txed
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I'm very lucky to get to be a small part of two organizations that are real supporters of public education, @Texans4E and @projecteduco. Both groups rate legislators (T4PE via group vote, Educo via scoring key #txlege votes) to help voters know who really supports pub ed. #txed
.@Texans4E recently locked the ratings for incumbents, and I took it upon myself to lay out their ratings and combine it with @projecteduco grades from the past two sessions. Images explain how ratings / grades are earned. Next are the results.
Here are the combined ratings for @Texans4E and @projecteduco for the Texas House incumbents. T4PE rates as Friendly, Neutral, and Unfriendly. Project Educo grades from A - F. Results are illuminating, with lots of good things happening from members of both parties #txlege #txed
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We're honored to have our staff invited to speak at so many important conferences this week.

One of today's conferences: The Mental Health in Schools Conference in Georgetown, TX.

Thank you to Matt Smith from Williamson County Juvenile Services for great work on the event!
@josettesaxton If you missed @josettesaxton's panel today — or if you just want more info on what the #TXlege passed regarding children's mental health and other kids' issues — check out our recap from the end of the legislative session.
@josettesaxton And here's @josettesaxton's recent policy brief.

"When a child feels frightened, overwhelmed, or unsafe, the brain triggers a complex set of chemical and neurological events that flood the body with stress hormones, including cortisol...."

#TXlege #TXed
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Last week, we released the Texas House public education report cards. On the whole, the Texas House earned an 86 in (not joking) the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature. Lots of legislators earning A's, supporting public ed. How will the Texas Senate stack up? Let's see #txlege
Carol Alvarado - Senate District 6 earned an A for Public Education in the 86th Session! #txed #EarnedNotGiven
Paul Bettencourt - Senate District 7 earned an F for Public Education in the 86th Session #txed #EarnedNotGiven
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Here is the final grouping of Texas House members, as we wrap up the "support of public education" report cards for the 86th Session. The thread that follows is last names S - Z. If you want to start at the beginning, go here
Scott Sanford - HD70 earned a C for Public Education #txed
Matt Schaefer - HD6 earned an F for Public Education #txed
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Continuing our listing of Public Education report cards for members of the Texas House in the 8th Session. We are getting closer to having them all up. This thread will be M - R. If you'd like to start at the beginning, ya go
Armando Martinez - HD39 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
Trey Martinez Fischer - HD116 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
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Continuing our listing of public education report cards for members of the Texas House in the 86th Session, what follows are last names I - L. Here a link to the beginning of the alphabet to get you caught up.
Celia Israel - HD50 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
Eric Johnson - HD100 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
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Continuing our listing of public education report cards for members of the Texas House in the 86th Session, what follows are last names D - H. Here’s also a link to A - C

Drew Darby - HD72 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
Sarah Davis - HD134 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
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With schools all over the state gearing up for the new school year, there are politicians all over the state claiming they are pro public education. Many were. Some were not. We kept score. Here are the grades for those in the Texas House in the 86th Session.
#txlege #txed
Alma Allen - HD131 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
Steve Allison - HD121 earned an A for Public Education! #txed
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After great explanation of funding changes in bill by @SenLarryTaylor, Senate suspended the rules 24-7 to take up CSHB 3. #txed #txlege
Senate adopted amendments on severability and on SBOE TEKS used in assessments (bill moves assessment rules from SBOE to Commissioner).
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Key elements of the Senate’s current school finance proposal raise significant concerns. Tomorrow (Friday) the Senate will take up the Senate substitute of HB3.

#HB3 #txed #txlege 1/
Under Senate’s HB3, the State of Texas saves money while local districts lose dollars. 2/
Current year values make it virtually impossible to plan prudently; districts will be preparing budgets before the appraisal process is completed. 3/
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1/ In response to school shootings, Texas lawmakers are proposing changing the state’s school marshal program to expand the number of armed teachers.

But some black students and parents fear those efforts. #txed #txlege
2/ The marshal program trains school personnel to act as armed peace officers in the absence of law enforcement.

This #txlege, lawmakers filed a slew of bills to help more teachers carry firearms and not face lawsuits for taking “reasonable action.”
3/ Ahmir Johnson worries it could have unintended consequences for students of color.

“We already get profiled based on the clothes we wear, how we look, our hair, what color our eyes are — and the main thing is the color of our skin."
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HB 3 is up in the House.
After amendments including ones by Rep. @KingForTexas to clarify there is no voucher in HB 3, and one Rep. Keith Bell, House adopts amendment by Chairman @DanHuberty that conforms the bill to the runs. #txed #txlege
Chairman @DanHuberty pulling floor amendment on M&O compression, because the revenue isn't available at this time. HJR 3 could assist to create the revenue stream for ongoing tax relief. #txlege #txed
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Speaker said DISD has enough partnerships…
Former SBOE board member Mavis Knight tells board she's not convinced Dallas needs to use SB1882 that would have district create in-district charters. “Believe in yourself and your leadership skills," she said noting DISD's own innovation.
“This policy would exacerbate inequity,” speaker says
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Texas School Finance Commission chair Scott Brister as meeting starts: "We have one more month before we turn into a pumpkin."
Commission is supposed to come out with recommendations by end of Dec. #txlege #txed
Brister: No quorum for next week bc of "holiday season" absences. School finance commission will have "several meetings" in mid-Dec and report is due Dec. 31.
Proposes having a small group put reports from all three workgroups together.
#txlege #txed
Brister: "As much as possible we would like the report to be unanimous" to recommend to #txlege.
Might need to include a "menu of options," in order of priority. #txed
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Pulling out a longer term lens and graphed a few things since 2008. It's striking how things are escalating.
Long term lens #1: Empower Texans
This is total contributions in, by year, and the major donors. Remember, election cycles are 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. Big funding surge when Paxton & Patrick run. Can we stop with any talk that ET is grassroots? It's not now, and never was.
Long term lens #2: Wilks Brothers
This is total contributions made, by year, who they gave to. Pay attention folks.
2012 cycle - $106,500
2014 cycle - $908,955
2016 cycle - $3,344,734
2018 cycle - $5,197,988
#txlege #txed
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Today, the @TXSBOE will hear public testimony on eliminating Helen Keller, Hillary Clinton and dozens of other people from the state's history curriculum.

Follow me for live tweets from the debate and read this for background:… #txlege #txed
@TXSBOE And we're off!

The @TXSBOE has gaveled in. Chair Bahorich says live stream is down, so I'm glad I'm here in person!

First up today is public testimony on the changes to the social studies curriculum. 35 people have signed up to speak. #txlege #txed
@TXSBOE Some curriculum changes have gotten more attention than others.

Yes, Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton (both recommended, not required, to be taught) are on the chopping block.

But there are DOZENS of other proposed changes too.… #txlege
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Final EV (through D12 Friday) stats are in for the 30 largest counties in TX.

2018 - 39.86% of registered voters have cast a ballot (4.47% on Thursday). That's 4,884,528 votes.
2016 - 46.08% (5.07% on the 12th day)
2014 - 19.11% (2.08% on the 12th day)
#txlege #Midterms2018
If we look at the total Early Vote count in just the 15 biggest counties:
2018 - 4,114,335
2016 - 4,497,431
2014 - 1,715,731

2018 is so impressive!
The top 5 counties getting out the vote on Friday were:
1. Hays County - 5.68%
2. Fort Bend County - 5.54%
3. Collin County - 5.53%
4. Ellis - 5.31%
5. Travis - 5.30%

Full charts for all 30 counties at

#txlege #Midterms2018 #txed
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I've started pulling the 8 Day Report data into the site (just starting, so don't get crazy on me yet), but I had to share 4 pie charts from the DFW area. The 8 Day Report is from 09/28/18 - 10/27/18.
#txlege #txed
Here are the 8 Day Report pie charts for Stickland (HD92), Rinaldi (HD115), Metzger (HD107) and Boos (HD113).

And so people know, Violet Verbena LLC is Monty Bennett, one of the Empower Texans top 9 donors
#txlege #txed #HD92 #HD115 #HD107 #HD113
And if Boos did get the $250,000 from Empower Texans they reported instead of the $25,000 he reported (yeah, that's a pretty big difference), the Boos chart looks like this instead.
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With all of the Senate races in (still working up the House stuff as it's been a busy two weeks), a few observations about the 30 Day Before reports (07/01/18 - 09/27/18)
The top donor to TX Senate races (7/1/18-9/27/18):
1. Texans For Lawsuit Reform - $466,719
--Konni Burton (SD10) $332,900
--Joan Huffman (SD17) $103,250
--Don Huffines (SD16) $25k
--Pat Fallon (SD30) $5k
--Charles Schwertner (SD5) $319.92
--Kelly Hancock (SD9) $250
#txlege #txed
Texans For Lawsuit Reform gave a total of $466,719 to Senate races from 7/1/18-9/27/18. Konni Burton in SD10 got 71% of those dollars, $332,900. That is a very large play into one Senate race.
#txlege #txed
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I’ve done a little digesting on the 30 Day Reports and wanted to share some observations
Empower Texans looks to be back to being primarily a one person show. They took in $1.1 million from 07/01 - 09/27 from 50 donations. Tim Dunn gave $1, 050,000. It makes for a very monochromatic pie. #txlege #txed
When you look at the donors in total, you realize the 50 donations really only translates to 27 different people (some people gave more than once). This also illustrates just how astroturfed this PAC is. #txlege #txed
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30 Day reports are due to the Texas Ethics Commission today (10/09). I’ll drop screenshots of updated charts into this thread as I get them added to $ posted here will just be those since 06/30 (SemiJul filing). #txlege #txed
And away we go. First up will be the Statewide races, candidates sorted alphabetically. I am going to skip Greg Abbott. He raised $5.7 million from a whole bunch of donations. Enough said.
George P Bush - Land Commish
07/01/18 - 09/27/18
$181,416 from 151 donations
$1,201 average donation
145 unique donors
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To help make sure individuals, and especially candidates for public office, are quoting the correct funding levels as it relates to public schools, I downloaded the TEA PEIMS finance overview for 2000-2017 and dropped it into a dashboard. #txed #txlege
You can access the Texas School Funding Trend page at Just like with my campaign finance dashboards, this has a drop down where you can pick which district you want to see. Then you will see the trends in Local, State and Federal funding #txlege #txed
I've also added the Texas Overall funding level as a choice. You can use the "Only" button in the drop down to see one district. Or, you can "Only" the first one and then go through and select with the check boxes to create comparisons. #txed #txlege
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