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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 bit.ly/2vxNXA4
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.” bit.ly/2vxNXA4
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."

bit.ly/2DGT9Gr
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HB 3 is up in the House.
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#history
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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 dallasnews.com/news/education…
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.
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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.
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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
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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: dallasnews.com/news/education… #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.

dallasnews.com/news/education… #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 bit.ly/2018TXEarlyVote

#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.
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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
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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.
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I’ve done a little digesting on the 30 Day Reports and wanted to share some observations
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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 christackettnow.com. $ 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. goo.gl/GzEDxc. #txed #txlege
You can access the Texas School Funding Trend page at goo.gl/GzEDxc. 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 goo.gl/GzEDxc.
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“We just keep throwing more and more money at our public schools, and it doesn’t do any good.” I often hear folks expressing this sentiment, and it makes me wonder – how do we know how much it should cost to educate a child? #txed
I’m an early childhood literacy advocate in Texas. Our per-student funding for public school students is about $10,000 per year. New York invests the most in their students, over $20,000/yr, and there are a handful of states lower than Texas. the74million.org/the-states-tha…
If you read the article linked in the previous tweet, you saw that students in states with more generous education funding achieve better results. So, is $20,000 per year outlandish, or could that actually be how much it costs to provide an adequate education?
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