The Issue of Education on a National Level
Education of our children is one of the most crucial battles conservatives must engage in. Since the incorporation of our schools in the 1970’s overhead has grown at a rate 3X that of student growth proving the inefficiency of the federal government over local and state government. This failed government bureaucracy has created stagnant test scores with double the expense, increased numbers of drop-outs, the revision of core curriculum, low teacher morale and a non-existent pool of good teachers. Teachers used to be the best and brightest students colleges had to offer but with the current failed union tactics the majority of new teachers are from the bottom third of all college graduates. There are many reasons for this outcome from the regulations placed on teachers to the ancient pay structure of the union, and the bottom line is our Texas students become the innocent victims of the overbearing bureaucracy. The Department of Education continues to be a burden on what was once an envied educational system. The larger the DOE grows the less accountability parents and teachers have. Texans must stand up to the over-reaching arm of the Federal Government and put the control back into the hands of parents, teachers and citizens when it involves education of Texas children. Solving this situation is not as difficult as many would think, it will require concerned Texans to engage in the education process of our youth and remain vigilant in the oversight of their education.
Concerned Texans must demand the State Board of Education change the current process for curriculum reviewers. Currently there are only 4 reviewers from outside the TEA (Texas Education Agency) structure. Parents and local citizens must be actively involved in reviewing the accuracy of education materials for Texas students. Look at the voting record of your SBOE (state board of education) member, ask questions and support your SBOE member. The 15 SBOE members are elected but UNPAID and need support from Texas citizens. Many of the current members are doing a great job and can do better with parental support. It is up to you to provide that support and voice to keep revisionism out of Texas curriculum.
Concerned Texans must demand a new pay structure for teachers based on performance not seniority. The union has fought against performance pay as it does not reward mediocrity. The time has come to demand only those able to perform gather the reward.
Concerned Texas must demand school choice via charter schools, vouchers, scholarships and tax-incentives. Florida has pioneered an impressive program that more than doubled the achievement rate of students in reading. Texas students have enjoyed the success of Charter Schools but we can do more. Allowing parents the freedom of choice through their tax dollars will create completion and raise standards.
Concerned Texas must participate in all curriculum hearings to demand unbiased, accurate and measurable standards are adopted. Texas Code calls for input from parents and tax-payers in curriculum adoption by the SBOE, this is your chance to make your voice heard and play an important role in the education of Texas youth.
The incorporation of the above initiatives will pave the way for the best and brightest graduates to return to the teaching profession and for our Texas students to reap the benefits of a solid educational foundation.
NRN Success on the State Level
In 2010 New Revolution Now members testified before the State Board of Education on the term American Exceptionalism and held the “America IS Exceptional” press conference. They were joined by many of the amazing groups and individuals successful in past curriculum battles and a couple new to process. Bill Ames a current reviewer for the state of Texas, Ken Mercer current SBOE member, Peggy Venable Texas Dir. Of Americans for Prosperity, Jonathan Saenz of Free Market Foundation, Connie Sandowski of CEO Austin Foundation, Jason Moore “Captain Watchdog” KWEL, Jim Cardel Texas Insider, Lela Pittenger, Carole Haynes and Dr. Donna Campbell.
The results of the public testimony and press conference have been tremendous! We have been successful at giving Texas children a more accurate and un-biased view of the history of our nation. The battle is not over and will resume in March and you can bet NRN members will stand ready to make sure our Texas students have the most accurate account of our great nation’s history!
New Revolution Now worked with Americans for Prosperity, Austin CEO Foundation, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Insider, SBOE member Ken Mercer and Free Market Foundation during the January SBOE hearings and success was obtained with the following items being added or remaining in the state curriculum:
Dallas Morning News
Austin American Statesman
NRN Institute Initiatives
State's Rights Initiative
Citizens Impact Initiative
Our American Heritage
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