Your VOICE NOW will be the future of Texas Education.   Contact Dan Patrick and tell him "NO" to Common Core and National Based Curriculums.  

Growing Rejection of Common Core

by Phyllis Schlafly
President & Founder of Eagle Forum

The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.

Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.

The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements.

Indiana broke the ice on March 23, becoming the first state to pass an anti-Common Core bill. It strikes out references to Common Core in the law and requires the state board of education to maintain Indiana's sovereignty while complying with federal standards.

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this legislation that opted his state out of Common Core, he said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."

The Indiana bill was introduced as a straight repeal of Common Core, but it ended up keeping so many Common Core requirements that its original sponsor, Sen. Scott Schneider, pulled his name off of it.

The game of some people, obviously, is to pass standards that are nearly identical to Common Core but under a different name, because the name itself has become toxic. And states are always solicitous to maintain their flow of federal funds, which the Obama administration uses as bribes or threats.

The second state that went public against Common Core was South Carolina. On May 30, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill abolishing Common Core standards in her state beginning in 2015.

Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose while imposing new standards that are not meaningful improvements.
Common Core ends up being a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.

Parents won a remarkable victory when the Oklahoma legislature repealed use of Common Core by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, and replaced it with academic standards written by state government officials. After receiving an estimated 20,000 phone calls in support of the repeal, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the repeal into law on June 5.

This law directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create new and more rigorous standards by August of 2015. The State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will evaluate the newly written standards to make sure they truly make students "college- and career-ready."

Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with the standards. She wrote: "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. 

Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies."

Fallin's message reminded us, "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." We congratulate Oklahoma's governor for having the courage to stop the well-financed plan to railroad Oklahoma's public schools into kowtowing to federal control.

From the start, Common Core has been ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative each state could voluntarily choose to adopt. But, as the governor wrote, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."

Like most left-wingers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played the race card (for which he later had to apologize) when was besieged on all sides by Common Core critics. He accused opponents of the program of just being "white suburban moms."

Duncan should have read The New York Times, which published a picture of both white and African-American moms protesting Common Core wearing signs that read, "My child is not common." Parents nationwide are saying no to Common Core.

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Smart Meters

Information in this section has been taken from newsletters from the We the People Are the 9-12 Association in Houston. This group was founded by Thelma Taormina and she and her husband Nick have been fighting the installation of  Smart Meters on Texas homes for years.  

"Opting out does not require a meter reader, and need not be a financial burden. As has been done in many other cases, the TDUs could transmit electric consumption over existing phone lines or power lines, which would also be much more secure than wireless transmissions and much safer by eliminating RF exposure. In fact, in many cases this landline technology is what was removed from a house when the Smart Meter was installed. Additionally, many remote or rural customers are self reporting. This method could be offered to those who choose to opt out, as well as potentially an option to go online and input one’s meter readings onto a webpage would be easy to set up and run. "

As you know, Nick and I were in Austin Monday, February 10, 2014. I sadly report that Nick and I were the only ones to speak at the public hearing for project number 42029, which relates directly to the rule they will write relating to who the Transmission and Distribution Companies, not to mention the Retail Electric Provider (your billing company) can share your personal information with.

If we cannot find a way to get more people to attend these public hearings and actually speak up to stop the theft of our freedom by these bureaucrats, then we only have ourselves to blame when we no longer have access to the electricity produced by our own state and country. They have finally figured out how they can reduce your energy use without them even having to contact you or let you know they are reducing it. They will have their CONTROL whether you like it or not!


I know there was an article on Breitbart this week about the meeting with Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the PUCT and Texans Against Smart Meters. From that meeting, the Lt. Governor has called for interim charges and a health study on the meters. This is great news, but studies are simply opinions of whoever is doing the study and we will have no control over who is picked for the study. I will leave it at that.

What I do know is that David Dewhurst is actually on OUR SIDE. I personally spoke with him last year at a meeting with other grassroots leaders and in front of all of them I outright asked him about us being charged to opt-out, and at that time he said that as far as he was concerned we would not be charged. But the truth is, he is only one man in Austin. You can and should send thanks to several Democrat AND Republican State Senators for NOT getting a bill passed this last session (yes, a bit of sarcasm)! A bill was written and passed out of committee that would prevent the power companies for charging the fees, BUT the Senators would not bring it to the floor for a vote. The House Reps did NOTHING.

In The News (you might have missed)!

San Antonio, TX - Jan. 25-30, 2014  there was a convention held called "DistribuTECH" and it all revolved around the Energy Sector, specifically focusing on the smart grid, meters and of course "Climate Change". All the major players were there! One specific article really concerns me about a report that just came out.

The report was put out by an organization called "The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)". The name of this organization is deceptive because it is made up of industry personnel. What is even worse is, Christine Wright (a lead staffer at the Texas Public Utility Commission) sits on the Board of Directors for this organization. Here is the main staff person who is drafting all of the rules surrounding the Smart Grid and Smart Meters sitting on a Board with industry personnel and creating reports skewed to make it seem as if consumers are totally on board with what is happening within the electric industry 

UPDATE    Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters

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There is always someone or something that manages to throw roadblocks to the rights we have to challenge Unconstitutional, and Illegal Infringements upon the average citizen.

As many already know, our appeal was filed with the court, our brief has been submitted to the court, and the court date had been set. What has happened now is the Attorney General's Office has filed a challenge to our appeal. They are trying to use a court decision that was made regarding a case involving the Public Utility Commission of Texas about an appeal about an actual rule submitted but not adopted by the PUCT. Now our attorney, Roger Borgelt, is working on the reply to this challenge. Due to the timing process, this challenge now will interfere with the schedule set for the court date of Dec. 2, 2014.

Something you all can and should do if you are so inclined, is to write to the Attorney General's Office expressing your dismay that they would try to block our right to appeal to the courts. Remember, your Attorney General is running for Governor...while Gregg Abbott is not actually handling this case himself, he is the "boss" in that office. Many of you have been attending speaking engagements by Gregg Abbott. Many of you are donating to his campaign. You might consider writing his campaign with your concerns, and you might want to ask Mr Abbott about the challenge being made against our day in court.

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The following is a Jan. 29, 2016 news release from the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition:

BRYAN, TEXAS -- The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will continue to initiate planning efforts that will lead to future development of the various components of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System which connects U.S. Army facilities to strategic military ports at Corpus Christi and Beaumont.

That system includes the Central Texas Corridor, a federal high priority highway corridor recently designated by Congress and identified as future Interstate 14. That corridor generally follows the route of US 190 across the state running from I-10 in West Texas to Fort Hood at Killeen and east through Belton, Bryan/College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper before terminating at the Sabine River near Fort Polk.      

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If you don’t want this on your property, your neighbor’s property or in your community for the next six years (which is how long construction will take), here’s what you can do;

 1. Contact Texas Farm Bureau and insist that TFB support their current eminent domain policy, their members and rural families by opposing high speed rail. Be persistent. Don’t let them off the hook with vague assurances. Don’t relent until they have publicly opposed the high speed rail project.

 2. Tell Texas Farm Bureau you will consider cancelling your membership if they don’t support farmers, ranchers and rural families in opposition to the proposed high speed rail. 

3. Contact your local, state and national elected
 officials and tell them “no eminent domain for private gain”.

 4. Support groups like “”

 Dan Agan, Landowner in Grimes County

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As promised, Texans Against High-Speed Rail filed its reply to Texas Central’s petition for “clarification” yesterday before the Surface Transportation Board. We want to thank Blake Beckham and Patrick McShan with The Beckham Group, and our Washington DC attorney Richard Streeter, who have spent countless hours preparing this comprehensive filing.

We included with our filing a verified statement from one of Texas’ most highly regarded eminent domain attorneys, confirming that Texas Central is making an “unprecedented and unconstitutional effort to rob landowners of the value of their property.” He goes on to say, “Never before have I seen the audacity of this type of premature condemnation proceeding, and this Board should be offended by the effort.”

Our reply also includes over 1,500 verified statements from YOU. We are proud to have strong, active members who want their voices heard. We appreciate your support and your donations, and have asked the Board to give your statements the full consideration they deserve.

Finally, through our coordinated efforts with the County Judges in Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Navarro, and Waller County, ALL COUNTIES filed strong replies in opposition to Texas Central’s petition. We appreciate the time and effort of these County Judges and their willingness to stand up for their constituents.

Central Texas Corridor
Local cities want to turn U.S. Highway 190 into an interstate.

The designated Central Texas Corridor begins in West Texas and generally follows US Highway 190 through Killeen, Belton, Bryan-College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper before terminating on State Highway 63 at the Sabine River.   

Federal Highway Administration 
The Central Texas Corridor commencing at the logical terminus of Interstate Route 10, generally following portions of United States Route 190 eastward, passing in the vicinity Fort Hood, Killeen, Belton, Temple, Bryan, College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, and Woodville, to the logical terminus of Texas Highway 63 at the Sabine River Bridge at Burrs Crossing. [I-14]

U.S. Highway to be renamed, designated as Interstate 14.
                             "Forts to Ports Highway"
The project would use new and existing highways to connect Fort Bliss near El Paso with Fort Hood near Killeen and Fort Polk near Leesville, Louisiana, with the ports of Beaumont and Corpus Christi, which would improve military transportation needs and allow for safer traveling for citizens.

 Issues:  Local Government Huntsville and Walker County   
Interium Reports on Water Resources,    Maps for Roads and Rails
  I-45, State Highway 190 to Interstate 14, High Speed Rail
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Sample of Precinct Voting    
Last Election: May 24, 2016 Primary Runoff 

May 24th 2016     Primary Runoff Registered      Cast     Rep Dem Turnout
  Precinct 101         656                                          25      15    10      3.81% 7th North to Pine Hollow
  Precinct 102        3444                                        405     379   26     11.76%
  Precinct 103        1585                                        306     303     3     19.31%
  Precinct 104        1814                                         333    327     6     18.36%

  Precinct 201         2326                                         201   179    22       8.64 West of 45 75 N. 1347
  Precinct 203           566                                         83        8     12      14.66
  Precinct 204         2322                                        347     329    18      14.94
​ Precinct 205          2368                                         694     680    14       29.31 Elkins Lake
​ Precinct 206         1053                                         141     123    18       13.99

  Precinct 301           2675                                      161      146   15         6.02 S Houst 247 Bowers 
  Precinct 302            386                                         65        62     3        16.84
  Precinct 303            659                                         81        80     1         12.29
  Precinct 304          3616                                        480     460   20         13.27

  Precinct 401           2470                                       104       95     9           4.21 E of 45 S of Bowers
  Precinct 403            1497                                       147     138     9         9.82 S of 190 to 2929
  Precinct 404            3332                                       444       41    32        .33

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Senate Interim Reports - 
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued charges in October 2015 to the Senate Committee on Agricultural, Water and Rural Affairs on water-related issues:

Senate Committee Interim Charges (3 pages)  
Eminent Domain
Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the 
variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensated.

Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
  Study and make recommendations regarding the ownership, production and transfer of surface water and groundwater in the state of Texas.

  Study and make recommendations on improving the process of developing and executing the State Water Plan

  Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically monitor the Texas Water Development Board’s process in the identification and designation of brackish groundwater zones.

In November 2015, House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus issued numerous charges to various House committees. A few of the water-related charges are listed by the committee. 

House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock

  Evaluate policy challenges to the state’s agriculture and livestock industry, including long-term impacts of price declines in oil and natural gas; the availability of natural resources, including water, necessary to operate the industries; and the mitigation of and preparation for potential future hazards to the industries caused by natural disaster, drought or disease.

  Determine the sources of water used by Texans in the production of food and fiber, and examine current water delivery methods and water conservation goals for agricultural use. Evaluate whether there are more efficient and effective water-usage management practices that could be employed in the agricultural industry, and determine the impact of crop insurance requirements on producers (Joint charge with the House Committee on Natural Resources).

House Committee on Natural Resources

  Examine the regional and state water planning processes, with emphasis on the following:

- the integration of HB 4 (83R);

- the appropriate role of the state in ensuring that the process both supports regional goals and priorities and the water needs of the state as a whole, and how the state might encourage strategies to benefit multiple regions;

- the structure and operation of the regional planning groups;

-  the interaction between the planning process and groundwater management;

- whether the “drought of record” remains the appropriate benchmark for planning; and

- any impediments to meeting the conservation, agricultural and rural project goals set by HB 4 (83R), and possible new approaches to help meet these goals.

  Analyze the factors contributing to freshwater loss in the state, including evaporation, excess flows into the Gulf of Mexico and infrastructure inefficiencies, and examine techniques to prevent such losses, including aquifer storage and recovery, off-channel storage and infrastructure enhancements.

  Evaluate the progress of seawater desalination projects near the Texas coast as a means of increasing water supplies and reducing strain on existing supplies, building on the work of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination (83rd session). Examine the viability of the use of public-private partnerships and of methods by which the state might facilitate such a project.

  Evaluate the status of legislation to encourage joint groundwater planning, including HB 200 (84R), and monitor ongoing legal developments concerning ownership and access to groundwater and the impact of these developments on property rights and groundwater management.

Determine if sufficient safety standards exist to protect groundwater contamination from disposal and injection wells (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources).

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          Ward 1           Joe Emmett          Elected 2011
           Ward 2           Tish Humphrey    Elected 2011
           Ward 3           Ronnie Allen        Elected 2011
           Ward 4           Jose Rodriquez    Elected 2013

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         Mayor   Andy Baruninger, George H. Russell
          Ward 1  Joe Emmett, Timothy Davis
          Ward 2  Tish Humphrey
          Ward 3  Ronald Allen, Mader Hedspeth
          Ward 4  Jose Rodriquez, Michelle Bright
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Governor *4                                 Lt. Governor*4
Attorney General *4                    Comptroller of Public Accounts  *4
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Railroad Commissioner  *6        Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2,4,6,7,8  *4
Member State Board of Education *4
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Walker County Judge *4            Walker County Court of Law Judge  *4
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441 F.M. 2821 East , Huntsville, Tx 77320
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The HISD website has many resources for parents, students and the community to look into the school's programs and commitment to the children of our community. Visit the site regularly for updates.

Election of School Board Members

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY and U.S. Dept of Education
Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner took office January 1, 2016. He will also be Head of the Texas Education Agency . 

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education, is our representative
District 8 (R-The Woodlands)

Contact Info
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Facebook: Barbara Cargill, Chair, Texas State Board of Education

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, appeared at a “thank you” rally in Grand Rapids, MI last Friday with Trump. At the rally both Trump and DeVos said it was time to end Common Core. DeVos specifically said, “This means letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”

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Walker County Hospital District

Two Positions Up for Election November 7, 2017
currently held by Bob Hardy and Judy Emmett

Meetings are the Fourth Wednesday of the month at 12 noon 

Walker County Hospital District's Business Office at First
National Bank Building, 1300 11th Street, Suite #515, Huntsville, Tx 77340
Keli Molina is the administrative assistant 
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Regular Session Bills Passed and Passed Over:
 A look at what happened to major Texas bills
Over the 140-day regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, lawmakers debated a wide range of issues, including abortion, public bathroom use and how to address a crisis in the foster care system. More than 6,600 bills were filed. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed more than 1,000 bills into law, and he has vetoed 50 bills. More than 150 bills have advanced without the governor’s signature. Here’s a look at the fate of some of the regular session’s most high-profile measures.
Thanks to the Texas Tribune for the site below
that helps citizens see the fate of bills.   
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Transportation    Roads and Rails
Local and State Data
United States Dept. of Education
Status of Common Core 
Constitutional Studies

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Is the Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Only the First Step for Texas Central?
Senator Charles Schwertner, SB 977 author: “Despite their insistence that this high-speed rail will be built entirely with private funding, Texas Central nonetheless fought efforts to hold them to that promise at every turn. By prohibiting the state from spending public funds on a private high-speed rail project, SB 977 will finally require Texas Central to put their money where their mouth is and guarantee that state taxpayers are never asked to subsidize, bail out, or otherwise financially support this ill-conceived high-speed rail project.”
For Example, Water is one of the most important resources.  See Senate and House Committee charges for studies below...
Texas Water Boards     Ground Water Management    Vegetation Types

6 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Walker Co. Hospital District  2 Managers

City of Huntsville Mayor
and City Council Positions
Ward1,  Ward 2,  Ward 3 , Ward 4

Early Voting Oct. 23 thru Nov. 3
Walker County Current Elections                            Click Here for Walker Co Election Info 
        Early Voting October 23 - November 3                  Election Day   November  7    
On the Ballot:     Six State-wide Propositions for Amendments to the Texas Constitution
Prop. 1  Ad Valorem Taxation - surviving spouse partially disabled veteran     
Prop. 2  Home Equity Loan 
Prop. 3  Limiting Service of Office Holders
Prop. 4 Challenge to the Constitution 
Prop. 5 Charitable Sports Foundations
Prop. 6 Ad Valorem Taxation - survivng spouse first responder
League of Women's Voters is providing a Voters Guide for the 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election with 
Explanations, Argument For & Against        Click here:             Then click Voters Guide
County Wide Voting for Walker County Hospital District Managers
Only Huntsville Residents Vote for City Council Positions
Walker County Hospital District 5 Elected Board Positions

The District boundaries are the same as Walker County. The enabling act provided for a five member Board of Managers to conduct the business of the District. The term of office for this board is 2 years. A election is held each year to fill those terms expiring.

The Walker County Hospital District (“District”) of Walker County, Texas is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. The District was authorized by an Enabling Act by the Texas Legislature under Senate Bill No. 1020 of the 62nd Legislature on June 9, 1971.

 The Act also authorizes the Board of Managers to provide for the establishment of a hospital or hospital system within its boundaries, “to furnish Hospital care to persons residing in the District by the purchase, construction, acquisition, repair or renovation of buildings and improvements and the equipping of same and the administration thereof for hospital purposes. Such District shall assume the full responsibility for providing hospital care for its needy inhabitants.

The Board of Managers of the District are committed to working with all the medical community to improve and expand health care right here in our community hospital and clinic. 

The Act gave the District the authority to levy an annual tax at a rate not in excess of seventy-five cents ($0.75) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value of all taxable property within the District to meet the costs of operating the district.  The Act gave the District the authority to levy an annual tax at a rate not in excess of seventy-five cents ($0.75) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value of all taxable property within the District to meet the costs of operating the district. 

What is the relationship between the Walker County Hospital District and the Walker County Hospital Corporation?

  The Walker County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and its boundaries are Walker County. The "District" has been in operation for 39 years and has the authority to collect taxes to be sure that medical care is available to the citizens of Walker County. Walker County Hospital Corporation dba as Huntsville Memorial Hospital ,"HMH," is a not for profit corporation that has operated the hospital for 88 years with experienced, appointed board members including educators, doctors, lawyers, bankers and other business leaders of the community. The relationship between the District and the Corporation is a Tenant/Landlord relationship governed by a Lease Agreement and Operating Agreement. These agreements require the corporation to operate the hospital in a manner which will meet all regulatory and accreditation requirements.

How does this relationship benefit Walker County residents?

  Walker County residents have benefited because we were able to build the present hospital and make expansions and improvements without issuing tax bonds. The debt to build and operate this hospital is paid from patient revenues and we have been fortunate to be able to lower our tax rates over the years when medical costs and insurance rates are skyrocketing. Our residents benefit from having a local hospital with a proven record and that is committed to improving health care by identifying and implementing services which allow us to receive quality care at home in a cost effective manner. The present relationship relieves the District from having huge overhead costs and the tax to fund such overhead.