Public Education in Texas – School Choice Represents Academic Freedom

Narrative

In this 2018 season of political races, the candidates of senate district 2 (TX SD-2), the two candidates chiefly divide on the issue of School Choice. How do they compare?

  • Senator Bob Hall stands by the GOP Platform
  • Representative Cindy Burkett opposes it

Representative Burkett says she opposes School Choice because she wants accountability. Well, let’s look at the numbers.

School Choice is a major issue – specifically Item 147 Texas GOP 2016 Platform.

Senator Hall’s understanding of the School Choice issue aligns with the aforementioned Item 147 which states:

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the student to any school, whether public, private, charter, or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or credits.

Representative Burkett stridently opposes School Choice, as described in the GOP Platform. The Garland ISD is her preferred model for school choice. What form of school choice do the students in the Garland school district have? She boasts how any child can choose any public school in the Garland ISD.

Do you see the difference? She doesn’t get it.

Let’s do some school shopping.

Overall, Texas public schools rank 47th, fourth from the bottom of all 50 states. Is this acceptable to you, Ms. Burkett? Why would we not want our state to rank a little higher, like say Number One? Homeschool and private school graduates add value to the overall education of Texas students.

Here in Rockwall County, we have two school districts, Rockwall and Royse City. How do they compare to Garland ISD? For a fair comparison, I include the Greenville ISD ranking.

Texas School District Rankings
Updated Thursday, July 27, 2017, based on the 2016-17 school year test scores.
(To view rankings, open the above link and enter the district name in the search box on the righthand side.)
Rockwall County Schools Ranking 2016Garland ISD Ranking 2016Greenville ISD Ranking 2016
I talk a lot, some say. Well, it’s true. I also listen. Over the 30+ years of our Rockwall residency, enumerable parents have stated their number one reason for moving here: Rockwall Schools.

Both districts with Rockwall County rank very high, Rockwall ISD at 104, Royse City ISD at 201. Sadly, the district Ms. Burkett holds up as her gold standard ranks miserably down at 473.

We moved to Rockwall from Garland in 1987. The differences between Garland ISD and Rockwall ISD were to us like night and day. By the way, all four of our children graduated from Rockwall High School. My wife and I served as RHS Band Boosters and loved every minute of it. I am pleased to report that Rockwall High School remains a very good school and parents continue to move here for this reason.

Senator Bob Hall’s understanding of the School Choice issue precisely aligns with the GOP Platform that was approved by thousands of Texas delegates from 254 Texas counties.

Referring back to Item 147, “the right to choose” distills down to academic freedom.

Six of my grandchildren residing here in Rockwall County enjoy the freedom of homeschool. Not all families can homeschool because mom and dad both work outside the home.

Do you know there are six private schools in Rockwall County serving 671 children? Reference: PRIVATE SCHOOL REVIEW

School Districts, to their detriment, are big government political entities that fear a loss of revenue. One of the school lobbyists, a Rockwall resident, runs to unseat Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who also follows the GOP Platform.

Let’s do a reality check: The majority of families in our county will continue to send their children to one of the two school districts and this is not a bad choice. However, here and across the Great State of Texas, there are families who want to be more than fourth from the bottom. For this reason, they choose either homeschools or privates schools.

Now to the money, the lobbyist and his clients think all tax dollars for public education is their money. Wrong. It’s OUR money.

Homeschools and Private Schools bring to the community a higher standard of education and academic freedom that contributes to the quality of life for all residents.

Senator Bob Hall
Promises made. Promises kept.

 

I know the facts. I researched the numbers. I advocate for academic freedom and academic competition. Academic freedom is but one reason why I endorse and support the re-election of Texas State Senator Bob Hall.

In Rockwall County, early voting runs from February 20 through March 2. Here is a schedule of all EARLY VOTING locations. Election Day is March 6.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Why Bob Hall is the Right Choice for Texas Senate District 2

BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST - email graphicThe Hunt County GOP held a debate for GOP Primary candidates on Feb. 1. I extracted two video segments featuring Sen. Bob Hall and Rep. Cindy Burkett debating the issues of School Choice and Pro-Life. View this portion of the debate between Bob Hall and Cindy Burkett below.

 


Ms. Burkett’s idea of school choice is to limit choices between schools within a school district and she points to the Garland ISD for her example. She conflates charter schools with private schools, church schools, and home schools. It’s helpful to understand that charter schools have nothing to do with the School Choice issue; charter schools are public schools.

School Choice is Item #147 on the Texas State GOP Platform A which states:

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the student to any school, whether public, private, charter or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or credits.

Thousands of Texas delegates (including me) from 254 counties approved the platform. The platform serves as a standard by which Republican voters can evaluate lawmakers.

Rep. Burkett repeatedly uses the word “accountability” in her arguments AGAINST School Choice.

Senator Bob Hall points out the obvious, with respect to accountability. Of the 50 of these United States, Texas public schools rank 43rd, nationally. Texas families deserve the freedom to choose what is best for their children.

On the pro-life issue, both are in this camp, but Senator Hall is rated 100% pro-life whereas Rep. Burkett is rated 73%. I ask: can a woman be 73% pregnant?

Rep. Burkett fought the Shaeffer Amendment that would have protected ALL baby Texans in the womb by prohibiting late-term abortions. You can hear for yourself her justification for defeating this truly pro-life legislation.

View the entire 3-hour program from the Hunt County News YouTube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jjK6_jUpxU

Your advantage in this election is both lawmakers have voting records.

Pro-Life voting records via this link: https://www.texasrighttolife.com/texas-right-to-life-relea…/

Learn why the THSC says, Why Homeschoolers Should Oppose Cindy Burkett for Texas Senate“.

Be sure to register to vote. The last day to register to vote in the upcoming primary election is Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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The Ugly Truth About College Education Worldview

Read “Why I Quit Teaching” by Professor David Solway http://bit.ly/2keRlLa

I quote Professor Solway:

“The problem is chiefly in the humanities and social sciences – English literature, cultural studies, gender programs, sociology, communications – where it must be frankly admitted that very few of the students enrolled have the intellectual No Safe Spaces in Real World by Dana Summersequipment to meet traditional standards of achievement and performance. These faculties have become a holding pen for incompetents, now known as “snowflakes.” For a variety of reasons – defective early schooling, poor parenting, widespread permissiveness – these students are in desperate need of “safe spaces,” where they can hide from the real world and shirk the demands of mental maturity. They are taught not to think independently, evaluate competing doctrines, or master the tools of cognitive proficiency, but to feel good about themselves. Self-esteem subs for self-improvement. Moreover, they are materia prima for anti-Western indoctrination by their politicized professors, mentors, and departments.”

“No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, you can still turn around.” – Anonymous

There truly are colleges and universities that stand on traditional American values. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, headed by Dr. Everett Piper, is one I can highly recommend. https://www.okwu.edu/

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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The Kaepernick Conundrum

Read the original lyrics of our national anthem here: The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics

The third stanza is the root of Kaepernick’s conundrum

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There is no better explanation of the references to hirelings and slaves in the third stanza than this opinion piece published by CNN. I quote the central text and you can read it in its entirety via the link below.

CNN: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ critics miss the point | By Mark Clague, Updated 11:15 PM ET, Wed August 31, 2016

“The Star-Spangled Banner” in no way glorifies or celebrates slavery. The middle two verses of Key’s lyric vilify the British enemy in the War of 1812, what Key refers to in Verse 3 as “hirelings and slaves.” This enemy included both whites and blacks, largely British professional soldiers (hirelings) but also the Corps of Colonial Marines (slaves). The Colonial Marines were escaped black American slaves who joined British forces because of the promise of freedom in return for fighting their former masters.

Fortunately, Britain honored this promise after the war, relocating the former slaves and their families to Halifax and Trinidad. For Key, however, the British mercenaries were scoundrels and the Colonial Marines were traitors who threatened to spark a national insurrection.

The graphic language of Key’s denunciation of this British enemy led to the removal of Verse 3 in sheet music editions of the song in World War I, when the United States and Britain became staunch allies.

Yet in 1814 Key’s lyric honored American soldiers both black and white. “The Star-Spangled Banner” celebrates the heroes who defended Fort McHenry in the face of almost certain defeat against the most powerful gunships of the era. America’s soldiers included mainly whites, but also free and escaped blacks. Escaped slave William Williams served in the US infantry at Fort McHenry and was killed by a fragment of a British bomb. Another escaped slave, Charles Ball, writes in his memoirs of being among the American soldiers of the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla who courageously repelled a night attack and saved the city. “The Star-Spangled Banner” thus honors American military heroes, black and white, without regard to race. In this respect, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is not racist.

I remind you the above opinion came not from a conservative news source but CNN.

No doubt Colin Kaepernick is a victim of biased, liberal educators commonly found on college campuses throughout America.

This is an opportunity for me to inject my reason for supporting the Texas State GOP platform plank for School Choice, Texas GOP 2016 Platform [item no. 147].

The vast majority of families will continue to send their children to public schools and universities. There are families like my own that want our children and grandchildren to know our full and complete national history; the good, the bad, and the ugly. We want our offspring to think critically, to research original documents, and to be able to debate both sides of issues.

Colin Kaepernick’s jaundiced understanding of American history is the product of historical revisionism. Former President Barack Obama was likewise educated by leftists, communists, and atheists.

Elections have consequences, good and bad. If we allow statists – persons who subscribe to the belief that the state knows what’s best for you at the expense of your liberty – to legislate contrary to the will of the people, we will indeed have much more miseducated progeny.

Choose wisely, my friends.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Texas SD-2 Republican Candidates – How They Compare on Key Issues

Key Issues

Right to Life: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 88]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn, the aged, and the physically or mentally challenged have a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed.

Parental Rights: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 101]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

Parental Rights and Responsibilities- Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children shall not be enacted. Parents have the God given right and responsibility to direct and guide their children’s moral education.

School Choice: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 147]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the student to any school, whether public, private, charter, or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or credits.

Resources

Texas Right to Life PAC | ON THE RECORD: WHY CINDY BURKETT IS UNFIT FOR THE TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Home School Coalition | Why Homeschoolers Should Oppose Cindy Burkett for Texas Senate

Empower Texans | 2018 Primary Endorsements

With respect to these three key issues, Cindy Burkett consistently opposed the GOP platform and she aligned herself with House Speaker Joe Straus.

Texas Right to Life PAC reports Cindy Burkett as down to 72.58% pro-life in 2017. Rounding up, how can a lawmaker be 73% pro-life? Can a woman be 73% pregnant?

A lawmaker is either 100% pro-life (as per the GOP state platform) or the lawmaker is not.

Senator Bob Hall consistently voted 100% in support these three key planks of our GOP platform.

In years past, I block-walked for Cindy Burkett even though I was not in her district.

In the 2018 Republican primary, I will vote to re-elect the true conservative, Bob Hall.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

For further information, view these two Left-to-Right|Liberal-to-Conservative charts via this link: https://www.tribtalk.org/2017/11/20/the-2017-texas-house-senate-from-left-to-right-post-special-session-edition/

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IF SOCIALISM IS SO GOOD…

si el socialism fuera tan bueno
Translation of statements on graphic:

If socialism were as good as they say,
Berlin wouldn’t have made a wall,
The people wouldn’t have escaped from Cuba on rafts,
And in Venezuela, they wouldn’t be standing in lines for food.
(The little red logo says “No to leftist fanaticism“)

Read a Washington Times article dated 11/4/17 titled: Millennials would rather live in socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll ‘This troubling turn highlights widespread historical illiteracy in American society’

Our three-year-old granddaughter wanted so very much to touch her grandmother’s coffee cup heater. Grandmother repeatedly warned her against touching it, but one day she elected to ignore the warning and laid her hand atop the hot surface. She no longer wishes to touch the cup heater.

Is there a crisis in public and university training in America? Yes, there is a genuine crisis due to historical revisionism.

I experienced my first up-close-and-personal with this crisis in a weekend conversation with my eldest son, then a student at Sul Ross University. We discussed Cuba, a subject dear to my heart. His closing statement to signal his belief he won the debate was: “Well, Dad, you know Castro is the best thing that ever happened to Cuba.” I responded, asking him, “Have you ever talked to any Cubans about this?” He dismissed me, saying I have ignorant opinions.

My eldest son is a product of leftist education from a public university. Over the years, his worldview changed somewhat.

In 1959, Cubans were not hungering for socialism. They just wanted to be rid of the corrupt Batista tyrannical government. Castro promised change. He just didn’t reveal what the change would be and a socialist-communist regime was firmly set in place.
At one point in time, Fidel Castro boasted, “Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.” Who are these well-educated prostitutes? They are doctors, nurses, and teachers who supplement their meager socialist income by prostituting themselves to sex tourists. LA Times http://lat.ms/2jdS65C

The poor Venezuelans, on the other hand, welcomed socialism that promised cheap food, ‘affordable’ housing, and free medical care. Hugo Chavez actually placed Cuban administrators into every level of the Venezuelan government and Cuban medical personnel provided the free medical care. For a time, Chavez even flew Mexican patients to Venezuela for free eye care with the end of fomenting a communist takeover of Mexico.

Where is Venezuelan socialism today? Educated Venezuelans, including mothers desperate to feed their children, teachers, and doctors, willingly prostitute themselves. [Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2wOwB03 ]

Millenials are the largest voting bloc in our country.

During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, some believed in him, others did not. How could there be any unbelief after all the amazing miracles witnessed by thousands of Jews? I have no qualified answer to this question, but I know a sure-fire experience that removes all doubt. The Apostle Peter and I shared this experience.

Matthew 16:13-17 describes this experience.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [of revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

In August of 1974, I experienced this rock of revelation. Nothing and no one can shake me of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

My point: Speaking to like-minded American adults, there is nothing you can say to dissuade most Millenials from their hunger for socialism. But, a divine revelation of truth will ring them all around.

Rabbi Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.

My prayer to God is a request for revelations of truth to the Millenial generation. I see no plan ‘B’.If we wait for them to learn the reality of socialism first-hand, as did Cubans and now Venezuelans, it will be too late to save our beloved country.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Average Global Temperature – Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

News stories from time to time raise the specter of anthropogenic global warming that must be arrested and/or retarded to prevent the death of all mankind.

My business is measurement and control, sometimes for production processes, most of the time for indoor climate control systems, and a growing business sector of self-funding energy retrofits.

The proponents of the supposed anthropogenic global warming/climate change declare a rise in average temperature.

In my business, if there is to be a measurement of airflow through a large aperture, say an air handling unit, we know in advance there is no single-point measurement that will accurately represent the average rate of airflow.

Typically, across the face of the aperture, the opening through which air flows, we require a minimum of one sample per square foot. If the aperture is a large filter bank of MountainRangeTennisRacket_zpsa5da6447some dimension, we mark off a grid where grid lines cross at one-foot intervals. For example, if the filter media surface is six feet high by 20 feet wide, the total number of samples will be 180, one per square foot of area.

Assuming the surface area of the earth to be 197,000,000 miles2, and each mile2 accounts for 2,878,400 feet2, what will be the number of samples I would measure and record to derive an average global temperature? Let’s do the math.

197,000,000 miles2  X 2,878,400 square feet per mile = 5.4920448 X 1015 square feet of surface area, therefore this same number of samples. Naturally, the samples must all be collected in real time, therefore there must be one sensor per square mile. The reader immediately recognizes the astronomical cost to place precise temperature sensors and supporting electronics over such an area.

If you compare one sensor per square mile, you will readily see how the accuracy is very low. Yes, I know, NOAA uses NASA satellite data. But the data is highly inaccurate because it derives from infrared temperature (IR) observations. Without telling you how to build a watch, let it suffice to say IR is not a good means to accurate measurements.

The alarmists like Al Gore attribute global warming to human activity. How does the sum of human activity compare to the heated core of the earth or, better still, that blazing ball of fire 93 million miles distant?

Given 7.5 billion people and an average weight of 137 lbs./person, the sum of all human flesh adds up to approximately 1.0275 X 1012 pounds of flesh. How does the sum of all human flesh compare to the mass of the nearest star (our sun) that is 1, 300,000 times the mass of the entire earth?

Consider a USA Today news story titled California’s endless winter: 8 feet of snow still on the ground in June (7 June 2017). From this story I quote, “the amount of snow on the ground in the central Sierra region was twice as much as usual, marking its biggest June snowpack in decades”.

Next, from The Next Grand Minimum (7 June 2017), Solar Update June 2017–the sun is slumping and headed even lower. I quote: “The F10.7 flux shows that over the last three and a half years the Sun has gone from solar maximum through a bounded decline to the current stage of the trail to the minimum. Solar minimum is likely to be still three years away.”

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Al Gore’s 100′ long, Diesel powered mega houseboat, vintage 2008

One would have to have an ego as large as Al Gore’s houseboat to believe a mere man can affect the global temperature of the earth.

John White
Rockwall, Texas