Texas State Representative Jonathan Strickland Is A Genius

Quote: Leftists have overtaken much of our public education system. It’s been their plan all along. They want our children’s hearts and minds. Ultimate control. -J. Strickland (R – Texas Legislature)   Let’s dissect Representative Strickland’s claim.   For the past 20 years, Texas teachers have overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidates. So, calm down, Johnny.…

Top LYS Tweets – May 13, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   School administrators, the craft has evolved over the past 20…

Top LYS Tweets – May 6, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. “Despite their name, these tax-subsidized scholarships to private schools do not…

Top LYS Tweets – April 29, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Leaders who stay optimistic, even under intense pressure, radiate the…

Top LYS Tweets – April 22, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “Vouchers are corrupt.” (By @pastors4txkids)   More children were shot…

Teacher Pay And The Slow Death Of Small Towns

30 years ago, small towns across Texas were doing a whole lot better than they are today.   And 30 years ago, small town teacher salaries were on par with (and in a number of cases) better than suburban and urban teacher salaries.   Today’s question… Are these two facts related?   The answer, absolutely.…

Top LYS Tweets – April 15, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Only 5% of praise statements from teacher to student are…

The “Why I’m Voting For School Bonds” Response To Local Anti-Taxers

It’s election time again and on the ballot in my community is a $800 million school bond. This sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but some background.   My local school district serves 62,000 students at 66 campuses with over 7,000 employees. The area I live in is suburban and affluent. The…

The Lie Of Increased School Funding

In Texas, our anti-public school politicians, who have been in power for over a decade have done a couple of things that have devastated public school finance.   They put a cap on property tax rates. Which is the primary way Texas public schools are funded.   The state “recaptures” a percentage of the property…

Top LYS Tweets – April 1, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   This 5th grade teacher gets it: “We can’t fund two…

Top LYS Tweets – March 25, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “Parents have every right to choose such schools for their…

Top LYS – March 18, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   With students, academic cheating is more a function of trying…

Top LYS Tweets – March 11, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Education is not a cost but an investment in the…

Top LYS Tweets – March 4, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Coach Busch (RISD) just earned a high-yield superfecta and a…

Top LYS Tweets – February 25, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “With profit as a motive in Oklahoma’s school choice movement,…

Top LYS Tweets – February 18, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “The heart of any school is the teacher. The only…

Top LYS Tweets – February 4, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Good teachers make it look easy, so folks assume it is.…

Top LYS Tweets – January 29, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. There is nothing more awesome than running a school that maximizes…

Top LYS Tweets – January 22, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Daily reminder: Calling out racism isn’t divisive. Racism is divisive. (By…

Purposeful Activities On Election Day

Here’s something to think about as you are building the district calendar for next year. One reason why anti-public school politicians are able to erode public confidence in our public schools is because most of our citizenry have no meaningful interactions with public schools. If you have no kids or grown kids then public schools…

Top LYS Tweets – January 14, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. I just read this interesting thread about whose job is the…

Top LYS Tweets – January 7, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted. And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. I fear not the coach who has practiced 1000 plays one…

Top LYS Tweets – January 2, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. “There’s no low-cost alternative to a high-quality teacher.” (By @TxEdStrong) 2.…

Top LYS Tweets – December 4, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Without realizing it, we sort students into groups of leaders…

Top LYS Tweets – November 26, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   How you teach, the daily instructional choices you make, either…

Top LYS Tweets – November 19, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Leadership tip: Point out disappointing results. “We aren’t getting adequate…

Top LYS Tweets – November 12, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get from…

Qualified to Lead an Industry?

I was at a social event recently where the guest list was made up primarily of affluent business owners and their guests (I was a guest). These people are successful in their fields… Lawyers, investors, developers, doctors, entrepreneurs, upper management, etc.   I’m the school guy, a true curiosity at such an event. When one…

Don’t Believe the Political BS About Public Schools

Recently, a political operative masquerading as an expert on education unleashed the following in the social-mediaverse…   “Today, 606,000 Texas children will sit in D and F rating (sic) schools, were (sic) they are not learning to read or do math at grade level. Is this fair to them? Do they deserve a choice? 1,279…

School Performance Drivers – Segregation

Of the four main school performance drivers (Segregation, Life Experience, Instruction, Motivation) none is more insidious than segregation.   Segregation separates into groups of those having some advantage (have’s) and those not having the required advantages (have-not’s). The advantages can be varied. Common advantages are wealth, power, connections, aptitude, and/or motivation. Not surprisingly, when compared,…
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