Once Again… The Facts About Mass Shootings Presented In An Understandable Format

Everything is the same, until it isn’t. All the “causes” our  political leaders trot out after every mass shooting event are patently false. I’ve listed the most common of them on the chart above.   If the in-common reasons were the true cause, then mass shootings would be common occurrences in our peer countries. But…

Rebuttals To The Same Tired Talking Points

Time to play the same old broken record… Here is what I have heard from Republican politicians this week (paraphrased). BR = Broken Record. A = Answer   BR: “Now is not the time to talk about gun regulations because to do so would be to politicize tragedy.”  A: Since horrific mass shooting events are occurring…

Once Again, Thoughts and Prayers Did Not Work

To Our National and State Level Republican Elected Officials,   I am a lifelong gun owner. I enjoy hunting, shooting skeet and target practice at the gun range. I am licensed to carry a concealed firearm. I am not afraid of guns.   I share the above to strengthen my case when I say the…

Texas Mass Shootings (Updated)

August 2019: Midland / Odessa Texas – 7 Dead, 22+ Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn:               Empty Words Texas Senator Ted Cruz:                    Empty Words Texas Governor Greg Abbott:            Empty Words Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick:       Empty Words   August 2019: El Paso, Texas – 22 Dead, 24+ Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn:              …

Ignorant, Negligent or Complicit?

Just this past week…   Friday, August 30, 2019 – Mobile, Alabama: Ten teenagers were shot leaving a high school football game. Luckily, no one was killed.   Saturday, August 31, 2019 – Midland / Odessa, Texas: Seven people were killed and over 22 wounded while working, driving and enjoying the day.   Monday, September 2,…

The Current History of Political Inaction

Recent Texas Mass Shooting Events July 2016: Dallas, Texas – 5 Dead, 11 Wounded Texas Senator John Cornyn: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Senator Ted Cruz: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Governor Greg Abbott: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: No Meaningful Action, Policy or Legislation…

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 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.…

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…

Yet Another Stupid Public Education Idea From The Texas Senate

The Texas Senate, led by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, has proposed yet another stupid idea that combines everything that wrong with both Texas school funding and accountability.   Base campus funding on performance on the state accountability test (STAAR).   This is the same accountability test that has a significant positive performance correlation to the…

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 – 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 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.   Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it…

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…

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…

vote? Vote. VOTE!

Listen up educators, this is it! Crunch time! It’s the Citizenship Super Bowl… ELECTION DAY!   Either you go to the polls and pull the lever for the Governor, Senator, Congressperson, State Senator, State Representative and School Board Member that supports Public Education…   Or… YOU are part of the problem.   There is no,…

Top LYS Tweets (GO VOTE Edition) – November, 5 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.   The crisis in Texas public school funding is not an accident.…

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…

Top LYS Tweets – October 29, 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.   For all you straight ticket Republican voters, pause and consider…

Top LYS Tweets – October 22, 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.   The root causes of our property tax and school funding…

Top LYS Tweets – October 15, 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.   I cannot support someone that purportedly “represents me” and doesn’t want…
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