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…

Top LYS Tweets – October 8, 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.   Until the school grading system measures adult work as accurately…

Top LYS Tweets – October 1, 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 most important thing I learned in Kindergarten today. First,…

The Third (of Many) Problem with the A-F School Rating System

Last week I wrote that the Texas School Accountability System in its current form is designed to further an anti-public school agenda. There are a host of reasons why this is the case, but today I will focus on only one… Value Added Performance   The Anti-Public School Politician needs a school’s accountability system to…

Top LYS Tweets – September 24, 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.   Public school administrators and school board members ARE NOT prohibited…

The Second (of Many) Problem with the A-F School Rating System

Earlier this week, I wrote that the Texas School Accountability System in its current form is morally flawed.   Again, this from a person who believes that school accountability done correctly is good for the profession.   Here is why I know this is the system is morally flawed.   The bureaucrats defending the system…

The First (of Many) Problem with the A-F School Rating System

Yesterday, I wrote that the Texas School Accountability System in its current form is intellectually dishonest.   And, just to remind everybody, I’m a school accountability advocate.   Here is the reason why “intellectually dishonest” is more a statement of fact and less an opinion.   First, there is a significant positive correlation between a…
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