House Bill 610- “The beginning of the end of public education??”

Friends,

I know that I have not posted in a while as I have been really busy with several projects and school work etc. But, the bill that has been introduced by two Republican members of Congress or, House Bill 610 in my opinion is the beginning of the end of public education. Now, I would like each member of Congress to know that in my personal opinion any elected official in Congress who has the idea that somehow beginning to defund public schools and not allowing each and every child in our country have an equal and fair chance at a good public education should not be re-elected. For, this issue is greater than any issue that is Democratic or Republican. This issue is about the Children of our great nation and their ability and opportunity to receive a good education regardless of where they live or if they are rich or poor. For, I have many family members that have taught or are currently teaching in the public school system and it is very discouraging that the leaders of our great nation have now in front of them not only the opportunity to keep the future leaders and minds of our country from their chance to get a quality public education. But, all we ever hear from the Republican party is how moral they are and Ted Cruz is a prime example of how he waves the fact that his father is a minister around like it is a battle flag when in fact I do not feel that God appreciates Senator Cruz using his father’s calling to be a man of God as a way to win votes. For, how christian like is it to not answer your phone when public school teacher in Texas call your office and then when they appear at your office to speak to you. The people who put you in office Senator Cruz what do you do? Do you act in a Christian like manner?? I guess if you consider having the teachers escorted off of your property and away from your office Christian like then I guess you are living and walking in the light like you claim. But, I beg to differ. I do believe that Jesus would have listened to their concerns and would of had a little more respect for the people who elected him to public office. Did you forget that Senator Cruz? Did you think that perhaps the teacher vote just might be your downfall or have you already grown such a big head that you feel that just because you are a Republican you will automatically be re-elected. Well, Senator I really do not care your political affiliation because when you disrespected those public school teachers. You insulted their families and all of the other teachers in Texas who work tirelessly for hardly any pay to try and educate the children of Texas with less and less resources every year. Shame on you!! I urge everyone that sees this blog to read the information below and call as many people in Washington as you can. It is time that Democrats and Republicans take back our government It is time to put party politics aside and fix these issues and the only way to do that is to clean house!!! Because their actions have not shown us that they even care about the ordinary people who trusted their judgement when they were elected. It is time to take action and stand united and stand up for our children. For, we know that the Education Secretary has about as much experience as I do at Bull Riding so, if we do not take back our Government and show how we feel and let our voices be heard. Nothing will ever be done!! That is why I am announcing that I will be organizing a day of action on behalf of the Public School Teachers of Texas in the next few months. Please if you would like to help feel free to contact me for it is time that we take it to every capitol building and show our elected officials on the state and local level that we will not stand of this anymore and they can either vote in a manner that represents the will of the people. Or, they will no longer have a job!! Please join me!!!! It is time!!! You can reach me at: jdawsonhicks@gmail.com. I will respond as fast as I can as I get a lot of emails a day. But, I will respond!! I am with you and I hope you will join the cause!!! But, we must do this together as Americans. Putting party politics aside!! Read the information below!! Thanks, Dawson

 

House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.
In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

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Timeline of Republican Nominee for Texas Senate Dawn Buckingham’s Candidate Resume Fraud

2012 – US Senate Investigation & State Attorneys General Investigation

  • A fraud investigation by 20 State Attorneys General uncovered that National American University (under the leadership of Buckingham’s family) was one of several for-profit universities using a deceptive website “GIBill.com” that was preying upon veterans and their GI Bill education money. The website’s operators were fined, the website shut down, and the website’s name turned over the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Source:
GIBill.com shut down in settlement over defrauding veterans;
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success; See page 68 of the report, footnote #240

 

  • In 2012, the United States Senate also released the results of a two-year investigation of the predatory for-profit university industry. The investigation targeted National American University and 14 other for-profit schools for putting corporate profit ahead of student education and leaving veterans and other students with massive debt in unpaid college loans for degrees. The report noted that NAU and these other for-profit schools were charging substantially more for college degrees than similar educational costs at state universities or community colleges. The investigation specifically exposed the deceptive and predatory marketing practices that NAU was using to recruit veterans and other students.

Source:
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success – United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee;
National American University For-Profit Report;

 

  • The 2012 United States Senate for-profit university investigation also brought to light that Buckingham’s father-in-law (who is also now the largest contributor in her 2016 State Senate bid) paid himself as Chairman of NAU over $3 million dollars in 2010 for managing a university with just 8,000 students. Comparatively, this salary is more than the collective salaries of the Chancellors of the UT system, Texas A&M system and Texas Tech system which have collectively over 400,000 students.

Source:
For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success – United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee;
National American University For-Profit Report;
Pay is Climbing Fast for Texas University Leaders

 

2013 – Buckingham Begins Serving on NAU Board of Governors

  • As a financially compensated stockholder, Dawn Buckingham began her service on the Board of Governors of NAU as it aggressively marketed for veterans and economically disadvantaged students in Texas (ie, students eligible for federal education funding).

Source:
Dawn Buckingham 2014 – 2016 Personal Financial Statements Filed with Texas Ethics Commission

2014 – Undisclosed Conflict of Interest Violation

  • Buckingham is appointed by Lt Governor David Dewhurst to the Texas Sunset Commission that was tasked with consideration of reforms to the Texas Workforce Commission to protect veterans and other students from abusive profiteering by the for-profit career businesses in Texas. At a December 2014 hearing, Buckingham twice lobbied the Commission as a sitting member to weaken accountability reforms on the for-profit career industry.

Source:
Texas Sunset Commission Hearing – 12/10/14 
(Buckingham’s remarks begin at 1:34:00 and continue past the 1:50:00 mark.)

 

2015 – Candidate Resume Fraud Begins

  • The Veterans Education Success organization released a national study showing how for-profit universities were taking advantage of veterans and other students with expensive and bogus college degrees that did not qualify them for jobs. Specially mentioned in the Veterans Education Success study were college degrees in Texas offered by NAU while Buckingham served on its Board of Governors.
  • To distance herself from NAU’s scandalous connection to charges of predatory marketing, fraud and exploitation of veteran and GI bill education money, Buckingham resigns from its Board of Governors just two months prior to launching her State Senate Campaign. She then purposely omits her involvement with NAU on all of her campaign material.

Source:
“The GI Bill Pays for Degrees That Do Not Lead To a Job”;
Dawn Buckingham 2016 Personal Financial Statement Filed with Texas Ethics Commission;
dawnbuckingham.com

 

2016 Primary-Candidate Resume Fraud Undetected in Primary

Buckingham’s resume fraud goes undetected in the March 1st primary despite the fact that 72% of the contributions and loans in her State Senate campaign came from stockholders and/or board members of NAU including a $100,000 contribution from her father-in-law who is also Chairman of NAU.

2016 Runoff- Candidate Resume Fraud Exposed In Runoff

  • Buckingham’s campaign resume fraud would have likely gone unnoticed in the runoff too, but for a question by a veterans organization this past April and an investigation by the Austin-based Quorum Report.
  • Since having her NAU Board position exposed, Buckingham has refused to provide an explanation or requested information to the press or with concerned veterans organizations.
  • Buckingham has also refused to make public how much compensation, stock, and profit she has accumulated over the last ten years from National American University.
  • According to a May 2, 2016 KVUE-TV investigative report, National American University has only a 25% graduate rate and its students have an average debt of $34,486. To put that in perspective, the graduation rate at the University of Texas is 79 percent and its students have an average debt of $22,165.

Source:
Dawn Buckingham Campaign Finance Reports Filed with Texas Ethics Commission;
http://www.national.edu/sec-filings/;
Senate candidate Buckingham under scrutiny for ties to “predatory” for-profit college;
KVUE Defenders Investigation: For-profit universities 

This Information was originally published by: http://www.texasgopvote.com

Click on the link below for the full article:

 

The Dawn Buckingham (R) Candidate Resume Fraud File

 

Jennie Lou Leeder Visits Comanche County

A couple of weeks ago the Democratic Nominee for the Texas Senate representing District 24 visited Comanche County. In the early morning hours she began her tour with a stop at the Historic Old Cora on the Comanche Square. Then, to cover as much ground as possible she went to Deleon, Texas to chat with the Coffee Drinkers at HWY 6 Cafe. After about a thirty minute chat with the locals in Deleon she visited the Doctors Medical Center as she wanted to see first hand the Healthcare that Comanche County has and although most of the Doctors were on their rounds. She did meet with the receptionists and speak to them about issues regarding healthcare. Then it was off to the Corps of Engineers where she spoke to the Proctor Lake Manager about infrastructure issues that she has on her mind and wanted feedback on what he wanted to see happen in Austin. After that she visited the Upper Leon Water District where she talked at length with a worker who was very concerned with the direction the country is going in. She answered very tough questions about almost everything regarding the Democratic Party. After that great visit she Toured Durham Pecan’s Factory and Retail Shop on HWY 377. She was amazed to see how such a small town could have such an operation and was even treated to some of their legendary chocolate covered peanuts. Finally, to wrap up her tour she visited the Comanche County Courthouse and met the Tax Accessor and the County Clerk. She encourages anyone with questions to contact her directly as she answers her phone and her email personally and you can find her contact information at: http://www.jennielouleeder.com

Left to Right: Jennie Lou Leeder at Durham’s Pecan Plant and Retail Store with Plant Manager David Brawley and Lance Morgan; Jennie Lou Leeder chatting with the coffee drinkers at: HWY 6 Cafe in Deleon, Texas; Jennie Lou Leeder at Historic Old Cora in Downtown Comanche, Texas

Is Dawn Buckingham Really For Public Education??

I have been covering the tight Senate District 24 race between Republican Candidate Dawn Buckingham an Eye Surgeon from Austin. (How a Surgeon can relate to a Senate District made mostly of Agriculturally based rural towns is beyond me.) But, she did win the runoff over Susan King the widely adored State Representative from Abilene. Buckingham’s tactics in the race were the most vicious I have ever seen in a Texas race. But, that is besides the point. We are focused on Texas Education and how Dawn Buckingham has said that she is for Public Education. Well, if that is the case then why does she keep missing the Retired Texas Teachers Association meetings. She was a no show in Mills County. Although, I was informed that she will be holding a meet and greet in Mills County. Which to the best of my knowledge she did not visit the County during the Primary or the Runoff Campaign. She said that she had to work. Now, I can understand that a Dr. must tend to her patients and I agree that yes patients are important. But, Buckingham has been popping up everywhere across the District , but with only certain people. She was pictured with a few people here and there , but they tend to be people that I guess she can relate to. People that are not your average main street , blue collar workers in my opinion. Why is she not attending meetings like the Retired Teachers? Perhaps we should be asking ourselves if she really is for Public Education considering Governor Perry tried to get ahold of the Teacher Retirement Service , but failed. The Republican Party in Texas has a history of not supporting Public Education and Teachers , but supporting Vouchers and Private Schools. Dr. Buckingham, are you really for public education?? Why are you not showing up at these meetings?? Feel free to email me at: jdawsonhicks@gmail.com with your response. I would love to hear your reasons behind it. An elected official who will remain nameless best described her I think when he or she said that she was just, “Another Politician” and then he pleaded the fifth. dawn

“When Trump Came to Town”..(Dawn Buckingham R-Senate District 24 Hopeful was there with the TX Politicians who are Republican Trump Supporters…well, she was one of three)

When Trump Came To Town

By: Gene

Yesterday the orange guy spent 6 or 8 hours in Austin appearing at three events. The first was the taping of a Fox News town hall event with Sean Hannity. Fox will broadcast this over two nights. If you’re interested (I’m not) you can probably get dates and times on the Fox website. There was room on the stage for the usual hangers on who want to be seen with the Republican #1. Was Governor Greg Abbott there? Nope (he said he had a Dr. appointment). Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick? Nope (even though he was in Austin at the time). Atty Gen Ken Paxton? Another no. When Ken Paxton doesn’t want to be seen with you… you’re toxic!

So who were the hangers on who in effect were announcing “I’m with this guy.”? Well, there were apparently three of them… shameless Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, a state rep from Lockhart and the (apparently also shameless) R candidate for our State Senate Dist. 24 seat, Dawn Buckingham! Dawn Buckingham and the orange guy… what a pair.

The second event was a fundraiser, closed to the press with a base ticket price of $2,700. $25,000 to $100,000 givers got a 15 minute photo op/face-to-face. Since this event was closed to the press there wouldn’t be any of those embarrassing photos that might link one with an undesirable so these Rs sneaked out of the closet… US Rep Lamar Smith, US Rep John Carter, former State Comptroller Susan Combs and “gosh, I was just too busy to attend the town hall” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

How about our Republican US Rep Roger Williams? His/our district includes a large chunk of Austin, surely he’d be there. Uh, negative on that.

Williams was in Gatesville a few days ago where, according the the Gatesville Messenger, he addressed a group of “local business and government leaders.” I’ll pirate a copy of the story and send it to you but Williams spewed the same old junk and those hand-picked “business and government leaders” probably ate it with a spoon.

The A-S didn’t have much interesting to say (mostly a few nonsensical statements from attendees) about the 3rd event, a standard Trump rally.
While running errands around town yesterday and listening to KLBJ-AM, an Austin station, they discussed the rally and said “people were coming from as far as Gatesville.” Everything in Gatesville looked pretty normal to me- no evidence of a mass exodus.

Democratically,
Gene

A letter….

Friends,

I do not know about you , but aren’t we all glad that this year’s political season is almost over. We are not too far from the general election and I just wanted to remind people to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I know that many of us find it easy to complain about the politicians we have in office and it is easy to get caught up in the fault’s that each of them may or may not have. I do realize that we are all sick and tired of the ads and the phone calls and the emails. (I am totally over the emails.) But, this is the political process and what it has evolved into in today’s modern times. Yes, I am sure that many people do not agree with my point of view. I might not see things the way that you see them either. But, at the end of the day we are trying to achieve the same goal. We are trying to do what is best for the country that we both love and at the end of the day. After the dust clears and the election is over. We are all Americans and we are still the United States and we must not forget that we live in the GREATEST nation on earth. Regardless of what you have been told America is still great in my eyes. Because we still have men and women who are willing to die so that I may live in a free country. We still have veterans living like both of my grandfathers who fought during World War II and have stories about how America along with a few other countries defeated one of the worst enemies the world has ever known. We still today have the cities and the small towns that make up the great melting pot we call America. Let us never forget that our founding fathers were immigrants who took the chance and went up against the King of England to fight for a dream a vision they had of a free land where we all are created equal. Regardless, if you are black, white, brown, red or blue we all are Americans. We need to remember that yes our country is faced with enemies around the world and sometimes the enemies are in our very backyards. But, we as Americans should never turn our backs on each other because of our differences in beliefs. Instead, we should embrace the simple fact that we have the freedom to have our own beliefs and voice our opinions. So, regardless if you are voting for Trump or Clinton or writing in Mickey Mouse for President of the United States this November in the voting booth. I ask you to take the time and take part in the process that so many people so many years ago fought and died for so that we may have this simple, but powerful right.

Mis amigos hispanos satisfacer si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre cómo o dónde se encuentre a votar . O desea registrarse para votar, puede ponerse en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento . Usted también tiene el derecho legal de voto y sus derechos sean protegidos . Habrá gente de habla hispana en las urnas en el condado de Comanche y habrá materiales en español para que pueda votar tu voz también cuenta! ¡Estoy con usted!

Much Love,

 

Dawson

Donald Trump’s poll numbers collapse as general election looms ( Re-Post by: Benjy Sarlin)

The bottom is dropping out for Donald Trump.

While Trump was never popular outside of his loyal slice of GOP voters, a raft of new polls show his national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base.

A collection of recent surveys by Real Clear Politics finds, on average, 30 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of Trump versus 63 percent who hold a negative one. Those numbers are roughly parallel to former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings during his final months in office, which set the stage for President Barack Obama’s landslide victory.

America’s widespread loathing for Trump puts further pressure on Republican delegates to deny him the nomination in July if he falls short of a majority, a move that would set off an ugly civil war — but one that some in the party believe would be necessary to stave off generational damage.

Trump’s worsening position comes after a tumultuous period in which he has faced widespread criticism within his party over his violent rhetoric and, more recently, his attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz. The news has not improved much in recent days, which featured the arrest of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski and Trump’s flip flop over “punishment” for women who terminate their pregnancy.

RELATED: Donald Trump holds surprise meeting with RNC in DC

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton leads Trump by double digits in at least six national polls in March, even as her own favorability ratings appear weak. Using 2008 as a reference point again, Obama’s popular vote margin against Sen. John McCain was just more than 7 percent.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan election forecaster affiliated with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, handicapped the general election based on the latest numbers and the results were not pretty for the GOP. According to their best guess, Democrats would begin a race against Trump with states totaling 347 electoral votes already solidly in their camp or leaning that way. They need 270 to win.

Joe: The past few days have been bad for Trump

Top Democratic strategists have warned that Trump could be a tougher out than he appears. His campaign has emphasized its strength with blue collar white voters, and some Clinton allies and labor officials have expressed concern that Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin might flip under the right circumstances.

Recent polls, however, strongly undermine the idea Trump has the kind of popularity needed to make that approach work. A Washington Post/ABC News poll early this month found a majority of non-college whites (52 percent) and white men (51 percent) disapproved of Trump — a shocking find given their importance to his coalition.

There are red flags at the state level as well. A Marquette University poll of Wisconsin voters this week found 70 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump. Clinton led Trump by 10 points, despite only tying Sen. Ted Cruz in the same poll.

Trump’s numbers are horrific among black and Hispanic voters — two groups that the RNC argued the party needed to aggressively court in its autopsy of the 2012 election. Some Republican strategists have argued, however, that the GOP could still squeak by in 2016 by improving their margins with white votersalone.

That second option looks a lot harder, however, the more Trump exacerbates his already weak position with women.

The Post/ABC News survey found three-quarters of women held an unfavorable view of Trump — and that was before his Lewandoski was charged with battery against a female reporter and Trump proposed “some form of punishment” for women who terminate a pregnancy should abortion be outlawed. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll the same month found 70 percent of women nationally held an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

For a worst case scenario, look no further than former Senate candidate Todd Akin who won just 39 percent of the total vote in red-leaning Missouri in 2012 after claiming women rarely get pregnant from“legitimate rape.”

Trump’s remarks on abortion Wednesday infuriated Republicans and pro-life activists who have spent years trying to train candidates to avoid inflammatory rhetoric and positions around the issue. Trumpwalked back his comments the same day, but his frequent blow-ups are heightening fears within the GOP that Republicans down the ballot will spend the entire election reacting to his stumbles.

RELATED: Why Trump’s controversies matter for all Republicans

For the first time this cycle, some analysts are suggesting the Republican House majority — commonly thought to be impregnable until at least 2022 thanks to GOP-friendly maps — could come into play if Trump’s numbers were to hold and the party fractured over his candidacy. As for the Senate, Democrats started the year on offense thanks to an outsize number of vulnerable GOP seats and it’s hard to imagine the majority not changing hands in a crushing Trump defeat.

Adding to Republican woes, Obama’s approval rating has been perking up and is now consistently in positive territory for the first time since early in his second term. With unemployment at less than 5 percent, gas prices low, and the economy growing at a steady pace, the environment looks more favorable for Democrats than might have been expected even a few months ago.

There’s still a decent chance Trump will not be the nominee. He’s unlikely to win a contested convention thanks to his weak support among party leaders and a complicated set of delegate rules that make it hard for him to pack the room with loyal supporters.

Such a move would come with its own downsides, however. Trump has predicted “riots” from his supporters if he loses, and it seems highly likely he would direct his voters to not support the Republican nominee in November. That would likely do fatal damage to someone like Cruz, whose path to victory is difficult enough without Trump undermining him.

This would normally be the point in an article where all the caveats are listed: It’s early, maybe Trump can improve his standing with voters, perhaps he can heal rifts within the GOP by November, etc.

Unlike past candidates, however, Trump is almost universally well known at this point and respondents to polls indicate strong feelings about his candidacy. He’s also yet to weather any attacks from the left, whereDemocrats are preparing a massive campaign to drag him down in ways that his Republican rivals cannot. Unless something big changes, Trump could cross a point of no return well before the Republican convention takes place.