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Bring Back the “Independent” in Grapevine Colleyville INDEPENDENT School District

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An Open Letter to Those Who Supported Me in Last Year’s GCISD School Board Election.

When I ran for GCISD school board one year ago, I witnessed a groundswell of stakeholders dissatisfied with changes in the district.

Halfway through LEAD 2021, with 3 students who experienced TAAS, TAKs and STAAR, who spent the last 6 years of their GCISD careers under the guise of “Personalized Learning,” I found nothing could be further from the truth.  The “personal” in LEAD 2021 is adaptive technology, not human guidance.  My youngest, who was exposed to LEAD 2021 in her more formidable years, did not have the academic legacy of my oldest.  Many know our family history and I will not discuss it here, but the district did not teach my girls to read. As a parent, I accepted responsibility and made sure they had appropriate reading instruction.  After that, I stood before the GCISD board (which is very different than today’s board) and with a group of other parents, made the board aware that GCISD is responsible for providing appropriate reading instruction for ALL students, not just the easy ones.  Today that is truer than ever in all subjects.  Every child in GCISD needs to learn to read well, write well, solve math efficiently and effectively, learn history and learn proven science laws and principles.  The district vision, created by the board, should include definitive measures of academic proficiency.  SAT and ACT are the only national measures of college readiness the majority of students in GCISD will take.  Despite great GCISD expense in test preparation and LEAD 2021 vision, the scores on these 2 nationalized tests are statistically flat.  What are GCISD tax payers getting for the investment in redefined education? Read More

Gerald Haddock Pops Up – But Who Is He?

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The biggest myth in politics is that donors give money to candidates in order to “buy” their vote. The fact is conservative donors give money to conservative candidates because they are already conservative and like-minded. The same happens on the left. Annie’s List gives money to liberal candidates because they are already liberal, not to buy their vote.

Every now and then, however, someone comes along, breaks that mold, and spreads money around in order to purchase influence, or worse, expecting a quid pro quo. This year a certain Gerald Haddock has appeared on the scene… and where ever he shows up things get shady and bizarre quickly. Read More

Rep Swanson Pays Out of Her Own Pocket to Serve Constituents

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It’s primary season and Valoree Swanson’s (HD150) opponent has come out with a new ad with some creative accusations.

Not only are the accusations made against Swanson false, the facts show the opposite; the conservative lawmaker is actually taking money out of her own pocket to serve her constituents. Unlike many lawmakers who use their campaign accounts for personal benefit, and other non-campaign related costs, Swanson should lauded for her integrity and personal sacrifice, not scorned.

Swanson is a freshman from Spring Texas, and the only female member of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the House. The establishment and lobby are not happy with the Freedom Caucus and are coming after them as best they can.

To do so they scraped the bottom of the barrel and put up James Wilson to primary Swanson. (Similarly the lobby recruited Terry Sain against Briscoe Cain, only to have him drop out once he realized he was just their pawn.) Wilson and his posse have come out with an attack ad today claiming Swanson has enriched herself using campaign funds to reimburse herself for mileage and travel expenses which are in the tens of thousands of dollars. Outrageous!!!….or is it? Read More

All Four Tarrant County Senators Response to Glen Whitley’s Misinformation

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February 11, 2018

To the Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley tells a bold-faced lie about the state budget and local property taxes and is hailed as a “truth teller” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram?

Let’s set the record straight. Local property tax rates are set by locally elected officials. Period. They are not determined by an informational rider in the state budget as Judge Whitley dishonestly suggests. He well knows our school finance formula dictates that local property tax revenue go into the system first, with state funding added on top. This has been the case since the 1940s. Local property tax collections dictate the state’s share of education funding – not vice versa.

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The Gloves Come Off in Tax Assessor-Collector Race

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A Tax Assessor-Collector’s race doesn’t usually get much notice, but this year’s Tarrant County four-way match up is attracting a lot of attention as Election Day nears and the gloves come off.

Over the last few days a poll has been running asking voters who they might choose in that race. Those who selected “Mike Snyder” as their candidate were directed to the following question “Would you change your vote if you knew that Mike Snyder does not pay his taxes?” It’s not a new accusation, but who is making it via a push poll? What is the real story?

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