Recently Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath appeared before a state budget panel to lay out the Texas Education Agency’s budget request through 2021. In his testimony, Commissioner Morath projected a drop in the state’s general revenue request for public education by more than $3.5 billion for the next biennium due to increasing revenue from local property taxes. … [Read more...] about When will Texas adequately fund public education?
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) performs a crucial role in reviewing the material taught in our public schools. Among all of the educational disciplines, our Texas history is among the most important to be taught to our children. History itself is full of ironies. I have the distinct honor to serve Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate, an area that encompasses the … [Read more...] about Don’t mess with Texas history
Dear Editor, It is not often that people thank you for what you do to correct bad situations regarding our government agencies listening to the citizens. There is nothing like sunshine (or “Star” light) to get the attention of people who work for the taxpayers. The letter written by Linden Hudson last week pointed out the same problem I complained about in my letter a few … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor – Sugar Land not responding to flood concerns
Dear Editor, I’ve been too busy with a project to take the time to write to you, respecting an editorial piece you wrote entitled, “Teacher who jumped on car should be lauded a hero,” published May 16, 2018, in the Star. I have saved the piece all of this time until now that I have the time to write to you. Ms. Rita Trimmer-Ray drove recklessly and endangered the lives of … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor – Teacher no hero for jumping on car
Today, 53 years after the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, Jim Crow still dares to raise its head in Texas. While we celebrate the gains made in minority representation and self-determination, we cannot ignore the fact that in places such as the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), racially-exclusive tactics still bar access to power in decisions affecting … [Read more...] about State Sen. Miles seeks single-member districts in Fort Bend ISD