Breaking News from the Temple, TX CSCOPE Meeting Monday February 25, 2013
XXXXX, thank you so much for the details about the Temple, Texas, CSCOPE meeting tonight. The fact that Tom Maynard, new member of the Texas State Board of Education, “sold” his vote to become the chair of the Committee on Instruction is a stunning admission. In other words, rather than do the right thing and cast his vote for a conservative patriot such as Ken Mercer, Tom decided to “sell” his vote to Ratliff, thereby “anointing” Ratliff and his power play. This is so disgusting. What a fool Maynard is to have allowed himself to be bought and paid for by Thomas Ratliff. Maynard will regret that decision as he sees what an unethical person Ratliff really is.
Who is Thomas Ratliff?
Ratliff is the son of former moderate Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and brother of Freshman House of Representative Bennett Ratliff who it just so happens was named by moderate Speaker of the House Joe Straus to the 2013 Public Education Committee.
Oh by the way….
Ratliff is a registered lobbyist for Microsoft who sells to clients who do business with the Texas State Board of Education and with the Texas Education Agency, and was ruled by Attorney General Greg Abbott to be ineligible to serve on the SBOE.The AG went even further and stated that because Ratliff is ineligible even to be on the SBOE, then Ratliff’s argument in which he says he can recuse himself from certain votes involving his clients is actually mute and void because Ratliff should not be on the SBOE in the first place.
So now the question becomes…. is it about educating Texas children or is it about a ruling class of special interest groups who are making millions of dollars off of our Tax dollars and taking money that should be going to hire good teachers who actually know how to educate children with solid Type 1 education and who know how to write a scope and sequence instead of depending on an ineffective curriculum like CSCOPE.
Here is a little financial information you may be interested in.
“CSCOPE: How Much Have Taxpayers Paid?”
Statement from Tom Fabry:These two areas alone — $13 Million for CSCOPE and $30 Million for TASA/TASB — add up to more than $43 Million tax dollars – all going [each year] to unelected organizations outside the control of the SBOE. Many of these are the same Texas school districts that have filed a lawsuit to force the Texas Legislature to give them more of our tax dollars.