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North Texans: Mark Your Calendar!

Two very important events are coming up in October. Read below for more details!

October 3rd: Congressional Youth Advisory Council – EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE

Ten years ago, I created the Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) in order to gain insight from 3rd District high school students and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential. The Council meets approximately twice each school semester. During the CYAC activities, high-achieving students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, experts, and institutions play in a democracy.   Read more »

at Sep 26, 2014 3:58 PM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

Katy ISD: Got Debt?

There are many issues that we encounter and deal with as a community on a local, city, state, and a national level. Some are more controversial than others, obviously. There is one issue that can tear apart an education community or school district faster than any of these other issues; a school bond proposal. Want to make it even more divisive? Throw in a new football stadium proposal in the bond proposal. Look. Out.   Read more »

at Sep 11, 2014 5:06 PM
       

Seize The Opportunities That Come With Each Academic Year

It’s back to school time and last week as I dropped my daughter Caroline off at her first day of first grade, I remembered the excitement that a new school year brings.

I wanted to give a message to our students: seize the opportunities that come with each academic year. Whether you’re starting kindergarten or finishing college, it’s an opportunity: an opportunity to work hard, attain new skills, and discover talents.   Read more »

at Aug 29, 2014 5:04 PM
       

Congressman Turner Protects Student Employees Introduces Bill Exempting Students from Burdensome ObamaCare Requirement

Following reports that students throughout the country are losing their jobs and having their hours restricted because of an ObamaCare requirement, I introduced the Student Job Protection Act.

ObamaCare requires certain employers to provide health insurance to employees working 30 hours or more a week or pay a tax.   Read more »

at Aug 15, 2014 4:53 PM
       

Congressman Lamar Smith Hosts Live Downlink with the International Space Station

Space inspires future generations to dream big and work hard. Many Americans remember where they were 45 years ago when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The first foot prints on the moon’s surface were made by Americans.

As Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I recently hosted a special live downlink with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).   Read more »

at Aug 8, 2014 4:50 PM
       

We Will Not Conform: Portrait of a Home School Family

We will not conform. We will not conform. We will not conform. No, it isn't a chant or a mantra. It's a statement of fact. Something that we as grassroots activists should be used to by now. How about another group of folks who could be considered full-time protesters? Another group of people who might be used to not conforming for even longer than the tea party groups have been around.

at Jul 23, 2014 4:08 PM
       

Simplifying the Tax Code for Families

As a parent and grandparent, I know there’s nothing more rewarding than building a family. But I also know having kids can come at a high cost. This week, the House will vote on two bills to streamline our current tax code to reduce the cost of starting a family and sending your kids to college. The Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 adjusts the child tax credit to account for recent inflation and eliminates our current tax code’s marriage penalty

at Jul 22, 2014 5:21 PM
       

Common Core FAQs - Your Questions Answered

The Common Core. Now that we've established that you have heard of it before, let's go a little deeper into the topic. We've all heard that our education system is broken, right? Then, one would assume that Common Core would attempt to be the solution to the problem.

Since we're talking about solutions here, we would also assume that the Common Core would help improve critical thinking and problem solving skills.

at Jul 21, 2014 2:17 PM
       

We Will Not Conform LIVE: Making Common Core History-A Glenn Beck Event

Heard of Common Core? I'll bet you have. Heard of Glenn Beck? Two for two; not bad! How about the upcoming event that's being put together by Glenn Beck about Common Core? No? Well, stay tuned and I'll give you all the deets!

Next Tuesday, July 22nd in Dallas, Glenn Beck along with Freedomworks, which is a group I'm sure you've also heard of before, are teaming up to put on an event called

at Jul 17, 2014 8:06 AM
       

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