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Texas House To Build on HB5 Education Reforms

Austin - The Texas House will continue to strengthen college and career readiness in the upcoming legislative session by providing additional training for high school guidance counselors, Speaker Joe Straus said Monday.

The initiative will build on the successes of House Bill 5, a major education reform measure that the Legislature passed unanimously in 2013. House Bill 5 changed high school graduation requirements to allow

at Jan 5, 2015 5:00 PM

Becoming a Better Writer

In this episode I share some tips for becoming a better writer!
at Jan 3, 2015 10:02 PM
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Nominating Students to Military Academies

For high school students who’d like to follow the footsteps of these heroes, I’d like to point out one of the many ways you can serve our nation. We have five service academies that that teach young students like you the honor, discipline, strategy, and bravery of serving as an officer in the U.S. military: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.   Read more »

at Oct 7, 2014 5:00 PM

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


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