Sign the Petition to Veto HB 4294!
by Terri Leo on June 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM
Please join citizens in appealing to Governor Perry to VETO HB 4294, which is a poorly conceived bill. Governor Perry is the only hope for preserving authority by our elected representatives in the State Board of Education (SBOE) over electronic textbooks.
Your Action is Required!
- Sign the online petition,
- Call Gov. Perry at 512-463-2000 / 800-252-9600,
- or send a fax Gov. Perry Urgent at 512-463-1849.
Talking Points and details regarding this include:
- Content can already be delivered electronically now, without HB4294-there is no reason for this bill to exist!
- HB4294 establishes a second content path WITHOUT the SBOE or public “check and balance” we have now
- HB4294 would allow publishers to add or delete content at will without the elected SBOE approval
- The new second path would NOT fine publishers for errors unless they were “intentional”. Currently ALL errors are subject to fines. The new second path to content in the classrooms would enable publishers to claim errors were “unintentional” and hence avoid all fines!
- Politicians have been less than candid with constituents about this second content path
- SBOE “comments” (under HB4294) are completely without authority to act or reject
- Data in pilot studies do NOT show that laptops improve learning, but rather, show they hurt, including the four year $20 million dollar Texas Technology Immersion Pilot study. Those researchers concluded,”Given the financial and logistical challenges of implementing and sustaining the Technology Immersion model, statewide implementation may not be possible.”
- Online security is a huge issue. Hacking, inappropriate and graphic websites, cheating (reported just this week!), etc. Do you want your child to have unsupervised access with their own personal laptop?
- It unconstitutionally re-directs Permanent School Fund (PSF) money currently under the direction of the elected SBOE from textbooks to electronics under the direction of the appointed Commissioner. The Texas Attorney General has already ruled that laptops are not textbooks!
- The elected SBOE members spend the better part of their lives voluntarily trying to address these and other education issues. Respectfully, most of our legislators don't have nearly as much knowledge and expertise on education as the elected SBOE.
Help rescue the taxpayers, children, and teachers of Texas by vetoing HB 4294!