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Denton’s Fracking Ban on the Ballot

October 13, 2014

The City of Denton is considering a ban on fracking.  Voters will decide in November if the city will ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting gas from deep below the earth’s surface. The issue centers on who regulates oil and gas in the state.  Federal and state regulations currently apply, and […]

$6.3 Billion Surprises on the November Ballot

October 09, 2014

In addition to electing a new Texas governor, lieutenant governor and other officials, Texans will consider  $6,337,145,581 —that’s right, over $6.3 billion — in new local debt when they go to the polls in November.  Actually, early voting starts Oct 20 and runs through Oct 31. Few Texans realize that 87 local bond initiatives – […]

Poor SAT Scores Beg the Need for Education Reform

October 08, 2014

By Peggy Venable This week, the College Board released data which revealed the Class of 2014 posted some of the lowest SAT scores in more than 20 years.  The national reading scores averaged 497; Texans averaged 476. National math scores were 513; Texans averaged 495. National writing scores were 487 while Texans earned 461. Reading […]

Teachers Will Earn More with School Choice

September 25, 2014

We have been frustrated that only half the Education dollars get directed to the classrooms, and teachers earn only a fraction of that. TPPF has done a study of teacher pay when school choice is available to parents and kids. Then good teachers will be in demand and their pay will increase. Here is an […]

It’s Constitution Day!

September 17, 2014

We the People of the United States… It’s the supreme law of the land.  Written in the 18th century, the US Constitution was meant to serve generations to come as the principles the Founders articulated transcend both time and technology. The document wasn’t written to be placed on the shelf but to live in the […]

AFP Statement by Peggy Venable: Austin and Travis County Spending, Debt

September 09, 2014

AFP Statement by Peggy Venable at Press Conference on Austin and Travis County Spending and Debt Sept 9, 2014, Austin City Hall We at Americans for Prosperity are concerned that spending – and debt – is outpacing the Austin area’s growth. Moreover, local government debt in Texas is a growing threat to our economic freedom. […]

TODAY'S SCHOOL FINANCE RULING IS DISAPPOINTING BUT PREDICTABLE

August 28, 2014

District Court Judge John Dietz’s ruling fails to address the important state constitutional issue of efficiency which is defined as productivity of results.  Today’s adequacy ruling was predictable and ultimately irrelevant. We at Americans for Prosperity are convinced that restructuring the state school finance system is necessary to enhance efficiencies and that putting education decision […]

Texas Tops List on Economic Prosperity; Near Bottom of List on Government Debt

August 15, 2014

Statement by Peggy Venable Policy and Legislative Director, AFP-Texas & Senior Fellow, Americans for Prosperity Texas is the top state in the country on economic performance but the state’s economic outlook is dimmed by one blaring problem in Texas. This week, an updated Rich States, Poor States report, officially named the ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index, […]

New School Accountability Ratings are Out

August 08, 2014

New School Accountability Ratings are Out See How Your School Was Rated The Texas Education Agency released the 2014 school accountability standards today amid much anticipation. The rating system assessment measures and evaluates student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness. Just over 84% of Texas schools met the standards leaving 9% requiring […]

AFP-TX Declares Support for Biennial Budget Plan

July 16, 2014

AUSTIN — The Texas chapter of Americans for Prosperity is offering its support today for a plan to cap biennial spending released by the Texans for a Conservative Budget Coalition. The plan would hold budget growth to no more than population growth plus inflation. AFP-Texas State Director Mike Hasson and AFP States Policy Director Peggy […]