Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Texas Right-Wing Republicans Start Targeting The Moderates

The 65% Rule, or as I like to call it "Ruse" is just that: A scam. When I initially wrote about the 65% Rule back in August the post finished talking about what the strategy of the right-wing voucher wackos will be. They will not target Democrats, already having the majority they will target their own moderate/independent thinking party members that don't follow like sheep. Or robots as these two links show, Pink Dome and Greg's Opinion. As Greg implies at the end of his post, maybe these moderate R's should be gently offered a home with the Democratic Party. I say maybe even in the New Mainstream.

But to be sure this is a strategy by the far right - "Wing-nuts" - of the Republican Party to make sure that all the Republicans in the legislature next session are on board with vouchers.

Sherry Neeley is out West telling everyone that the 65% Rule is a go for next school year,Commissioner: 65 percent rule to be ready by summer. Even though many are still not on board, 65 percent rule sparks concern among MISD employees. They will go with the NCES definition of direct classroom instruction:
According to the order, "Texas public schools will be required to spend an increasingly greater share of funds on direct classroom instruction as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) until the goal of 65 percent is reached." The NCES has defined direct classroom instruction as "instructional expenditures for activities directly associated with the interaction between teachers and students" including teacher salaries and benefits, textbooks, and supplies, according to its Web site.
And here is the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) take on the 65-percent rule


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