SENSIBLE GUN VIOLENCE REFORM
It is time we invest in Texas children and families.
The State Legislature has continuously failed our communities by refusing to adequately invest in our children. Today, our children are packed in oversized classrooms, have access to fewer academic resources and are dropping out at alarming rates.
According to a recent study (Intercultural Development Research Association, "Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas," October 2017), approximately 25% of Texas high school students dropped out during the 2016-2017 school year. That means 11 students per hour who, as adults, will not possess basic reading, writing and math skills! That puts them at a severe disadvantage in Texas’ highly competitive job market.
What will the future of Texas look like if we lose one in four future teachers, caretakers, welders, plumbers, doctors, mechanics, nurses, and lawyers? Over the last three decades alone, we have lost over 3.7 million students who never graduated high school and may never reach the heights of their potential. Since 2008, Texas has made the deepest cuts to State education funding in the U.S., only behind Oklahoma.
It is time we turn the tide!
As an educator and the parent of a Texas public high school senior, I am committed to strengthening our public schools and empowering our children. I believe every child deserves a textbook. I believe every child deserves access to technology. I believe every child deserves a qualified, committed teacher. I believe every child deserves to be educated in a clean, safe environment. I believe that every child is a gift with the potential to thrive and prosper. I believe in the future of Texas. Today, we can no longer afford to sacrifice our children and place our public educational system in a financial stranglehold.
Failing to invest in our children today will lead to dire consequences for our future tomorrow.
Ten years ago, Texas provided 45% in public-school funding. Today, despite rising student populations, Texas has reduced its public-school funding to 38%, forcing local taxpayers to fill the gap while also diverting funds to various voucher programs they call “tax credits.”
Texas House District 102 deserves a committed Representative who will fight for our children, our families and our future.
As an educator, public school parent, and lifelong servant, I have what it takes to move us into the future and out from being stuck in the past.
TEXAS EDUCATION TODAY:
Texas Ranks 41 in Pre-K through 12
Texas Ranks 33 in Higher Education
Texas Ranks 36th in per pupil spending, below the national average.
Texas Ranks 46th in academic and work environment category. The category weighs factors like school systemquality, teacher-to-student ratios, teacher turnover, safety and teacher union strength.
TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 102 – EDUCATIONAL SNAPSHOT
60% of children in preschool through 12th grade are enrolled in public school only.
HD 102 School Districts – Dallas Independent School District, Richardson School District and Garland School District
Breakdown of Student Population Under Eighteen
DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 3%
Anglo – 26%
Black – 26.1%
Hispanic – 42.3%
Other – 7.5%
GARLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 3%
Anglo – 7.1%
Black – 9.2%
Hispanic – 75.8%
Other – 8.8%
RICHARDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 57%
Anglo – 31.4%
Black – 16.6%
Hispanic – 40.4%
Other – 9.7%
DALLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS ATTRITION RATE (THE RATE AT WHICH WE LOSE CHILDREN BEFORE GRADUATION)
Anglo – 4%
Black – 27%
Hispanic – 33%
Total – 26%
Healthcare is not a privilege, but a right.
It is a right to live with dignity and respect!
You have the right to feel secure knowing you don’t have to choose between paying the mortgage or paying medical bills.
You have the right to feel secure knowing that being too sick to go to work isn’t overshadowed by being too poor to afford the doctor.
You have the right to feel secure knowing your child can be a child who plays, explores, and grows. And no matter the circumstances, your child’s healthcare and well-being will always be protected.
You have the right to know that your elderly parents can continue to age with dignity and respect and that they will always have access to quality healthcare.
You have the right to know that your Texas Representative will fight for you so that you and your family aren’t forced to choose between enjoying a strong, prosperous, healthy tomorrow, or enduring a volatile, unpredictable, precarious today.
I will fight for your rights and to ensure you and your family’s health is a TOP TEXAS PRIORITY!
TEXAS TODAY – HEALTHCARE SNAPSHOT:
#1 – TEXAS IS THE UNINSURED CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES!
4.5 million Texans are uninsured. That is equivalent to the whole state of Louisiana! 623,000 children are uninsured. That is equivalent to the whole state of Vermont!
#1 – TEXAS RANKS TOP IN THE COUNTRY (AND INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD) FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF MOTHERS DYING FROM CHILDBIRTH.
Thousands of babies have lost their mothers at birth due to Texas’ inferior healthcare access.
#47 – TEXAS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS IN THE COUNTRY IN DENYING ITS CITIZENS AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE.
25% – Texas elderly are being abused and mistreated in 25% of Texas’ long term care centers.
Of 1,200 long term centers, 306 were cited for serious deficiencies including physical and mental abuse. (AARP)
2015- 17,466 nursing home violations reported less than a quarter percent, ONLY 40 (.23%) were sanctioned!
2014 – 18,900 nursing home violations reported less than a quarter percent, ONLY 39 (.21%) were sanctioned!
Texas’ 28 largest cities, including Dallas, had a greater percentage of their population uninsured than collective United States. (texmed.org)
WOMEN'S HEALTH & RIGHTS
I support the United States Constitution and the rights afforded to individuals in the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments. I will stand up for the women of House District 102 against laws that would take away the right of a woman's access to healthcare and choices concerning her body.
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
Guns do not belong in the classroom. The gun lobby thinks so. I will work with my community and colleagues at the House to stand for public safety and common sense gun legislation. Public safety and respect for the 2nd amendment are not mutually exclusive and the people of Texas deserve better.
Texas taxpayers are continuing their commitment to build stronger, flourishing communities. In Dallas County, our property taxes fund our local schools, community colleges, and county hospital, Parkland. Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled legislature’s mantra is “politics before people,” as evidenced in its failure to strengthen communities and its burden-shifting scheme.
Texas’ salaries are not keeping up with property tax increases. As property valuations increase, property taxes increase. Instead of providing property owners tax relief due to high property valuations or using additional resources to invest in our future, the Texas GOP has reduced the state’s economic burden and shifted it to you.
Today, retirees, individuals on fixed incomes, and middle-class families are struggling to keep up with rising property taxes. Homeowners are increasingly faced with hard choices: either pay rising property taxes and live in want, or surrender your homestead and move out. With skyrocketing healthcare costs, increased property taxes, and deteriorating services, everyone is affected!
Why are property taxes increasing, but the quality of services are not?
During the last ten years, the Texas GOP has decreased its investment in education by 12%, forcing property owners to fill in the gap. Texas public school funding once included a sizable state aid investment of 45%. Today, the state is dropping its economic obligation onto you.
Additionally, instead of providing affordable and accessible healthcare to all Texans, the Texas GOP has denied poor and working-class families preventive healthcare, forcing them to rely on expensive emergency care at county hospitals. This emergency care is subsidized by our property taxes.
We can no longer allow the Texas GOP to destroy our future growth by crippling our present progress.
The government belongs to the people, and the decisions made by these people will determine whether children enjoy a future of abundance and growth or that of deprivation and stagnation. What kind of future do you want?