Your Texas Child's education is in DANGER!
State Board of Education official Thomas Ratliff should be impeached because:
- Thomas Ratliff is a paid Microsoft lobbyist- this is a conflict of interest with the SBOE (State Board of Education) Texas Education Code: Subchapter A, Section 7.103 (c):
(c) A person who is required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305, Government Code, by virtue of the person's activities for compensation in or on behalf of a profession, business, or association related to the operation of the board, may not serve as a member of the board or act as the general counsel to the board.
- Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation (Microsoft) is funding the Federal Take over of Education through the Common Core Philosophy of Education!
- CSCOPE is the Common Core Philosophy of Education!
- CSCOPE/Common Core = Federal Take Over of Education!
Your child's education is being affected!
So, we, the parents teachers/educators and taxpayers of Texas, call upon the state House of Representatives to file a RESOLUTION OF IMPEACHMENT and remove THOMAS RATLIFF from the Texas SBOE for his conflict of interest that affects all Texans.
Furthermore, we, the parents, teachers and taxpayers of Texas expect the state HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to request the ETHICS COMMISSION REPORTS to REVIEW HIS LOBBY ACTIVITIES and pursue any other CONFLICTS OF INTEREST HE MAY BE ENGAGED IN THAT ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS.
On March 29, 2011, Thomas Ratliff testified glowingly before the Senate Education Committee for SB 6/HB 6, which transitioned Texas from textbooks to online techbooks. SB 6/HB 6 contained specific language that transformed the payout of the Permanent School Fund (PSF). Thomas Ratliff omitted in his testimony that he is and has been a registered Microsoft lobbyist for over 12 years.
In fact, Ratliff's largest client is Microsoft. He has a vested interest in the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) purchasing Microsoft products. Thomas Ratliff's conflict of interest has directly impacted and shifted the balance of how the SBOE and TEA decide upon educational tech spending of Microsoft products because Thomas Ratliff sits on the SBOE committee that oversees the PSF.
Texas, are you comfortable knowing THOMAS RATLIFF is an SBOE elected official and Vice-Chairman of the Texas SBOE who reaps the financial benefits of bringing into our state CSCOPE/COMMON CORE related software that impacts every parent, teacher and taxpayer? Worse, it will alter the lives of every child grade K-12 in a state where we have said NO to CSCOPE/COMMON CORE.