April 22, 2018

Texas Forestry Association Announces 
2016 Dates For Teacher Conservation Institute

TCI photo

LUFKIN, TX – Texas Forestry Association (TFA) announced two sessions for Phase 1 of Teacher Conservation Institute (TCI) will be held this year beginning July 10, 2016, at BugScuffle Inn near Henderson, Texas.

TCI is a week-long workshop held in East Texas which uses the forest to teach environmental education. Activities are led by foresters, educators, natural resource conservationists and industry professionals.

 

“We are excited to present TCI again this year,” said Misty Bowie, TCI Co-Coordinator. “Educators from across Texas come together and find unique, creative ways to present the outdoors as a classroom by participating in lessons and tours.”
Phase I, A Complete Natural Resource Cycle, will run July10-15 and July 17-22 and will consist of interdisciplinary workshops focusing on the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the state that comes through the scientific stewardship of its natural resources. Sessions take place indoors, in the forest, and on a variety of field trips. Elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers participate in field trips together. Teachers are divided into grade level groups for afternoon curriculum sessions.

 

Just a few of the sessions include Tree Trails, GreenSchools Investigations, Project Learning Tree, evening natural history programs, and morning nature walks. Field trips for Phase I include Forest Nursery, Logging Operations, Sawmill, and Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Mill, and Texas Forestry Museum.

 

For participating in Phase I, educators receive certification in Project Learning Tree, TEKS Correlations, 45 hours of State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education, 45 hours of Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) credit, Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) hours, as described in Links I and II. Gifted/Talented credit through your district is available.

 

Registration per person, including all teaching materials and instruction, food, lodging, and transportation during the workshop is only $250.

 

Phase II of TCI will be held in 2017 for those have completed Phase I. Inquiry and Field Investigations in the Forest is a comprehensive look at East Texas forest ecology with some of the best foresters, anthropologists, soil scientists, wildlife biologists and education experts in Texas. Graduates of Phase I will be able to participate in field investigations in water quality, best management practices, vegetation surveys, special wildlife management areas and an in-depth look at cultural impacts on the forest.

 

“TCI is full of fun, engaging activities educators can take back to their classroom to engage students of all grade levels, said Bowie. “It’s also an amazing time to network and learn in a great location.”

 

To register for TCI or for more information, please call 1-866-TX TREES or email us at educationintexas@texasforestry.org. Please include your name, complete mailing address and the grade level you teach.

 

TCI PHOTO:
Educators participating in Phase I of TCI participate in an object lesson where they have dated rings on a tree then try to place personal or national events on the corresponding year’s ring in the ‘tree cookie.’

State Representative James White Criticizes Holder and Sensenbrenner for Going after Texas

White-4437 finishedAugust 16, 2013- (MSGPR) State Representative James White (R-Hillister) recently sent a letter to Republican Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner criticizing him for supporting Attorney General Eric Holder’s move to put Texas back under the Section 5 preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) after the Supreme Court struck down procedures in Section 4 that determine which states are subject to these requirements. Instead of encouraging Congress to update those procedures, as the Supreme Court directed, Holder is opting to use the “bail-in” provision of Section 3, which allows the federal government to apply the preclearance requirements to states where there are allegations of intentional discrimination. Representative White deplored this politicization of the judicial system.

“Holder’s decision to attack Texas’s laws is a violation of its sovereignty and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” White said. “Instead of suing Texas, Holder should investigate harassment by the IRS toward groups that provide an opportunity for people to exercise their 1st Amendment rights.”

White questioned Sensenbrenner’s inconsistent advocacy of Holder’s attempt to apply the VRA to Texas. “Why are you advocating the targeted enforcement of a provision of this law without suggesting that same level of scrutiny apply to your home state?”

He noted that the Supreme Court did not throw out the VRA in its entirety but sent it back to Congress for it to update the procedures that determine which states should be subject to Section 5 preclearance. White continued, “Instead of aiding and abetting political harassment from the Holder Justice Department, it seems to me your focus should be on improving the VRA and ensuring that voters in Wisconsin have the optimum access to the ballot box.”

White shared compelling data to demonstrate that the Justice Department’s tactics are misguided and overtly political. In 2012, the national black voter turnout rate was higher than the white voter turnout rate. The Southern states primarily targeted with VRA preclearance have seen increases in minority voter registration levels, election turnout rates, and representation among elected officials since the enactment of the VRA, and these figures are on par with other regions of the country.

White explained, “These facts raise serious doubts about the validity of allegations of intentional discrimination by states like Texas toward minorities.”

White acknowledged that the VRA is a successful piece of social policy because it focused on expanding individual liberty.

“I stand proudly on the shoulders of those before me that fought for this precious right,” White said. “However, the recent application of the VRA has interfered with 10th Amendment rights. Instead of promoting the popular will of all the people, politicos have gamed the system for partisan gain.”

The Court did not ditch the VRA, it just told Congress to fix it. “Please,” White asked Sensenbrenner, “refrain from supporting this politicized Justice Department’s obstruction of the voting process. I urge you to go to work to reform this great piece of legislation that protects all voters from sea to shining sea and ensure that the march for individual liberty continues throughout this next great American century.”

Representative White is a Member of the Texas House of Representatives on behalf of District 19, composed of Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, and Hardin counties. He serves on the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, and he is the Vice-Chairman of the Corrections Committee.

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For more information, contact James White at (512) 463-0490. Letter from Rep. James White (8-15-13)

Texas Representative James White Named Top Rated Conservative in Texas House

July 29, 2013 (MSGPR)  Texas Eagle Forum is pleased to announce that Rep. James White has earned a top conservative rating in the Texas House. Rep. White cast consistently conservative votes throughout the 83rd Texas Legislative Session and both Special Sessions.

Rep. White is a courageous defender of:

  • our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms,
  • smaller government benefiting every taxpayer,
  • integrity at the ballot box,
  • a great education for every child,
  • human life, both born and pre-born and
  • more.

“Rep. James White is a friend of conservatives on both fiscal and social issues. His conservative voting record sends a strong message to his constituents that he is in Austin to faithfully serve them,” stated Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum. “Rep. White’s upright character and integrity will provide him and his constituents a very bright future.”

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Contact: Cathie Adams, 972-523-8551

Texas Eagle Forum

PO Box 795354   Dallas,TX 75379

Phone 972-556-2777

www.texaseagle.org

 

Representative White Applauds Hardin County Judge Thomas’ Decision Upholding First Amendment Rights Of Kountze Cheerleaders

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 8, 2013) – Representative James White issued the following statement today after Hardin County District Court Judge Steven Thomas granted victory to the Kountze Cheerleaders in their seven-month-long court case involving their decision to display Bible verses on run-through banners at Kountze ISD football games. The case began last year after the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation issued a complaint, seeking to impede the students’ constitutional rights and religious liberties.

“This is a win for our community. Our nation was founded upon Christian values, and we will not abandon those beliefs. It is within these cheerleaders’ First Amendment right to express themselves through biblical verse, and I hope this ruling confirms that out-of-state, atheist pressure groups will not interfere with Southeast Texas and the values we share,” stated Representative White.

Representative White continued, “I was proud to join Governor Perry, Attorney General Abbott, the Liberty Institute, and Mr. Starnes in supporting the Kountze Cheerleaders against this attack on their religious liberty, and I am happy their God-given rights have been upheld. Without question, our state’s leadership and millions of Texans supported these young men and women in Kountze, and lifted them up in prayer.”

Representative White is a Member of the Texas House of Representatives on behalf of District 19, composed of Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, and Hardin counties. He serves on the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, and he is the Vice-Chairman of the Corrections Committee.

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Contact: Tyler Norris

512-463-0490

State Representative James White Examines Region 5 CSCOPE Reforms: Continuing the push for transparency in the Public Education system

Contact: Tyler Norris 512-463-0490

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TEXAS/March 13, 2013– Today Representative James White, a former public educator, released a statement on the online curriculum system, CSCOPE:

“CSCOPE has become a focal point of the larger effort to examine and reform education in Texas this session. Parents of school children are finding themselves increasingly frustrated and confused about precisely what their children are being taught in the classroom. Most frustrating of all for parents is the inability to review and discuss in-class materials that their children are exposed to.

Section 26.006 of the education code of the State of Texas reads: ‘(a) A parent is entitled to: (1)  review all teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom of the parent’s child; and (2) review each test administered to the parent’s child after the test is administered. (b) A school district shall make teaching materials and tests readily available for review by parents. It is correct to state that, as of today, parents are not being given that access when it comes to CSCOPE materials.

In my discussions with Dr. Danny Lovett, Executive Director of the Region 5 Education service center in Beaumont, I am encouraged to hear several updates. First, teachers in Districts that have chosen to take part in CSCOPE are currently able to post their daily lesson plans on their personal teacher’s websites, should they choose to do so. Second, and even more encouraging, administrators of the CSCOPE system are working as quickly as possible to re-engineer the current version of CSCOPE, a teacher’s edition, to one where parents can access the material their child will see online.

As an elected official and former educator, I will keep a watchful eye on developments both here in the Legislature and in the Education Service Centers across the State concerning CSCOPE. It is my sincere wish that this system be as transparent as possible, and responds to the concerns parents and educators bring forth regarding both its content, and how that content is delivered to our students.”

Representative White is a Member of the Texas House of Representatives on behalf of District 19, composed of Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, and Hardin counties.

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Niece of Chick-Fil-A Vice President Speaks Out

Niece of Chick-Fil-A Vice President Speaks Out

Don Perry, VP of Corporate Public Relations for Chick-Fil-A passed away last Friday and will be laid to rest today. His niece, Pastor Cassandra Sheppard speaks out against the hatred spewed against her uncle and his company.

Miami, FL.(August 1, 2012) – Today is not only Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day; it is also Don Perry Appreciation Day to his family. Don Perry worked at Chick-Fl-A for the past 29 years working his way up to vice president of corporate public relations. He recently suffered a heart attack and will be laid to rest today. In an ironic twist, he would have been responsible to handle the media firestorm that surrounds his beloved company today.

His niece, Pastor Cassandra Sheppard released a statement today:

“Today I’m saddened that my uncle is being laid to rest. He was the vice president of public relations for Chick-Fil-A. He was the first black corporate employee & administrator, and the one to bring the majority of the black administrators into the corporate offices of the company. The first black man to make seven figures in the company, he was there 29 years and died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday. Because he was the vice president of public relations, he was responsible for handling all media relations for the company, meaning he has had the stress of the gay marriage controversy. My family has had to see the blogs, hear the media, read the articles, saying he deserved to die because the company did not support gay marriage, but supported the biblical basis for marriage. He didn’t make the statement but was responsible for the reprisals from it. Today is national Support Chick-Fil-A Day. Please support the company by buying a sandwich, drink or something in honor of my uncle. It just happens to be the day of his burial as well.”
Media Contact:
Cassandra Sheppard, 305-607-5257

MSGPR
Lee Miller, (936) 637-7593 ext 21.

State Representative White Announces Support for Plan C115 Statewide Congressional Proposal

AUSTIN, TX- May 16, 2011 – Representative James White (R-Hillister) today announces support for Congressional Redistricting Plan C115 – REP. LAUBENBERG STATEWIDE CONGRESSIONAL PROPOSAL.

White said, “The Laubenberg Proposal is a serious plan that offers East Texas the rural representation it has wanted and has deserved for the past ten years.   East Texas contributes considerably to the economy with forestry, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Our area holds abundant water resources and light manufacturing and needs a place at the table. This map provides us with this opportunity.”

The map can be viewed at the following link: http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/ and then select Base Map – PLANC115.

Those wishing to give input on the map may contact the Lt. Governor and their State Senator.

State Representative James White (R) from Hillister, Texas represents House District 12 which includes Angelina, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler Counties.

RagingElephant.org’s Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani to Present Boot Camp

For more information, contact Lori Granados at 512-848-3547.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RagingElephant.org’s Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani to Present Boot Camp

Northern Virginia 912 will host Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani, Founder and Chairman of RagingElephants.org, in a Raging Elephant Boot Camp on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia. The event, scheduled at 7:00 pm is open to the public.

The Boot Camp is designed to provide the tools participants need to create a unified vision and purpose within the conservative movement. Participants will learn how to let people of color know where conservative Republicans stand on issues and enlist their support through an aggressive outreach campaign

According to Apostle Claver, conservatives of color are both socially and economically conservative. With this in mind, he is dedicated to growing the conservative voting base primarily through racial diversity. “We envision a rejuvenation of conservatism by seeing more Americans of color join the movement.”

Considered one of the most dynamic speakers on liberty, Apostle Claver offers a unique vision of political ideology from a Biblical perspective.

The non-profit organization, RagingElephants.org was created to be an advocate of conservative-libertarian social, economic and political issues, to lobby political organizations and office holders, to educate and organize the electorate on and for conservative-libertarian ideals. RagingElephants.org is a counterweight to liberal organizations like MoveOn, Emily’s List, and Organizing for America.

Apostle Claver Kamau-Imaniis the Founder and Former Senior Pastor of the Corinthian Christian Empowerment Center (CCEC) in Houston. CCEC’s primary ministry was urban missionary work. CCEC ministered to and housed the homeless, the drug addicted, and those recently released from incarceration. CCEC also established a hospice for the poor where they were cared for, loved, and possibly expired in an atmosphere of dignity and true Christianity.

He grew up in Beaumont, Texas within a home of politics and civil rights. Both of his parents were active leaders in Democratic politics, the civil rights movement, and the Missionary Baptist Church. Apostle Claver is a member of the Republican Party, and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club.

Northern Virginia 912 (nova912.org) is a community organization dedicated to asserting and defending our God-given rights of retaining a free society dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Through outreach, education, and peaceful, focused action, we seek to restore the principles, values, and integrity originally protected by our Constitution, including free enterprise.

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Angelina County Republican Party Welcomes Officeholders to GOP

For more information, contact Lee Miller at MSGPR at 936-637-7593 ext 21 or lmiller@msgpr.com Photos available.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Angelina County Republican Party Welcomes Officeholders to GOP

January 7, 2011 – Lufkin TX – The Angelina County Republican Party officially welcomed the following local elected officials in to the Republican Party Friday in a mid-morning signing.

Reba Ellison Squyres, District Clerk

Jo Ann Chastain, County Clerk

Thelma “Midget” Sherman, County Tax Collector-Assessor

Rick Harrison, Precinct 1 Commissioner

Belton Wayne Havard, Precinct 3 Constable

 

The text of the formal signed document read:

“We the undersigned office holders in Angelina County, Texas are changing our party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.  The Democrat Party no longer reflects our values and our conservative principles – it moved, we have not.  We are more aligned with the Republican Party principles and platforms and wish to be identified with them.”

“Our decision is not based on a disagreement with the local Democrat Party or its members.  We feel abandoned and disenfranchised by the liberal State and National party.  Our friends and most of our constituents have already changed their party affiliation to the Republican Party – we join them.”

“We are proud and honored to have these five individuals affiliate with the Republican Party in Angelina County,” according to Robert Flournoy, Angelina County GOP Chairman.  “Like most of us in East Texas, they are unhappy with the ultra liberal agenda of the National Democrat Party.  The Republican Party represents their values and principles.  We are glad to have them come over to our side and continue to work for a more conservative county, state and nation.”

Angelina County Republican Party meets on the second Tuesday of most months. Their next meeting is scheduled for February 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Angelina Chamber Community Room. More information is available on the web at http://www.AngelinaGOP.org

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