Subject: Re: PolitiFact Texas Inquiry URGENT
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:34:01 -0500
From: Mary Bell
To: Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com>



Gardner,

... It is clear that the idea of increasing class size is on the table. In addition to this it's a part of the Republican Party platform.  Again,

1)    Republican leaders of the Education committees put it on the table and Stutz wrote about it in the following article.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/05

 

“Patrick is a member of a special House-Senate committee on school finance that is looking at class size and other education costs in advance of the 2011 legislative session.”

 

“The leaders of the special committee – Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, and Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands – said class size standards will be scrutinized. Shapiro and Eissler also chair the education committees of their respective chambers.”

 

2)  The Republican Party platform discusses the class size issue:

Create flexibility for school districts under the class size limit mandate.”

http://static.texastribune.org/media/documents/FINAL_2010_STATE_REPUBLICAN_PARTY_PLATFORM.pdf

Chair of the RPT Platform Committee is Rep. Wayne Chrisitian, who is also President of the Conservative Coaltion in the House...

http://www.texasgopvote.com/blog/meet-chairman-rep-wayne-christian-chairman-rpt-platform-committee-06095

Dwayne Bohac has pledged to support the Conservative Coalition’s Legislative priorities.

http://www.txcc.org/pledge-signatories

Thanks,

Mary

RESPONSE SEPT. 21, 2010:

Here is the article.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/051010dntswclasssize.3f89c03.html

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM, Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com> wrote:
 Howdy...

I viewed what appears to be your campaign ad online and wanted more information on the opening line per class sizes.

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W. Gardner Selby
Editor, PolitiFact Texas
Austin American-Statesman



On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com> wrote:
If the basis of her statement is a May newspaper story and a platform plank, I guess we're almost done here. Please let me know if she has more to say.
W. Gardner Selby
Editor, PolitiFact Texas
Austin American-Statesman

512-445-3644

On 9/21/2010 8:37 PM, Mary Bradley wrote:
Gardner,
Just got back and got this message. Kendra has a very packed schedule tomorrow. But I can get you any added info you need. Just let me know.
Thanks,
Mary
651-592-5522

Sent from my iPhone 

On Sep 21, 2010, at 6:38 PM, "Gardner Selby" <wgselby@statesman.com> wrote:

Is the candidate available to visit Wednesday? I am interested in how far along she thinks this is and why.
W. Gardner Selby
Editor, PolitiFact Texas
Austin American-Statesman

512-445-3644

On 9/21/2010 11:47 AM, Mary Bell wrote:
Here is the article.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/051010dntswclasssize.3f89c03.html

Let me know if you need any additional information.

Thanks,
Mary Bell
651-592-5522 (cell)

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM, Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com> wrote:
 Howdy...

I viewed what appears to be your campaign ad online and wanted more information on the opening line per class sizes.

--

W. Gardner Selby
Editor, PolitiFact Texas
Austin American-Statesman

512-445-3644


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