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Project Ēdūcō Scorecard: Dallas County

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With one notable exception, Texas lawmakers representing Dallas County performed well on key public education issues this legislative session, with most scoring better than their peers on the 2019 Project Ēdūcō Scorecard.

The Project Educo Scorecard is a tool for Texans to measure legislators’ commitment to public schools, using votes on key public education bills and amendments. The 2019 Scorecard shows state lawmakers in the House averaged an overall rating of 86 and those in the Senate averaged an overall rating of 60 in what public education activists have deemed an encouraging legislative session. Dallas County’s delegation earned an even better overall average rating of 92.

The exception: the county’s lone Republican senator, State Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood. Hall was the lowest-scoring member of the Texas Senate this session, earning a grade of 14—well below Senate Republicans’ average rating of 39. Hall earned a 46 in 2017.

Dallas County’s two Republican Texas House members—State Reps. Morgan Meyer (Dallas) and Angie Chen Button (Richardson)—performed better this year than last session, where they both received a “F”. In 2019, Meyer and Button both earned an “A”, with Button earning a perfect 100.

Almost half the county’s delegation were freshmen. The eight newcomers, all Democrats, knocked it out of the park, all supporting public education with scores of 100. Six of the eight were part of a “blue wave” that knocked out most of Dallas County’s Republican incumbents in the November 2018 general election. Elections matter.

Here’s how each Dallas County lawmaker performed:

State Rep. Eric Johnson (D–Dallas) – House District 100
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 88

State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D–Richardson) – House District 102
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D–Dallas) – House District 103
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 90

State Rep. Jessica González (D–Dallas) – House District 104
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. Terry Meza (D–Dallas) – House District 105
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. Victoria Neave (D–Dallas) – House District 107
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 100

State Rep. Morgan Meyer (R–Dallas) – House District 108
2019 Rating: 92
2017 Rating: 37

State Rep. Carl Sherman (D–DeSoto) – House District 109
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. Toni Rose (D–110) – House District 110
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 100

State Rep. Yvonne Davis (D–Dallas) – House District 111
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 88

State Rep. Angie Chen Button (R–Richardson) – House District 112
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 59

State Rep. Rhetta Bowers (D–Rowlett) – House District 113
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. John Turner (D–Dallas) – House District 114
2019 Rating: 100

State Rep. Julie Johnson (D–Irving) – House District 115
2019 Rating: 100

State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood) – Senate District 2
2019 Rating: 14
2017 Rating: 46

State Sen. Nathan Johnson (D–Dallas) – Senate District 16
2019 Rating: 100

State Sen. Royce West (D–Dallas) – Senate District 23
2019 Rating: 64
2017 Rating: 92

Project Ēdūcō Scorecard: Collin County

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Results of the 2019 Project Educo Scorecards show Texas lawmakers representing Collin County performed somewhat worse than their peers, in what most public education activists have deemed an encouraging legislative session.

The entirely Republican delegation earned scores that were below the average of their colleagues—Senate Republicans’ average rating was 38 percent (that’s an F), while House Republicans earned an average 75 percent—but the grades were higher than what Collin County voters have come to expect based on lawmakers’ records in previous sessions.

The Project Educo Scorecard is a tool for Texans to measure legislators’ commitment to public schools, using key votes on public education bills and amendments throughout the session, not just one or two votes the legislator chooses to talk about to claim they support public ed.

Here’s how Collin County lawmakers performed:

State Rep. Justin Holland (R–Heath) – House District 33
2019 Rating: 73
2017 Rating: 97

State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R–Plano) – House District 66
2019 Rating: 73
2017 Rating: 30

State Rep. Jeff Leach (R–Plano) – House District 67
2019 Rating: 75
2017 Rating: 40

State Rep. Scott Sanford (R–McKinney) – House District 70
2019 Rating: 70
2017 Rating: 50

State Rep. Candy Noble (R–Lucas) – House District 89
2019 Rating: 55

State Sen. Angela Paxton (R–McKinney) – Senate District 8
2019 Rating: 21

Project Ēdūcō Scorecard: Tarrant County

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Tarrant County had some of the strongest public education Champions and some of the most anti-public school legislators.

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Tarrant County public school supporters can feel some pride about the scores earned by some delegates they sent to Austin this session, but they may have some serious concerns about others.

The most anti-public school representatives from Tarrant County were Republican State Reps. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) of House District 92 and State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) of House District 94. Both earned a F this session, with the disastrous grades of zero (that’s right, zero) for Stickland and a 36 for Tinderholt. Both received a F in the 85th Session as well.

The biggest and most positive change in performance in Tarrant County is by freshman State Sen. Beverly Powell (D–Burleson), who earned a perfect 100 in 2019, a public school champion A. Powell defeated former State Sen. Konni Burton (R–Colleyville) in 2018, who was a F on the Scorecard, earning an abysmal 38 in 2017.

Unsurprising to many, Tarrant County had a number of public school champions earning a perfect score of 100, with State Reps. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), Ramon Romero (D-Fort Worth), and State Sen. Beverly Powell making the grade.

Project Educo, and public schools all over the State, are ecstatic to see legislators stepping up. Let’s recognize State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) going from a 62 in 2017 up to an A score, a 92, in 2019. Supporting public education can’t just be one vote here and there. It has to be consistent, which is what the Project Educo scores represent: continual support for public ed in your votes, not just your words.

The full scores for Tarrant County’s delegates are below.

State Rep. Ramon Romero (D–Fort Worth) — House District 90
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 100

State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R–Fort Worth) — House District 91
2019 Rating: 64
2017 Rating: 28

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) — House District 92
2019 Rating: 0
2017 Rating: 17

State Rep. Matt Krause (R–Haslet) — House District 93
2019 Rating: 55
2017 Rating: 22

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) — House District 94
2019 Rating: 36
2017 Rating: 17

State Rep. Nicole Collier (D–Fort Worth) — House District 95
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 100

State Rep. Bill Zedler (R–Arlington) — House District 96
2019 Rating: 45
2017 Rating: 26

State Rep. Craig Goldman (R–Fort Worth) — House District 97
2019 Rating: 75
2017 Rating: 41

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R–Keller) — House District 98
2019 Rating: 92
2017 Rating: 62

State Rep. Charlie Geren (R–Fort Worth) — House District 99
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 100

State Rep. Chris Turner (D–Grand Prairie) — House District 101
2019 Rating: 100
2017 Rating: 89

State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R–North Richland Hills) — Senate District 9
2019 Rating: 43
2017 Rating: 46

State Sen. Beverly Powell (D-Burleson) — Senate District 10
2019 Rating: 100

State Sen. Jane Nelson (R–Flower Mound) — Senate District 12
2019 Rating: 43
2017 Rating: 46

State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R–Granbury) — Senate District 22
2019 Rating: 43
2017 Rating: 46

Click here to see all of the 86th Session Legislator scores on the Project Educo Scorecards and the details on the various votes that make up the scores.