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TISD’s Test Scores Up And Climbing

Monday, August 15, 2016
Good news! The hard work of Tyler ISD students, teachers, and staff has paid off. Test scores for 2015-16 have improved. While there is still room to grow in reading and math, many schools showed marked improvements from previous years.Tyler ISD saw gains in 11 of 17 assessment areas when compared to 2015 scores. Since 2014, TISD has gone from having 11 campuses rated by the state as “Improvement Required” down to only three campuses in 2016.... Read More

Raw: One Texan’s life on the border

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Awhile back I visited the Vickers ranch in Brooks County just north of McAllen off US Hwy 281. I was blown away by what I saw and heard.  Illegal aliens of all sorts trekking through their ranch and right to Mike and Linda Vickers’ doorstep. From MS-13 gang members to young mothers with children. For the Vickers, the wide open border is a problem 24/7/365.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer Uncovers Massive Out-Of-State Spending In TX Food Stamp Program

Thursday, July 07, 2016
Schaefer Calls for Greater Agency Scrutiny, LoneStar Card ReformsRep. Matt Schaefer has uncovered nearly $107 million in Texas Food Stamp spending outside of the Lone Star State—with over 60 percent spent in non-bordering states, raising important questions of accountability and possible fraud in the multi-billion dollar program.... Read More

Supreme Court Is Dead Wrong

Monday, June 27, 2016
Today’s Supreme Court decision on HB2 is morally wrong, constitutionally wrong and wrong for women’s health in the State of Texas. The decision deals another blow to our federal system and the ability of states to properly ensure the health and safety of the people. I was proud to co-author this legislation in 2013 and I promise to continue the fight.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer to Nominate High School Senior for Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Nominations for the 2016-2017 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) have opened for students entering college for the 2016-2017 academic year. Through this scholarship program, students are encouraged to become members of the Armed Services.“Service to our country has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life. The character and skills developed in the military will follow these students throughout their lives. I look forward to seeing what the next generation of Texans will do for our state and for our nation through their service,” Rep. Schaefer said.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer hosts East Texans at Call to Prayer

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Rep. Schaefer hosted more than fifty East Texans from Green Acres Baptist Church at the Capitol who travelled to Austin to hear Franklin Graham speak on the Capitol steps.  The event was part of Graham’s nationwide Decision America Tour. A large crowd gathered at the Capitol to pray for the nation, state, and local elected officials and to promote greater religious freedom. Following the rally, Rep. Schaefer led a discussion on current threats to religious liberty law in Texas along with Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney), who authored the Pastor/Clergy Protection Act passed in Texas in 2015, Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), and Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values.... Read More

The Numbers Prove Border Insecurity

Monday, March 21, 2016
Immigration is a cornerstone of our nation’s rich history. We all can trace our lineage to far-reaching and distant lands. The concept of a “melting pot”—a hallmark of our culture—goes way back in US history.So why, 240 years after the American Revolution, is immigration still such a hot topic as the hopefuls jostle for the keys to the White House, and how does it affect us at home in Smith County?Let’s add a word.Illegal.... Read More

Should You Have a Right to Hunt and Fish? Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot Nov. 3

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Texans must decide whether to amend the Texas Constitution on 7 propositions. These issues were approved by two-thirds of the Texas House and Senate earlier this year, but now a majority of voters must approve them. Since the adoption of the Texas Constitution in 1876, voters have approved 484 amendments to the document.... Read More

Schaefer’s Legislation Cuts Red Tape on Hiring Vocational Teachers

Monday, August 31, 2015
Tyler, TX— Rep. Schaefer worked to pass legislation that gives flexibility and local control to school districts to hire subject matter experts to teach career and technology courses. “For too long public schools have been prevented from hiring subject-matter experts like engineers, nurses, plumbers, and welders to teach vocational courses because these professionals had not returned to college to pursue an education degree and a teaching certificate. Yet these experts have real world experience, understand practical application, and possess the technical skillset to teach students their craft. ... Read More

Same-Sex Ruling Tramples Texas Constitution

Friday, June 26, 2015
Today the Supreme Court issued a historic, game-changing decision when it legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. The Texas State Constitution recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman, as God designed. This unique relationship was designed for our good and for God’s glory. It has been the bedrock of human society for thousands of years. Today our nation treads into uncharted territory that will result in unknown legal repercussions stemming from a decision made by nine unelected justices in Washington D.C. acting more like a legislature than a judiciary.... Read More