Is Thomas Ratliff scared? #txed #txlege #CanISee

RatliffYesterday we learned East Texas’ lobbyist and “ineligible” State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission against Alice Linahan.

Really Thomas?  Really?

None of us are paid.  Apparently that is a new concept to Mr. Ratliff.  We fight for our children and compensation does not even cross our minds.  He on the other hand is a paid lobbyist.

Honestly, the complaint is nothing more than another bullying effort by Mr. Ratliff and, on the whole, is not too surprising.   Ratliff has publicly attacked each of us moms over the last year.  He even had the gall to accuse me of spending two nights in a Henderson jail. Can you say desperate?

Nice try! We are not going away.  Actually, the heat has only turned up higher in his East Texas backyard. Hmm. Maybe that’s why he filed the bully complaint?  

Shame on Thomas Ratliff.  His efforts to quash our Parent’s Bill of Rights will not go unnoticed.


by Donna Garner

If you think your gut can take this without your puking in utter disgust, please read about the outrageous ethics complaint Thomas Ratliff has filed against Alice Linahan. Then if you have not yet signed the IMPEACH THOMAS RATLIFF petition, this is your chance!

[Following is the text of Alice’s response to Thomas Ratliff’s allegations.]

SBOE (State Board of Education) Thomas Ratliff Files an Ethics Complaint against A Texas Mom

What a Day~ I was preparing to hit the road to Milwaukee, WI for a Franklin Center Retreat on Education, and I get a call from the Texas Ethics Commission. State Board of Education Elected Official/ Microsoft Lobbyist Thomas Ratliff filed an Ethics Complaint against me. 

Here is the audio from my return call to the Texas Ethics Commission……


[To listen to the audio, please go to: ]


Yep you heard that right State Board of Education Elected Official/ Microsoft Lobbyist Thomas Ratliff filed an Ethics Complaint against me saying the work I am doing fighting against CSCOPE/Common Core is unethical because I am not registered as a paid lobbyist. Really Thomas? I would love to know who it is that is paying me to fight this battle. I haven’t seen the pay check. 

Apparently State Board of Education Elected Official/ Microsoft Lobbyist Thomas Ratliff thinks I should be compensated for all the hard work I do daily to fight against the #FedLedEd better known as CSCOPE/Common Core that is coming into our children’s schools; public, private and charter schools I might add. I just wish he would share with me how he does it. The getting compensated part of it. 

I can assure you my husband is tired of me spending so much time working for no compensation on this issue. We had a discussion last week about it as a matter a fact because I have been away from home so much. My husband said the kids are the ones who are missing out on their mother being home. To which I replied if I don’t fight for them now even though I am not getting paid and I do not get to be with them like I want to….. they will not have freedom, and the blessings we have enjoyed. I am willing to sacrifice now because if I don’t they will blame me later for not fighting for their future. 

I actually had to laugh when I saw in the Ethics complaint a picture of the 4 new tires I posted when one my tires blew out on the way to the SBOE Adhoc hearing. I did not make it by the way.

My husband was not happy about paying for the 4 new tires because I had put over 30,000 miles in 9 months traveling around the state warning parents about CSCOPE/Common Core. 

As many of the readers of Voices Empower know I have been a politically active Texas Mom working in the grassroots since Obama was elected. Taking on the issues that I see as a clear and present danger to my children’s future. I have been helping to organize at a grassroots level to get the word out. I guess we are being successful at getting the word out about the Federal Take-Over of Education. Those involved are trying to shut down our voices. The voices of parents, teachers and the students they are harming. 

I have a feeling after listening in on the public Communication Team Conference Call last night Thomas Ratliff may be feeling a little nervous.

You see those who are in the Education Establishment do not like parents actually saying…. #CanISee what and how you are teaching my child. I also don’t think he likes that we are asking our school districts #CanISee what you are spending our tax dollars on to train teachers, administrators and school boards members. 

Below is a link to that Communication Team Conference Call….

Parents have every right to question what is being taught to our children and if Thomas Ratliff believes that it is un-ethical for me to do that well all I have to say is….

Bring it on!!

Let’s start comparing notes Thomas Ratliff on your lobbying activities and my supposed lobby activities.

I would suggest that you read this very closely. Link to the Texas Ethics Commission Lobbying Information –


I am beginning to think Thomas Ratliff did not like the idea of the Voices Empower petition to Impeach him.

You see Thomas Ratliff has his own issues with ethics it seems. I have been shining a light on it over at 

[To view the entire story complete with photos, petition graphic, etc., please go to: ]


Donna Garner


3 thoughts on “Is Thomas Ratliff scared? #txed #txlege #CanISee

  1. Lib:

    Exactly! “Alinsky style tactics.” I have personally attempted to communicate with Mr. Ratliff. No attempt to answer. No attempt to investigate the information I provided. Right out of the box, he personally attacked me (on Texas Tribune) as a “conspiracy theorist” “liar”, “right wing hack”, etc.

    Never mind he did not know about the CSCOPE contract the teachers were under (that expired 8/31/13), copies of actual lesson plans (that through his contact with Texas Tribune mysteriously disappear or altered), etc. Constantly denied what I forwarded to his attention. I found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time, countering his attempt to discredit me responses with actual quotes from the Director of Cscope, Mr. LeBay.

    Not one time did Ratliff show any inclination to investigate. He repeatedly stated that he did not and listened to the teachers. Teachers? I’ve spoken to numerous. They HATE Cscope. I can only conclude those to whom he spoke (if truthful) are part of this the group to dumb down Texas education.

    I don’t know if you’re in District 9, Ratliff’s district, but, if you are, the District could use some help illuminating Ratliff’s representation.

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