Press Releases

Ellen Cohen Hosts Town Hall to Discuss State Board of Education

Sep. 29, 2010 in Press Releases

On Wednesday, September 29, Rep. Ellen Cohen welcomed constituents of District 134 to a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the State Board of Education (SBOE). The panelists included Rep. Scott Hochberg, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Public Education; Honorable Lawrence Allen, Vice Chair of the State Board of Education; Martha Griffin, Science Content Specialist of Pasadena ISD; Angela Miller, Manager of Secondary Social Studies Curriculum – Houston ISD; and Kathy Miller, President of the Texas Freedom Network (TFN). The event, held at Houston Community College West Loop South, focused on the recent controversy surrounding the SBOE, including a discussion about the debate over social studies curriculum standards.

“Many of the attendees at the Town Hall noted that they did not realize the scope of the SBOE,” said Cohen. “The feedback was that the Town Hall was informative as well as enlightening. My goal in hosting Town Halls is to give constituents access to experts and information related to State government.”

The panelists touched on a variety of in-depth topics. Rep. Hochberg discussed the influence the legislature has over the State Board of Education, while Vice Chair Allen provided insight about the SBOE’s decision making process. Allen stated, “Board members should not amend curriculum content after experts and scholars say it is okay. Instead of a discussion about education, it becomes a political battle field.”

Kathy Miller explained that flawed social studies standards are merely a symptom of the problem. She stated, “The real problem is that we have a system that allows politicians to write curriculum, and not the teachers and scholars.”

The audience was surprised to learn from Martha Griffin that of the almost 5 million students in Texas public schools, 58.9% are economically disadvantaged. Finally, Angela Miller discussed curriculum objectives that undermine the education for our students in Texas. She gave specific examples of how the new social studies curriculum contradicts historical accuracy.

Cohen Releases Poll Results and Strong Financial Report

Sep. 27, 2010 in Press Releases

State Representative Ellen Cohen released today the results of a poll conducted in Texas House District 134 during September 10 – 15. The poll shows Cohen leading by a 57% to 30% margin and holding a substantial lead among every demographic group. The results show that Cohen is remarkably well known in the District and her positive image and job ratings are virtually unchanged from those recorded in March. The official poll memo can be located at Continue Reading »

Rep. Cohen & Other Legislators ask President to Send Military Aircraft for Border Surveillance

Sep. 3, 2010 in Press Releases

Rep. Cohen, along with eighteen of her colleagues, sent a letter to the President requesting military aircraft to help secure the border. Continue Reading »

Rep. Ellen Cohen Meets with Local Realtors for a Listening Session

Aug. 27, 2010 in Press Releases

State Rep. Ellen Cohen met with a group of local realtors earlier this month in a “Listening Session” to hear about their concerns as she prepares for the 2011 legislative session. Rep. Cohen is meeting with different individuals and groups during the interim as she is working on her legislative agenda. Continue Reading »

Representative Ellen Cohen Shows Strong Financial Report

Jul. 13, 2010 in Press Releases

State Representative Ellen Cohen will report more than $265,000 cash on hand reflecting the funds raised during the campaign reporting period of January 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010. The report reflects the commitment of over 450 donors who are enthusiastically supporting Rep. Cohen’s work in the Texas House of Representatives. Cohen’s financial report reflects diverse support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents, many of whom have supported Cohen since her first campaign. Continue Reading »

Rep. Ellen Cohen Offers Statement on EPA Action

May. 28, 2010 in Press Releases

HOUSTON—Representative Ellen Cohen, in a press conference called by Senator Rodney Ellis today addressed the recent actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Continue Reading »

Rep. Ellen Cohen and Chairman Jim Pitts Offer Budget Update in Appropriations Forum

May. 17, 2010 in Press Releases

HOUSTON — Representative Ellen Cohen (D-Houston) welcomed Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) to District 134 on May 6 for an Appropriations Forum attended by more than 120 participants. The event, held at the Upper Kirby District Center,  included a brief look at the budget process, an update on the current budget deficit, and time for participants to offer suggestions on budgetary priorities. Continue Reading »

Rep. Cohen Receives National Visionary Voice Award

May. 11, 2010 in Press Releases

AUSTIN — Representative Ellen Cohen today received the 2010 Visionary Voice Award at the Texas Capitol. Presented each year by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the award recognizes individuals around the country who are doing outstanding advocacy and community work to end or prevent sexual violence. Continue Reading »

State Rep. Ellen Cohen to Host Appropriations Forum May 6

Apr. 29, 2010 in Press Releases

Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) will address the Texas House of Representatives’ appropriations process and the budgetary challenges facing the state currently and in the next legislative session in an upcoming forum hosted by State Rep. Ellen Cohen (D-Houston). The forum is scheduled for 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at the Upper Kirby District Center, 3015 Richmond Ave., 77098. Continue Reading »

Statement from Rep. Cohen: “Children in Texas deserve our protection from all harm — including partisan politics.”

Apr. 12, 2010 in Press Releases

In January and March, the State Board of Education (SBOE) reviewed a set of social studies standards submitted by curriculum teams which had been working for almost a year. Rather than adhere to the recommendations of these teams of experts — composed of teachers, scholars, and curriculum writers — the SBOE voted to drastically alter the draft standards to exclude certain historical events and individuals. I am disappointed that members of the board co-opted the process for their own ideological gain and did not consider the best interests of our students. Continue Reading »