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What Do We Owe Public Education?

When we allow fear to drive our decisions, we get fearful results. I have lived in this state all of my 75 years. Until the last decade, I have been a proud Texan. However, Texas’ consistent negligence of the welfare of children dismays me.

Reasons for Dismay

In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education. For the seventh time in the last twenty-five years, the Texas Supreme Court must convene for hearings on school finance. More than 600 districts currently seek assistance. Governor Abbott asks the judges to reverse the decision made by District Judge John Dietz who ruled in favor of schools a year ago. At that time, Judge Dietz stated that Texas needs an additional $2,000.00 per child to meet our own state standards. Continue reading

Warning: One Way to Damage Public Education

In an imperfect world, public education often becomes the target of complaints about the entire state of education. Although I realize faults exist within the system, I also recognize that amazing accomplishments, in the face of financial and social assault, exist. Rather than continuing to chastise public schools, we must ask, “What can we do to help the public system”?

One of the new bills approved by our Texas Legislators [House Bill 2804] proposes to assign letter grades ranging from A-F to public schools. Various people, not working within any public school system, applaud this bill believing it sheds light on the possible ineffectiveness of individual schools. Unfortunately, two major myths contributed to the development of this bill. Continue reading