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$4 Billion Cut from Public Schools

$4 Billion Cut from Public Schools

Public schools just can’t seem to catch a break these days. Friday night, with a 19-12 majority, the Senate decided to cut $4 billion from education funding in Texas, “passing the measure without debate or speeches,” according to this article. The funding cut occurred despite the fact that Texas has “more than $6 billion in a savings account designed to avoid school budget cuts during hard economic times,” which is known as the Rainy Day Fund.

One of the most unsettling aspects of the cut is that funding for public education in Texas no longer accounts for student enrollment growth. Not only will schools be under pressure to perform with less money over the next few years, they will have more students enrolled than are currently in the system. In fact, “the state’s 1,040 school districts are expected to add about 170,000 students over the next two years.”

This action has caused more legislation to be drafted, which would give “flexibility” to the under-funded school system. One proposed bill could introduce unpaid time off for teachers, or even cut their pay. Another bill “makes increasing class sizes easier.”

The money from the budget cuts will go towards general state budget problems. I see cutting education funding as a quick fix for Texas and fail to understand how taking resources away from children will help the state in the long-term.

Setting aside enough resources to fund public education has become a real problem in the United States. It seems to me, however, that if we want to ensure the future of our country, the best way to do that is to educate our children. That is impossible to do without money.

TAKE ACTION: Ask the legislator to use the Rainy Day Fund to save Texas education.

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4:10PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

terrible

10:39PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Sounds like a case of the blind leading the blind to me! Why would you support education if you have not been educated yourself - which sounds like what ails Texas movers and shakers to me!

Or maybe they're not really stupid, just ruthless. It's much harder to keep an educated public under the thumb!

I guess it's all up to you, Texans - show a bit of people power via solidarity!

9:39PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Texas is a strange state. I still cannot figure it out after 30 or so years of observing it. They came up with so many stupid ideas (as far as state spending and collecting tax's and how to choose which state laws to enforce and or sentences (lengths there of) it takes a semi stupid state legislature and a governor to oversee the mess its hard to start with who is at fault. Literally the idiots in texas think that if you are rich you know what you are doing when it comes to being an elected official (or appointed). The truth is it takes education (which Texas is not known for) and experiance in all the areas of governing and then there has to be a measure of street smarts (not gun smarts) in order to be a half way decent politician. The idiots in Texas still think its OK for a doctor to get in a dispute over payment for services and then the doctor is allowed to kill the patient. The mentatlity that comes close to that is some country town sheriff in the 1800's. Someone should inform the idiots that is the 21st century.

9:56AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

MAY be IF we did not have SOOOOO many children we could pay for their schooling!!!!!!

MAY BE IF we did not give money to emmigrant ...we could use the money for education....

JUST a thought!!!

9:05AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME, AS WELL. BUT PUBLIC K-12 SCHOOLS SHOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST BUDGETS FUNDED AFTER FOOD. OUR SOCIETY DEPENDS ON EDUCATED PEOPLE. IT BEGINS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL!!

5:46AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

the schools should come first

4:22PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

With Rick Perry in charge, it's an uphill battle for supporting public education.

7:30PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Stop paying for illegals and there is plenty of money for Americans. Think. Liberals. You are screwing up the schools year by year. No illegals. Lots of money. Yes illegals. No money left Think.

7:37AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

You get what you pay for.

9:53AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

This issue really gets me. Remember many years ago when the Lottery was implemented in each state? It was under the guise of more money for PUBLIC EDUCATION and it was received positively. Well, where does all that lottery money go now???? One by one, every state has been complaining about no money for public education! Programs have been cut, teachers have been laid off. I want to know where the hell all the lottery money is going to, if it's NOT going to help strengthen public education!! Where's the transparency? Has each state government changed their minds where this money is going to? Apparently so. We need to confront our local politicians and find out!!!

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