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Education czar spares pre-K but axes science labs

Education czar spares pre-K but axes science labs

POSTED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 9:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 8:50pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott
is asking lawmakers to spare state funding for pre-kindergarten

However, he suggests eliminating funding approved last year for
new science labs. Textbook funding also would take a major hit in
the Texas Education Agency's budget request for the next two-year
state budget.

State leaders have asked agencies to cut their requests by 10
percent to help lawmakers grapple with a budget hole that could be
close to $18 billion.

For the TEA, that means proposed cuts of more than $260 million.
In presenting the agency's budget request to a legislative panel
Tuesday, Scott pledged "the full cooperation of the agency to work
through" the budget crisis.

Critics complain that the proposed cuts would eliminate too much
from teacher professional development opportunities while leaving
the merit pay plan untouched.


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Yep, for heaven's sake...don't construct up-to-date science labs...especially in the education void we already have here in Texas...keep these kids dumb...don't prepare them for higher education (oh, well...young people won't be able to afford junior colleges, let alone 4-year institutions anyway!)...lower expectations, lower test scores, dumb-down bright boys and girls, snuff out inquisitive minds...the U.S. ranks below many other countries in all subjects...Texas is leading the way again!

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