Texas education getting big cuts in proposed state budget

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 2:09pm

If state budget cuts get approved, your child may have to choose between going to college or saving up until they can afford it.

Legislators released a budget draft yesterday that could cut almost $14 billion in state spending.

$5 billion of that could slash funding for Texas public schools.

Superintendent Keith Bryant with Bullard ISD tells us the cuts will most likely effect those that work in education.

"About 80% of our costs are made up in personnel and most districts are the same way, maybe even higher in some districts.  So I think any cut to it is gonna effect the people that work for school districts," Bryant said.

This draft is just the beginning of a long process that probably won't be finalized until next summer.

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I got laid off in january 2011 from a school related position. "I" didn't make very much money......it was a pittance compared to the management. I had FIVE bosses over me. I can't believe the salaries that each of them make. Their jobs are monitoring conversations via listening device installed in the ceiling, internet, lunch breaks, trips......yes......trips to the restroom, who you speak to in the hallway. Question: Do they REALLY NEED all those bossses??????? I say FIRE FROM THE TOP

Eliminate unnecessary expenditures like the flowers sent y some districts to teachers for birthdays and retirement.

At work, we all chipped in for such things. The State or local govt certainly did NOT pick up the tab. I'll bet there's more fat that could be trimmed if they weren't trying to stick it to us so we relent and don't cut their budgets.

Only someone who is not directly involved in education would think that districts would use state money to send flowers to someone. Don't you think educators care more about kids than that. Teachers donate around 50 dollars a year out of their own pocket for such things. Do your research before you go shooting your mouth off. Research can avoid stupidity.

Jann Allison may have hit on a few good ideas. How about expanding on the idea of the administrative costs? Most districts are "top heavy" and growing in that department. Salaries are completely out-of-line, but look closely and see how many assistant sups there are. Then start to review how many various directors of "you name it" are contained within a district. Those upper level bosses are often unneeded, have secretaries, and very few really benefit the child in the classroom.

Can anyone explain why pvt schools with much smaller budgets and home schooled students consistently score higher on all standardized test?
Perhaps the ISD's could learn something from them.

The reason students in private and home schools score better than their public school counterparts is because they have parents who CARE. If the private school student does not perform well he/she is expelled. Not to mention the parents pay a pretty penny to put them in the school. You bet those kids are going to do better because their parents push them to excel. In public schools there are not as many parents who CARE. It all starts at home. Please support public schools, don't criticize.

The reason students in private and home schools score better than their public school counterparts is because they have parents who CARE. If the private school student does not perform well he/she is expelled. Not to mention the parents pay a pretty penny to put them in the school. You bet those kids are going to do better because their parents push them to excel. In public schools there are not as many parents who CARE. It all starts at home. Please support public schools, don't criticize.

Private schools do not have to take any child that walks through the door, as public schools do. Private schools tend to cherry pick kids as they do not have the resources to deal with at risk children, and many just prefer not to. The Texas classroom has been operating bare bones when it comes to educating all children. Now, it will be worse.

How to save money. Adjust supertendents pay to reflect the state of the economy. How does a super of an ISD w/ 1000 or less students make over $100,000 a yr and get a 93 mil bond issue passed.If a student's parents can't prove citzenship,charge tutition.Charge for the "free" meals.Charge a bus fee-when i went to school we had to buy tokens to ride the bus. Turn the thermostats down in the winter. Why are the bldgs heated to 78 degrees in the winter & cooled to 68 in warmer weather? chg for book

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