Further, researchers measured socioeconomic outcomes like national unemployment rates; GDP, life expectancy, and prison population … all of these categories are prominent in American society right now. Unemployment – way up, GDP down, life expectancy – unknown now due to a big question mark – Obamacare, and prison populations – over-crowded. Various reports note the importance of high-quality teachers and improving educator recruitment, however the rankings show that there is no clear correlation between higher pay and better performance.
The bottom line: there are no magic bullets. Throwing money at education by itself rarely produces the intended results. Education requires long-term, coherent and focused system-wide attention to achieve improvement. For myself and I’m sure I speak for others in the same situation; facing retirement and do not have any skin as they say when it comes to education. My children, nieces and nephews are all graduated from college yet my local tax bill remains and will remain enormous. Why should property owners/retirees continue to pay thousands of dollars for the education of non-property owners living in apartments and other rental properties?
Our school tax system is out of step; it punishes people if you will that are hard working and successful and own property. In Texas that seals your tax destiny. Look, times are tough for everyone, we have tightened our belt at home, and I suggest WISD do the same! Please vote NO in the upcoming bond election!
Lonnie Williams, Weatherford