Weatherford Democrat

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January 24, 2013

State funding once again an issue

(Continued)

To the school superintendents across the state of Texas, public school funding is known to be inequitable and inadequate.

If we want our students to be “world class students,” should we not provide the funding to reach that goal? Being ranked 47th out of 50 states is hardly a commitment to do so. In our state, our young people take 35 state exams before graduation. No other country, or state for that matter, requires such testing. In our state, one school district can be funded under $5,000 per student for education and another school district can receive over $12,000 per student. Is this equity? Is this fairness? This should not be acceptable to anyone, especially political officials elected to represent the children of Texas. As for adequacy, can legislators continually pass on the costs of unfunded mandates to our schools and at the same time cut public school funding?

At a school conference in San Antonio recently, a large group of educators were told that the Rainy Day Fund will have a much larger surplus than expected. Then we were told that the Governor’s office and the Comptroller’s office were playing that number down for political reasons. We were also told that we could probably expect to see new enrollment growth to be funded. Enough with politics and political agendas meant to keep professional politicians in office. Our children need good representation, and Texas government needs to invest in the education of a workforce that can compete in a global marketplace.

Standing together in a unified voice,

Aledo ISD – Dan Manning, superintendent; Bobby J. Rigues, board president

Azle ISD – Dr. Ray Lea, superintendent; Bill Lane, board president

Brock ISD – Richard Tedder, superintendent; Bill Cooper, board president

Garner ISD – Marion Ferguson, superintendent; Michael Collins, board president

Millsap ISD – Dr. David Belding, superintendent; Dr. Dene Herbel, board president

Paradise ISD – Monty Chapman, superintendent; Homer Mundy, board president

Peaster ISD –Matt Adams, superintendent; Scott Johnson, board president

Poolville ISD – Jimmie Dobbs, superintendent; Lynn Duvall, board president

Santo ISD – Greg Gilbert, superintendent; Randy Parker, board president

Springtown ISD – Mike Kelley, superintendent; Amy Walker, board president

Weatherford ISD – Dr. Jeffrey M. Hanks, superintendent; Charlie Martinez, board president

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