Sunday, October 21, 2012

State Education Budget Cuts Hit Collin Co. Schools

Of the $5.4 billion cut from public education, the school districts in Texas Senate District 8 suffered an estimated loss of $119.2 million in 2013, according to the Legislative Budget Board. Plano, Frisco and Richardson ISDs were dealt the lion's share, losing $35.1 million, $26.9 million and $20.9 million respectively.

"The millions of dollars that were cut from schools in District 8 have had a direct impact in the classrooms," Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 8 Jack Ternan said. "Our elementary schools sent more than 400 class size waiver requests to the Texas Education Agency, and 289 of those waivers came from Richardson ISD alone."

"Voting to cut funds from public education like Rep. Paxton did is irresponsible," Ternan said. "Education is the backbone in our community. It must be supported if we want our kids to succeed in the future."

1 comment:

  1. This is coming from a concerned friend of a mother of three who were in a near fatal accident just weeks ago. All three of her children were involved with serious life altering injuries. As dedicated as her and her family are as a minority family in a non-minority friendly town, the Bells High School, in Melissa felt it would be appropriate to have 'dress up day' representing those who had been in a car accident. Apparently their reasoning was to show kids the results of drugs and alcohol while driving.

    Not only are these children, their mother, those involved and the community still very traumatized by the incident they recently experienced, but for certain there are other kids at this school who have experienced traumatic experiences in their lives.

    As a 100% disabled Combat Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, not a Doctor, I can say that this would upset me as a teenager and even if a movie remotely portraying the experiences I endured serving this Country is on TV or at the movies I avoid them all together. I sustained my injuries in 2007 and still have residual trauma that I receive treatment for. These kids experienced a near death experience weeks ago.

    I think it is extremely poor judgment, not only by the person who thought this was a good idea, but the leadership of the school for allowing it. This should be highlighted as a piece of news for those to see how and by whom their tax dollars are being spent in the education system there in Melissa.