• I just don't think our community would get behind doubling the budget of a high school to plan ahead. We're way too narrow minded for that. I would imagine some people would have had a stroke or worse if they were told their property taxes were going to go up another few hundred dollars to pay for underutilized classrooms and equipment.

    Of course, they may have discussed it in meetings and decided against it for the same reason I said.

    Or, they decided not to because we have two high schools that are basically a few miles apart, and knew that we would soon outgrow them and they could build a new school on the South side of town, where we do not have a high school but have a higher concentration of youth and a higher risk of dropouts and a greater need for education.

    Maybe I give them too much credit to think of it that way, but a man can dream, right?

    October 19, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
  • Sorry the state as well. I understand the empty classroom backlash. Look at the grief UHV expansion has gotten (aside from the UH/TAMU junk). Frequent comments included lack of classroom utilization. Schools should work on a 20-30 year plan. Build to fill in time to build again. Of course rapid growing communities like the north side of San Antonio are building a new high school every 2-3 years.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
  • No kidding Mike. Of course this won't get near the amount of play as the dress code or some lady selling porno flicks out of a back room of her trailer.

    It's a shame that we have allowed ourselves to devolve into a culture that puts more emphasis on what our kids wear rather than how well they can compete in a global market. That's one reason why my wife and I are sending our daughter to private school.

    I thought VISD was bad when I went to VHS, but now it's "unacceptable". Nice. Stellar showing.

    By the way, I think the kids, parents, faculty, administration and school board all own the results. Most of the blame belongs to the adults. Shame on all of you.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
  • I hope this gets as much attention, hardwork, and planning as the dress code recieved. This is where 100% of the district's leaders, staff, parents, and students should be focused. Not on frayed jeans or striped shirts...

    October 19, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
  • Jlord, I agree that things are too often not built with the future in mind. However, the loop was built by TxDOT not Victoria, place the blame where it belongs. Also, can you imagine the backlash had the district spent money on classrooms that weren't going to be filled for years to come? Sometimes it isn't as simple as we want them to be and sometimes it is.

    October 19, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
  • I am 48 years old - when I graduated in 1982...
    you like me, back in the day, did not have as many distractions as these kids have today. You and I went to school to learn. We had to educate ourselves to better ourselves. Nowadays, look at all the social programs that are available to people...back in the day, no one gave us anything.
    Society makes it so you don't have to work or have an incentive but can live on hand outs. No education needed to get a welfare check.
    It is not the teachers fault kids don't learn, even while teaching them the test, they still fail.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
  • Agreed VISDMom....especially regarding how the schools are built...but isn't that typically true of Victoria in general? Remember when Loop 463 was built as a 2 lane, without a turning lane, road...Within a year they had to totally readjust and have been every couple years since. Probably eventually will with Ben Jordan. The city and school board both make the same mistakes here. Build for 10-20 years in the future, not now.

    October 19, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.
  • Well said, VISDmom. Are you going to let your voice be heard at the school board meeting? I sure hope so.

    I agree that teaching the subject matter should be enough to pass the test. It is a basic skills test after all. I'm a little younger than you, and back in the late 80's/early 90's we didn't spend nearly the time that they do now on the tests.

    I can sum up the issue in one phrase, "Common sense isn't that common."

    October 19, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
  • I would like to briefly address each of the issues brought up in the article. First, about redistricting due to census numbers. It was quickly apparent when the schools opened last year that they were built to only accommodate the number of students currently enrolled in VISD, not for future growth. They were already too small last year. Good use of our school tax dollars.

    Next, the unacceptable rating. ALLOW THE TEACHERS TO ACTUALLY TEACH. I realize this isn't ALL tied to VISD, but a large portion is. It is a state- and nation-wide trend that our children are the most uneducated in history so far. No Child Left Behind is a failure; education was dumbed down for that. I did some number crunching: I am 48 years old - when I graduated in 1982, counting teacher work days, we had approximately 18 1/2 days of non-teaching/days off during the school year. Now, with the new testing curriculum that is beginning for freshmen, with 20 testing days per year (which will be non-teaching/non-learning days), that total will increase to 50-55 days of non-teaching/days off per school year! Nearly two months! That doesn't even count the last three weeks of school where movies are watched in class so books can be turned in, and review MAY be done for end of year exams. And we wonder why our children are not learning anything? Because they are only in school seven months of the year!

    But back to my original point...children don't need to "practice" taking a test. If teachers are allowed to actually teach the subject matter, as they did when I was in school, the students will be more able to more successfully complete the test; that's only common sense.

    The state of Texas ranks close to the bottom in terms of education in the US; as parents it is our responsibility to do something about this. We cannot allow this to continue. We must make our voices heard at the State level, not just locally.

    October 19, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.