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Thanks for clearing up the amount spent per child. I was off, but my point still stands. The cost of private school is less than what the state is spending per child, and the quality of education is better. IMHO.
The thing about funding based on butts in seats is that it makes it counterproductive for the school to dismiss unruly and disruptive students. Back in the olden times, if a student continued to be a nuisance then they were shown the door and expelled. If a student wanted to drop out, then they did and that was that. Now we are spending so much effort and resources to ensure that these same students are kept in school so the district doesn't lose that money. Seems kind of idiotic to me.
I agree that the state needs to get out of the education business.
Seems to me that SS396 wants to bring back segregated schools. Am I wrong?
Edith, you are so right. Private schools do not teach the test they teach the subjects. I always found it odd that schools would teach the test. I mean it's a basic skills test. If you teach the subjects to a degree above the basic knowledge of the subject, then anyone that passes your class should have no problem passing a test on the basic skills of those subjects. Logical, I know, but there's no room for logic in public education!
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My 2 cents.
First thing we need to do is change the way that schools receive funds. Once we started paying based on attendance, then butts in seats became the main priority for the school board and superintendent. Perhaps if we based funding levels on graduation rates things might be different.
I think the amount of money spent on a child on average is something around $10,000. Tuition at the private schools in town is far less. Do you think the child gets a better education at a VISD school or private school?
If funding is results driven it will force the administration to change its modus operandi.
I'm surprised that they didn't think about that when making the schedule. I guess religious consideration wasn't in the top of their minds. Wait, isn't this for the private schools?!
I'm with you Rebecca, who would say NO? Wonder what would have happened if it was a Catholic school that didn't want to play on Easter or Ash Wed?
Remind me again, who ran against Geanie last time?
Big J, I think it's time to change your handle. We've been through a few election cycles with you being "WriteIn" but so far you have yet to actually throw your hat in the ring in any of the elections.
I have Suddenlink. Is there a way in which I can refuse the local channels? I feel like it's a rip-off having to pay for the amatuer news and local programming. I wish they offered a "everything over channel 23 package".
Pretty typical of the attitudes in society today. You fail to follow the rules and continue to break them, but it's not your fault. The people that make the rules and enforce them are bullies.
Justafan is right, there are options for people who cannot afford to purchase a whole new wardrobe.
Twice you mentioned your inability to conform to the dress code because of clothes being dirty. That sends a clear message: you are unable/unwilling to prepare your children for school. Perhaps they would be better off with another family member or someone else that can.
Wait, are we getting closer to living like China or is China getting more "western"? Digal, maybe I'm not as old as you, but when exactly was it possible for a carpenter to live well, send their kids to college and retire comfortably, or better yet, when did it become impossible to do so?
I haven't seen the play so I can't and won't comment on it. However, I will say this. I support the vagina and the use of the word vagina in any form.
I wouldn't be surprised if some of you on here are offended by your own nude body. Not because it's pasty, fat, hairy, ugly, saggy, etc., but because it's nude.
Justamom-I'm sure you and your husband have a great marriage. What's it like in the 50's? Is it the same as it was? Seriously!?! I find it kind of funny that you feel "Feminist are the cause of most of todays problems" but then you get all bent out of shape because you don't like "shove things down my throat and yet if I speak against it i am told to be quiet or better yet deleted from the conversation."
Hate to break it to you, sugar, but that's exactly what you get if you don't want women to stand up for themselves. I suggest you sit quietly in the corner or go make me a sandwich!
I saw a book at the store the other day that was about how Jerry Falwell was able to turn the GOP into a bunch of bible thumping religious fanatics that you see today. I didn't buy it, but I may. I find it so interesting how a political party that espouses to be the party of small government and less government intrusion seems to forget all about that when it comes to topics that conflict with their puritanical belief system. Quite hypocritical don't you think? If I remember correctly, didn't Jesus have a teaching about doing as I say not as I do?
I support drug testing for anyone that is accepting government assistance in the form of unemployment, food stamps, welfare, WIC, etc. I really haven't heard a good arguement against it, other than cost.