Tell legislators to not cut education funding
Feb. 17, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
By now, all have heard about the huge budget deficit our state government is facing. Although cuts are expected throughout the state's budget, we need to make sure that our children's education funding is not. Our school's budget is unlike the cities' or counties' budget, the fact that the local economy is doing well has no impact on school budgets. The Robin Hood bill used the 2005 figure that each school district spent per child as a bench mark. This means that the tax dollars we send to the state each year comes back to our schools at the 2005 figure.
Any additional money that DeWitt County taxpayers paid is kept by the state to fund other school districts.
According to a recent National Education Agency article, Texas ranks 34th in the nation when it comes to funding per student. This alone should be a failing grade given to our legislators. I ask that each of us support our teachers and school administrators by contacting state Rep. Geanie Morrison at 512-463-0456 or fax 512-463-0158 and state Sen. Glenn Hager at 512-463-0118 or fax 512-475-3736, and let them know we support our schools and do not want their funding cut.
Jode Zavesky, Cuero