Restoring school funding

Posted Friday, Jan. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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During the last legislative session, public education was cut by $5.4 billion. More than 12,000 teachers lost their jobs; classrooms are crowded.

Now, Comptroller Susan Combs says the state will have $8.8 billion left over from the last biennium. The Economic Stabilization Fund, untouched during the last session, will grow to almost $12 billion.

Yet the House and the Senate's proposed budgets do not restore the $5.4 billion cut from public education. This is on top of all the problems with Robin Hood, target revenue and the business franchise tax.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, a true supporter of public education who filibustered during the last session to try to stave off the cuts, has been removed from the Senate Education Committee. The new chair of this committee, Sen. Dan Patrick, has not spoken in support of restoring funding to public ed. His big push is for vouchers -- taking public money for private schools without the same accountability required for public schools.

I am outraged that Texas' top leaders are not providing for the future of the state -- its students.

-- Sue Armstrong,


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