Where’s the money going?
School voucher advocates charge that opponents are against them because of money.
We should all be against them because of money!
Texas proposes to issue vouchers for around $5,400 to $6,800 to help with tuition for private schools. However, most private schools cost more.
Tuition in Granbury and Stephenville ranges from $6,500 to $7,500. In Fort Worth, tuition is as much as $18,000!
Texas’ spending per student in 2016-17 was $10,017. This means $10,017 was funded for your child’s attendance, but they are giving you only a portion for private school tuition.
Where is the rest of that $10,000 going?
According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas public schools stand to lose $2 billion if 5 percent of students move to private schools. With just part of that going to vouchers, that leaves almost a billion dollars!
We are 41st nationally in education spending. Vouchers seem to be just another way for Texas to spend even less on our children’s education.
Lanell Gonzales, Granbury
Public schools: America’s bedrock
I am saddened that readers have suggested that our system of public schools ought to be abolished.
Perhaps they need remedial courses in Texas history and civics.
Among the grievances listed in the Texas Declaration of Independence was the charge that the Mexican government “ ... failed to establish any public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resources, [the public domain,] and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.”
Taxpayer-funded public education for all children, regardless of race, creed, or class, is one of the bedrock principles of our American democracy. Anyone who suggests otherwise is simply misinformed.
Rev. Ryan J. Baer,
Teachers need the money!
The reader who wrote this week about teachers who do not appreciate the $1,000 bonus is wrong.
Teachers do really need that money. But when the Legislature does not fund it, then the local school districts must come up with the money.
Local school boards try to help teachers constantly. But the bonus may mean a tax increase or a cut in the number of teachers. Some of the richer school districts already pay teachers more than the state minimum. Some of the districts that can’t raise taxes must cut the number of teachers, meaning larger classes.
So the teacher was saying that a $60-per-month raise was not worth larger class numbers. Most teachers are also aware of the pressure it puts on our school boards. Most teachers give more time and even money to help kids in their schools.
Benbrook looking for $$$
Benbrook Mayor Jerry Dittrich and the City Council are trying to sacrifice our quiet neighborhood for commercialism and the almighty dollar.
The Clear Fork bridge is not needed and not wanted by the majority of the residences in this area. No Bridge, No Way!
Kelly Davis, Benbrook