Wednesday, June 1, 2011


POOR AND MINORITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS
NEED TO FIGHT CUT IN EDUCATION BUDGET

"The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (May 24th) that $500 million must be restored to the state's poorest school districts after it found part of Gov. Chris Christie's controversial 2011 budget to be unconstitutional."

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-05-24/us/new.jersey.school.budget_1_school-districts-chris-christie-senate-president-stephen-sweeney?_s=PM:US

Our current system for financing public education is the result of years of litigation.  The Texas Constitution mandates the state fund a public education.  The formula is the creation of the legislature.  This is why a special session had to be called.  In order to cut current levels of funding they have to change the formula.  Because of a filibuster the Republicans were unable to get the bill passed.

Unfortunately for BISD children the corrupt 4 are too busy being corrupt to care.  One can hope the other poor school districts with a majority of minority children will have the good sense to sue the state to stop whatever law they pass to authorize the cutting of funding.

Once the state found the current level of funding was necessary to meet the constitutional mandate of funding public education, the state locked itself  into a minimum funding.  By seeking to lower the current funding it raises the question of, does it violate the Texas constitutional mandate to fund public education.

One can hope other school districts wherein children come first, and I mean really come first, they will begin the process of organizing the school districts to file a lawsuit.  Brownsville should be the one taking the lead to organize this effort - but we know that will never happen.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bobby,
why is it that there are always school buses on the roads at all times of the day? sometimes there are a few students on board. with the high price of gas why aren't they trying to budget? a bus even brought my neighbor all the way home after her shift was over. talk about waste!!!!!!!
Sorry but i just needed to tell someone because i've tried calling and no one gives a you know what.

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO :))

Anonymous said...

Brownsville has been part of every lawsuit that has been filed that was to their advantage. I am sure they will join the next one also. They are part of several groups that advoacte for their type of district.

BobbyWC said...

I know this, my point is they should be taking the lead and speaking out now even before the change becomes law.

Bobby WC