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2.10.2011

More School News


The Dallas ISD Superintendent  is holding a conference at this moment about planned budget cutbacks.  Like the Arlington Superintendent, he is all about gloom and doom.

Above is his preliminary budget reduction plans (just announced.)  $209 million dollars in salaries is a lot of salaries.  Assuming an average salary and benefit of $65,000 (which may be too high or too low), that's a layoff of over 3,200 people.  Or I guess you just slash the salaries of tens of thousands of employees.

Wow.  He said the worst case scenario was losing 20% of the total budget and the best case was 10%.

And how would you like to be graduating this Spring with a degree in education?

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

How would you like to be paying for your childs degree in anything with no jobs to be had? If you're a good liberal weenie, you would let the taxpayer pay for your education through student loans that you'll never pay back.

Tom said...

The best solution is to let your legislator and state senator know that education funding must not be cut.

Anonymous said...

Believe me, if they slash wages, there will still be a line a mile long for those teaching positions.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good time to vote on putting tuff on the football field.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to hear how wise county school districts will be handling the crisis.

Anonymous said...

Similar numbers reported by the Supt of Denton ISD - They are also expecting a 10-20 percent drop in state funding.

That's fine; IF the state also cuts 10-20% of its crazy mandates.

Doug Bryant said...

-Just imagine what bad state of affairs our school funding would be in if it weren't for all of that lottery money flowing into education.
-Teachers whose contracts are not renewed through no fault of their own are candidates for unemployment benefits. The state would rather pay them to not work than give the schools enough money to pay them for working.
-State funding per student has been frozen for the last five years at the 2005-2006 funding level. When adjusted for 3%-5% inflation per year, that's a 16%-27% cut they have already sustained. How much more blood will the state try to squeeze out of an already flattened turnip?
-Attend your local district's board meeting once in a while to find out what's really going on before commenting about where current money gets spent or current salary levels. By law, the budgets are readily available from any school district in the state.

-Real School Board Member

Anonymous said...

On December 21 2012 I sense something bads going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Doug, What happened to the billions that the beloved Ted Kennedy provided for education in the No Child Left Behind boondogle?

Anonymous said...

It's worth noting that two studies came out in the past two weeks showing that private schools are teaching students to a higher level of learning at a much reduced cost per student. Shows there is tons of waste in school budgets. The sense of entitlement that many teachers have and the lack of accountability for teachers and students has finally caught up to our education process. I say cut the budget 'til it hurts, learn to be more streamlined in budgetary and teaching processes and, as stated above, there will always be a long line of people willing teach. Always has been, always will be.

Anonymous said...

The state keeps putting pressure on schools to get better results and keep setting the standard higher and higher on all these tests! But when money has to be cut-education is the First thing to be cut!!! Education is everything-nothing will ever get better without it!! I don't mind the pressure but quit cutting the education money when you expect high results! There are other places to cut that are not near as important as education! I agree that school districts could better manage "their" money and the state needs to figure out a better way of distributing the money! But I don't understand why education must bear the biggest budget cuts!

Anonymous said...

If the liberal weenies are compassionate about the poor, why are they against school vouchers, private schools and home schooling? Can you say, Beholding to the teachers unions?

Anonymous said...

Sound like DHS will wish they would have spent some more money on sports so they can keep a coach that they needed to run off. Lets get a few more jumbo trons to spread around and some Turf for the track field!!

Anonymous said...

4:24 The same can be said about any job! Maybe your company should cut to the bone and streamline their budget! I sure anyone can do your job! What a stupid thing to say! Not everyone can teach just as not everyone can be an accountant or a store manager! There is a huge turnover in teaching due to the demands it places on you! Give it a try for a year and you will understand! They may be willing because they think it is easy but they always leave with their tails between their legs!!

Anonymous said...

1. Legalize pot (and tax the hell out of it)
2. Legalize gambling (and tax the hell out of it)
3. Raise cigarette taxes, yet again.
4. Tax any "sugared" soft drink .10 cents

Cut all teachers salary by 10%, to save what jobs you can. If a private school can do better than the public schools, then...by all means, privatize....

The economy has to throttle back. People are going to have to learn to live with less $$$ coming in, and the price of goods has to fall...and that starts with the energy costs (ex. Diesel cost) and medical cost which are out of control....

I am off my soap box....

Anonymous said...

5:12, The economy has to throttle back? What planet have you been living on for the last two years? You forgot to mention taxing the hell out of alcohol. You know the one drug that costs our society more than any other.

Anonymous said...

I say we help balance the Texas budget by cutting Perry's salary by all the personal time he has spent/is spending promoting his PERSONAL book! However much is makes per day X number of days he's spent traveling a book signing could equal quite a bit. And make him reimburse the state for his travel expenses and security (plus their travel and salaries). Hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

The other schools should learn from Decatur ISD. While they are cutting jobs, Decatur is giving supt. a raise. Hope they remember that a supt. needs teachers to have a school. Decatur needs to cut from the top as I am sure all schools need to.There are many many people that should be in the classroom but are in some administrative position, not teaching any kids and some "special teachers" teaching only a few students,yet earning large salaries.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's not a bad time to be getting an education degree. Kids that need to be taught is a fairly constant pipeline compared to the ups and downs of business.

Anonymous said...

Thank God we are in Decatur where we have lots of money. We just spend over $1 million on renovations and gave the Soup $10,000 for recommending them.
We have the dollars so don't worry teachers.

Anonymous said...

Decatur has lots of money in the bank!
You ain't turf fools are trying to upset everyone with rumors of elections to raise taxes and stuff like that.
The Supt deserves a raise. So do our teachers. They are next on the list for a raise. Wait and see.

Anonymous said...

4:24, but you failed to mention that private schools receive lots of funding from benefactors, as well as tuition each semester. It's really not comparing apples to apples.

Anonymous said...

5:36 is on the money! Decatur ISD has too many "administrative" positions of people you don't see a lot of output out of. Just a lot of talk.

Gotta love that ridiculous supt. raise...

Anonymous said...

Your kids have to bring their own lunch at alot of private schools. Some teach the Bible also.

Anonymous said...

Lets continue building $19 million high school football stadiums and hey why don’t we buy a laptop for every student in this great ours.

Anonymous said...

All our public schools are top heavy in administration. I can not believe any super is worth a $10,000 raise. Why? And why do some of you yell cut teacher's salaries instead of admin's salaries? Have you counted how many super/asst supers your isd has? How many curriculum specialist, education specialist and special program specialist does Bridgeport ISD really need? Why was the super the only one who got a pay raise last year Did he really do that fantastic of a job? How many trips to Austin do these supers and their specialist make every year? Admin stresses to teachers, etc to trim back, but how many admins actually trim their spending? An honest & fair super would refuse a pay raise during these hard times. How many do we have out there?

Anonymous said...

5:01 Sorry to burst your bubble, but I DO speak from experience. And you're completely correct, anyone can do my job... or any other job. But every job must have minimum standards for excellence... not minimum standards to just get by. We've been doing the latter and praying for the former WAY too long in this state. Our schools and every other facet of our public spending needs to be cut to the bone, 'til it bleeds and then the programs must either be held to better accountability based on a budget that makes sense or those programs must be changed or done away with. That's how you, hopefully, run your finances in your home. You find ways to live within your means. If driving a Kia gets you to work just as well as driving a Cadillac, then use the Kia. If a superintendant can't manage a budget to meet all his programs, he needs to find ones he and the school can do without.

Anonymous said...

8:55, Oh the humanity!!

Anonymous said...

Tax cut and spend Republicans

Anonymous said...

How many of Wise Co. teachers are union members 4:49?

janneba said...

why do they need $1.2 million for travel?

Anonymous said...

Tax increase and borrow liberal weenies.

Anonymous said...

9:09 I speak from experience! 25 years! I've seen a lot of good teachers and a few bad ones! The bad ones usually don't last long! I don't do it for the money! I actually make less than I did last year-cost of living keeps going up but not my salary (insurance, taxes, college, etc.....)! Never known a teacher to drive a Cadillac to school but if you think that is what we drive-sadly mistaken! In my school we not only meet minimium expectations but surpass it!! I beg you to see what we face everyday in class-apathy from both students and parents, parents irate when we expect students to learn and heaven forbid-have to do homework and be responsible!! Kids expecting to be rewarded for even the smallest things! Parents making every excuse for their kids just so they will not have to experience the consequeces of their actions! The teachers in my school are the best in the county and do a tremendous job!!! I agree that schools can better manage their money-most schools are top heavy and pay those people way too much!! But it is proven that students learn better in smaller classes not super large ones! That is what will happen with the budget cuts that are coming! BUT YOU ARE SO WRONG IN ASSUMING THAT ANYONE CAN TEACH! VERY WRONG!!

Anonymous said...

Property taxes on a 1,500 square foot house in the Dallas ISD:

Total Estimated Taxes: $7,082.35

Someone has to pay for educating all the illegal children. 12% of the citizens of Mexico live in the U.S. and their children are being educated by U.S. tax payers. And we are running low on money!!!!!

Ethnic make up of Dallas ISD: 28% Africian American, 67% Hispanic (mostly illigals) and 6% White.

Anonymous said...

5:36 - good points - and why do we need so many "assistant to the assistant to the assistant folks"?..what do these people do to earn their salaries?

On every school website there should be listed job descriptions of what every administrator is paid to do.

Anonymous said...

The Arlington Super is closer to reality than the Decatur School Board.At least he has a letter on his school's website telling it like it is along with links to state government offices and asks people to let their opinions be heard. The DISD school board seems to be totally disconnected from the real world by giving the new super(seems to be a nice man) a 10,000.00 raise after after only 6 months...really guys. Talk about very poor PR. They have created (once again) a very unfortunate precarious situation.

Anonymous said...

10:18 - "Texas is a right-to-work state – the union rules don’t apply here. By law, Texas school employees cannot be coerced into joining a union, and are prohibited from striking or entering into collective bargaining agreements. We have so-called unions in Texas: the Texas State Teachers Association, affiliated with the National Education Association; and Texas AFT, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers."

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the Keller Superintendent requested their board not act on his contract or give him a pay raise because of the budget crunch. Now that is classly. He did not want to be treated any differently than the rest of his staff that would not likely recieve raises this year.
Decatur....are you listening?

Anonymous said...

10:29 You're probably right. Those that can't teach probably get jobs that don't have 3 month vacatations and actually have output measures to make sure they do their job correctly. Companies that make money have bosses and workers who strive to make a great product that will be accepted by the market. Schools have bosses that whine when they can't get all the toys and programs they want and have employees who can't stand the thought of *gasp* someone expecting them to do more with less. They think they're entitled to everything they want. Taxpayers are fed up with it. Deal with it! You're either going to have to learn to do your job better or we're going to replace you.

Anonymous said...

7:54
Teachers don't have "3 month vacations," they have 3 months unpaid time off.

Anonymous said...

5:12.....Cut teachers salaries 10%......you have got to be kidding me. We teach your children, we probably spend more time with your children than you do, we teach them right from wrong, and you want to cut our pay. Why dont you donate 10% of your pay to your school of choice for the next 5 years. Dont get me started on teacher pay....we are screwed day in and day out with now reward. expectations are high for us and the state and you parents keep wanting more.

Anonymous said...

Getting a little "touchy" 7:54? Sounds to me like you sure couldn't handle being in a classroom nor do you have a handle on reality. Keep living in your own little mind and enjoy your self-supposed intellect.

Anonymous said...

I used to be amused by people who have no idea what education is really all about spouting off like 7:54 (and all his/her other posts). Now it's just annoying. Education is not a business. Teaching is not like an assembly line. We deal with children, not products, and the fact that you seem to feel otherwise shows just how ignorant you really are. We're not just teachers--we have to be counselors, nurses, parents, advocates. We have to teach every child in our classroom with varying abilities and disabilities, issues, and problems. There is no quality control in our classrooms. We teach every child who comes through the door. I work all day long in a job where I can't just take a bathroom break or make a phone call when I need to, and I take hours of work home every weekend because I don't have time during the day to both teach and grade papers. I work in the summers during my unpaid time off to help support myself. And I do all that because I love my children. And I am very very good at what I do. I resent the very implication that I think I'm entitled to more than I should have. As far as I'm concerned, my job is the most important job on the planet. If it weren't for good teachers, every other profession would suffer. I think everyone should understand that, but clearly some don't.

As for private schools...ummm, yeah, right. Maybe in the northeast or in the larger metropolitan areas, where tuition is sky high and the teachers are very well paid. But look at what's around this area. Point me out one private school in Wise County where children are doing better than public schools. Private schools can also be choosy about who they accept, a liberty not afforded to public schools. Private schools don't have the paperwork or bureaucracy or regulations that public schools deal with either. There are no better teachers than public school teachers at dealing with whatever is put in their path.

(This is not to say that I acknowledge the veracity of whatever "research" you say you've read. Such research usually tends to be one-sided and slanted with a political agenda all its own. There used to be such studies about charter schools too, and anyone who's read the news in the last few years should know how that all ended.)

The biggest problems facing public schools right now are obviously catastrophic budget woes, but right behind that are non-educators legislating education in Texas. And for me personally, I'd add big mouth idiots who don't know what they're talking about.

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD has prepared for a situation like this for many years. The district is sound so students and teachers need not worry.

Anonymous said...

10:32

You think very highly of yourself, don't you? It's a job just like any other. If you don't like the pay, get out. You don't teach my child, you just baby sit all day.

Anonymous said...

10:32 Good Points! All the people who think teachers have it easy- get a teachers job for a year and then come talk to me and see if you still feel the same!

mzchief said...

Anonymous 7:54 makes several excellent points. Let me make a few more points and provide a couple of valid links to support the FACTS. In Texas, the average teacher's salary is $41,744 for a standard 10-month contract. If you go to the site, you will be able to see how well Texas fares with regard to the average teacher's salary of the other states. Texas teachers are required to work 187 days. Let me do the math for you, $41 744 / 187 = $223.229947. If teachers worked 10 hours a day they would earn $22.23 an hour. How many of you would gladly earn an easy 4 year degree to earn $22.23 an hour, have excellent health benefits, earn sick days, have off weekends, get to stay home with your children during the summer and holidays?

Being a teacher is a sweet gig, especially, if you enjoy teaching. As for teachers who gritch and moan about the conditions of their work environment, perhaps they should become a lineman, dig ditches, do HVAC work, farm, work in the oil field and then they might change their tune. If the teaching environment is so bad why is it that their unions do not demand better curricula and more control over the curricula in an effort to facilitate teachers being more successful rather than just demanding more money and more benefits? Oh right, teachers' unions represent teachers not students.

Not only have I spent years substitute teaching all grades, I spent years volunteering in public schools and home schooled my own son. My son made a 1550 on the SAT when the max was 1600 and received several offers for full ride scholarships. One of the main reasons I elected to home school was because I saw, up close and personally, too many sub-par teachers doing more harm than good.

Anonymous said...

10:32 seems to have a mighty high opinion of him/herself. You'd think the writer was a gladiator, what with all the sacrifice and hardship. Get over yourself, teacher. Public schools may not be able to choose what students they want as do private schools. But they can darned well choose who they hire and keep. If they (or you) can't do the job or handle it, it's time for them to find other work. We can't use them (or you)

Anonymous said...

Give me more Turf and Jumbotrons more sports we don't need more teachers just football coaches ya fool

Anonymous said...

Those of you who have nothing better to do but talk about things you know nothing about must have some deep psychological wound that makes you so hateful. It is usually people like you who wouldn't last a week working in a public school. Yes, there are always bad apples, every profession has them. Nevertheless, the good far outweighs the bad, just like in every profession.
It must be nice to be able to homeschool and just work with your own children and not have to adhere to Individual Education Plan's and 504 plans (both of which are federal and drip with litigation(these usually include things like reading tests to the student on an individual basis,etc.), attend meetings about how to help each student succeed, report child abuse and neglect, help children who have no support from parents (which is so many it makes your heart ache), support grandparents who are parenting, find resources for students who may be parents, hook students and families up with social services, learn three new computer programs on the fly with no training,get students help who may be suicidal or cutting themselves, produce data for students who are in the RTI program (Response To Intervention), arrive early to prepare, stay late to prepare, take work home to prepare, make sure students who need something to eat get food, deal with parents who make excuses for their child's destructive behavior, follow all the state and federal mandates, not because they are logical, but because they are mandates, deal with students who are melting down in class because his or her parent died, and, oh yes, teach. I love it, and care about my students. What have you done to help anyone other than yourself or your family lately?

Anonymous said...

Decatur is poised to cut teachers and as taxpayers for more money. This same district poured out over $1 million dollars last month because they had too much money. I feel good about my job!

Anonymous said...

Mzchief you are sooooo wrong! True I don't work for maybe 2 months in summer not 3! Most people with 4 year college degrees make a whole lot more money than I do! Lots of people get weekends off or get 2 days a week off. All those people you mentioned with their jobs had the same opportunity I had! Maybe they love the jobs they have! Some of those jobs I know pay more than I make!! I love the fact your kid excelled in his schoolwork! I wish every student had a parent who would take interest in their kids education! But I work a whole lot more hours than you state! I work about 45 mins before school and an hour after school each day tutoring students to help them-no extra pay for that! I bring papers home on weekends and nights to grade! I have to plan for each days lessons! I read and research to keep up with current events. I coach UIL teams each year for no extra pay-before or after school! In the summertime I attend workshops to learn the latest-greatest ideas or learn how to use new technology that comes out constantly! I deal with 20-25 students every class period 7 times a day! I have be a teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, and a social worker or dad! Yes if I suspect child abuse I am required to report it or be fired! Do you have to that with your job! I don't have great benefits! I get the same number of sick days as most businesses! My healthcare costs nearly $1,000 per month for my family! I pay 80% of that! You think as many teachers there are we would get a better deal! That state govt workers have the exact same insurance but the only pay about 10% of what I do! The only thing I do have is a good retirement program! But the State tries every two years to get there hands on it to pay for all the social programs we have for people who don't want to work!! Usually for the same people who run us down for not teaching their kids or trying to get them to work for something instead of something for nothing!!!!! The same people who take no interest in their kids schoolwork! A lot of school problems would go away if more parents would do their job!! Plus, I work each summer mowing lawns to help pay the bills and put money away for my kids education! But despite all this-I LOVE MY JOB!!!! I love working with kids, helping them learn, and seeing their faces light up when they see the light! I love it when students come up to be years later and tell me how much they loved my class and how they remember all the things I taught them! I love my job but I hate people who think I have an easy job! You and others are so wrong!!

Anonymous said...

People are going to be surprised at how many teaching jobs are going to be cut in Wise County alone! I know of one class A school looking at cutting 13-15 positions! I wonder how many teaching positions will be cut at each of our 3A schools? 30-50 each? 2A schools 20-25! Think about it! This doesn't include cuts to non-teaching positions! It is going to be ugly for our schools and our kids! Call your reps in Austin!!

Anonymous said...

6:39 Climb off your high-horse. You're not saving the world. The test scores prove that.

Anonymous said...

7:54, and other 'teacher bashers'... REALLY? SERIOUSLY?
You people are the arm pits of the world. You tear down and find excuses, one after another, as to why YOUR kids don't do well in school. Blame it on the teachers, the school officials who continually count your kids absent and unexcused, at that. I'm a teacher and I have run into more MORONIC parents than I want to count! Parents who want to blame anyone and everyone(thing) for their own shortfalls in parenting and raising children. I'm assuming you morons who are tearing down teachers here are exactly those people. Let me be the FIRST to say to you, KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME AND SCHOOL THEM THERE!!! We're sick and tired of your belly achin' and whining. Your child would be so much better if you would keep your mouth shut and listen to what the school is trying to teach them. Don't agree? Fine...keep your kid at home!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, if the attitudes on this blog are indicative of the parents of Wise County, that goes a long way towards explaining any problems in the schools.

Anonymous said...

1:25
I grew up on a farm, and my husband and I were in the dairy business for many years. Now, I teach. The dairy business was less emotionally draining.

I don't gripe about my salary, but my biggest challenge every day is the adults, not the kids. Parents often project an us-against-them attitude rather than a let's-work-together attitude when they approach teachers/schools.

Teaching is a calling, and all students deserve teachers who burn with the passion of that call. I am fortunate to teach in a school full of teachers who are like minded. I am aware that others are not as fortunate, and that is a true shame.

Anonymous said...

When the private schools have to enroll any student that walks in their door then you can compare them to public education. If the public schools only had to count the success and scores of the top 25% of their students, when these comparisons are made, they would shame most private schools. Let one child enroll with a respirator that needs to be tube fed in that private school and I am pretty sure the costs of services would rise. About 9-10% of the students in public ed have been identified as having a disability -- so I think it's only fair that private schools be required to include at least that percentage if any tax payer money is received. Oh and the scores of these children would need to be included in all reports. At that point it may be fair to compare them academically and fiscally.

Anonymous said...

11:19: I appreciate your passion, but, as Dandy Don used to say, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, everybody would have a Merry Christmas.

The real point of your argument should be "why are we paying for these kids on respirators and with all of these disabilities?" Should we lower standards or accept less quality because of these disabilities or should we say that things are tough all over and maybe it is time to learn how to deal with whatever disadvantage life has thrown you? Maybe these kids with these disabilities, as well as others, should be pursuing other life opportunities than taking up space in school and possibly denying others of an education, much like students have historically done before compulsory education laws requiring students to be 18 before they can pursue such options.

I will believe the schools are serious about education when the schools are paid for kids who pass the test instead of who shows up.

Anonymous said...

Geez, teachers are the biggest bunch of whiners around. "Teaching is a calling"? Yeah, so is ditch-digging. You just don't hear ditch-diggers thinking they deserve 3 month vacations and that they are so unappreciated. I need a tissue ...

Anonymous said...

I disagree with so many of you who think you know if the superintendent deserves or doesn't deserve a raise. You are obviously NOT the ones who hired him, the ones he answers to, etc - so therefore why do you think you know better - whether or not he deserves a raise? It's like saying I know whether or not an employee across town deserves to be compensated with a raise - how in the world would I know that??

Anonymous said...

Somebody out there still thinks it's 1975 and teachers get a 3-month vacation. All you have to do is pull up the school calendar. School starts in mid-August, and runs into June. Plus, very few teachers attend less than 5-20 days of seminars, professional development, coaching schools, etc. during the summer.

Anonymous said...

10:32 - thank you and well said!

Anonymous said...

Decatur board sounds a bit unstable the way they are burning money

Anonymous said...

9:45, you must be one of those morons 10:56 refers to. Ditch digging can be done by any fairly able bodied being. (Yep, even dogs and cats can dig.) To be a teacher one has to put forth some brain power and spend some time becoming an educated human being who can think and carry on civilized conversations (leaving out the redneck lingo). EFFORT to better oneself is the first step to realizing and answering a calling. If you dig a ditch you just took a job offered to you and you prepared not one iota for it. I just thought I might try to explain that to you, and hope you might have enough "up stairs" to get it. You probably don't though, so sorry I made you read so much. Hope it wasn't too painful.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a coach and don't have a football-playing child, but I think this board will do just fine. They know they've got to be frugal with the taxpayer's money and with Gary M. on board, they also know what's heading down from the proposed legislation - I think DISD will be fine - sure, there may need to be some cuts - I'd be concerned if there weren't, but every day we hear of districts already planning Xnumber of cuts, not watering the grass, etc. and I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised at how DISD handles whatever cuts need come our way. I voted for them to make the right decisions, and I'm faithful they will.

Will I give 'em a call if they don't - you bet, but until then, I'll trust them to make the right choices.