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Old 02-12-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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ha ha ha, they were taught here in a bad system, then they teach others in a bad system, then they vote to get themselves fired and make the kids even dumber. Great cycle.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Austin Bound
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Texas is on this list:

The Ten States Running Out Of Smart People - 24/7 Wall St.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Cypress
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Tommy Lee Jones agrees with the OP.


YouTube - Raise Your Hand Texas - Tommy Lee Jones PSA

How can anyone argue with our future as a society unless you have no family and are evil.

Its time for new state leadership.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Until they get rid of the illegals using my tax dollar for the schools I'd like to see it cut even more!!!
And where do you think funding for public schools comes from? It come from property and gas taxes which all residents pay unless they've found a way to get by w/o transportation and housing. And yes renters do pay property tax as it is built into the costs the owner passes onto the tenant.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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Local schools have the right to increase their local school taxes if they wish. Nothing stopping citizens from promoting that except they probably want it coming from someone else really.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Texas voters asked for it......Texas voters got it.

Already having the 48th lowest spending per pupil and the 45th lowest SAT scores.

State SAT scores and $ spent per student ranking Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The majority GOP House and Senate, has decided to cut public education funding by 13% more rather than raise taxes on the wealthy and corporatons.
Did you even read the article you posted? It stated that there is no correlation between spending and SAT scores. The highest spending state, Vermont, is rated 30th in SAT scores. Maine: 5th in spending, last in SAT. Utah: last in spending, 20th in SAT.

Texas ranks last in the percentage of adults with a high school diploma, yet ranks 22nd in the percentage attending at least some college. Same thing in California: 49th in high school attainment, mid-teens in college.

We can throw out all sorts of education statistics, but that doesn't help solve the problem.

Hispanic students now account for 48% of public school enrollment, and 65% of pre-k enrollment. I don't care what state you live in, if you are having to teach kids English as a second language, you are not going to obtain high acheivement rankings. They are at a disadvantage from the start, and yes, it is not the kid's fault.
You can throw all the money you want into education, but we will not get anywhere until this issue is solved.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Yes, cut off your nose to spite your face.

Makes sense.
Can't make on your own?
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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And where do you think funding for public schools comes from? It come from property and gas taxes which all residents pay unless they've found a way to get by w/o transportation and housing. And yes renters do pay property tax as it is built into the costs the owner passes onto the tenant.
Yeah, I'm real sure 2 and 3 families each with kids living in one house paying one set of taxes are paying their fair share.... And it was a school teacher that brought that up to me! Even the teachers know that they are helping to draining the schools!
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Yeah, I'm real sure 2 and 3 families each with kids living in one house paying one set of taxes are paying their fair share.... And it was a school teacher that brought that up to me! Even the teachers know that they are helping to draining the schools!
And since I don't have kids I am really getting screwed. Do you think any tax is 100% fair and in direct proportion to use of a particular gov't service? And do you think undocumented people are the only ones who do this? Actually in the first part of the 20th century it was common to have multi-generational households - were they shirking taxes by crowding into 800 sq. foot bungalows? Actually the families you mention are just like businesses in that they try to minimize costs, in this case taxes, to their own advantage by working within the system. How about some complaints about them?

And there are laws in at least some Texas cities regarding the number of unrelated people that can live under one roof. Talk to your city council if you are not satisfied with your law enforcement.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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The real question is "will they cut the fat at the top" or cut classroom teachers?
School District have a LOT of fat. Will they put the kids first or those cushy jobs?
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