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Old 03-10-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Originally Posted by Nomadic9460678748 View Post
One should point Mr. Perry to Article Seven, Section One of the Texas Constitution:

"ARTICLE 7. EDUCATION

Sec. 1. SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS.

A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation

of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the

Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the

support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools."



It does appear some are deeply derelict of their duties.
I think the key point is here.. an efficient system
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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You can write the governor and your representatives tonight:

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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I think the key point is here.. an efficient system
Efficient (as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, online edition)

A. As an adjective:
1. Making, causing to be; that makes (a thing) to be what it is; chiefly in connection with cause.


2. Productive of effects; effective; adequately operative. Of persons: Adequately skilled.


B. As a noun:

1. ‘The cause which makes effects to be what they are’ (Johnson). Obs., but in 17th c. very common.


2. Mil. An efficient soldier; esp. a volunteer adequately qualified for service.


(Do pardon the inconsistent fonts, a price to pay for C&P.)

I fail to see how parsing the constitutional language to claim that the "key point" is the demand for an efficient system supports your ideological preferences (I've seen your other posts, it's very apparent that you don't have a very high opinion of education or educators as you are prone to the line that they are are "wasteful" and loath to make personal sacrifices, when nothing could be further from the truth. Educator pay in Texas is among the worst in the country. If your grievance is with administrators and their largesse, then your screeds should be more purposefully articulated). Conflating the conservative mantra of what constitutes "efficiency" with what the Constitutional language demands is a task best suited to those with access to the debates and deliberations which lead to the creation of the language itself. However, if we are limited to the definition as accessible to the layperson, the very point of efficiency is in fact usurped by a concerted disinvestment and abandonment of responsibility as stated. Can a system of public education claim to be "adequately operative" when the very Legislature to which its well-being is ceded chooses a stringent fidelity to ideology (No taxes, ever! Especially not to educate! But yes to tax breaks for feckless Enterprise and Technology Funds)? At what price?
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I heard part of his bs and walked out of the room. The guy is just delusional. I'm seriously starting to think he is good friends w/ Charlie Sheen after that little babbling commentary he had.
I loved the part where he blamed districts for having to lay off teachers instead of cutting "fluff" and all the "extracurricular spending" added in recent years.

Well....if the state funds 20-25% of a district's budget AND teacher payroll is 80-90% of the budget, then how can he not see there is a TRUE SHORTFALL of anywhere from 5-15%.....and that's just to keep paying teachers. Not accounting for paying electric bills & other routine maintenance on schools, which can easily be 5+% toward's the districts' remanining 10-20% of operating budget.

DE-LUSIONAL.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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I have come to the conclusion that votes don't matter in Texas politics. I don't know anyone who voted for him...even the idiots that voted for Bush are not dumb enough to vote for Perry. I'm just sayin....
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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I have no clue either. I've NEVER voted for him. Don't honestly know that many that have. Or at least that will admit to it. Me's thinking that it be the ones that can not think for themselves and go in and pull a straight party ticket. So wish they would do away with that option.
Perry won his last two elections with the percentage of people that voted for him in the 30s. The problem is, not enough people are voting and there are too many candidates (not this year though). More people need to vote. There is no reason why Perry should be back in office. One of the worst governors out there. Only thing we have hope for is that Perry resigns for some reason (maybe do to so many people hating him)? Either that, we wait years until the next election, which sucks.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I have come to the conclusion that votes don't matter in Texas politics. I don't know anyone who voted for him...even the idiots that voted for Bush are not dumb enough to vote for Perry. I'm just sayin....
Im starting to wonder myself. I see all the reports about how much Perry won by, yet I seriously do not know ONE person who voted for him.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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even the idiots that voted for Bush
i don't consider myself an idiot....it beat the alternative.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Im starting to wonder myself. I see all the reports about how much Perry won by, yet I seriously do not know ONE person who voted for him.
I do. He has an R next to his name. That just seems to be the way it is in Texas sometimes.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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I do. He has an R next to his name. That just seems to be the way it is in Texas sometimes.
Yes, that's true. I read once that something like 90% of people in BOTH parties vote straight-ticket....and Republicans still reign in Texas.
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