School districts are starting to get tough about the lack of funding from the state of Texas.
Carroll ISD in Southlake says they are selling their land because the state is not giving them enough money to operate and they are not alone.
“Texas ranks 43rd in per-pupil funding,” said Latonya Goffney, president of the Texas Association of School Administrators.
Superintendents and school commissioners from across Texas are in Dallas this week for a convention, but dozens of them, from towns large and small, left and right, have banded together to say the state isn’t giving them enough money. .
They added a plan to allow parents to use state money to pay for private schools, but this has created a bad situation and will make it even worse.
“There’s only so much you have in your savings account. You can’t keep going back to your savings account and there’s nothing to replenish it,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde.
“They’re pouring money into other interests, and there’s really no proven evidence that it works. This is a severe blow to public education. If this moves forward, we It’s going to be a struggle for everyone,” said Frisco ISD Superintendent Mike Waldrip.
Superintendents say many programs will be cut to allow parents to divert funds to lower private school costs, as well as potentially closing neighborhood schools. There is. There are polls from both sides of the debate, and some show what parents want. Others have indicated that they do not want such a program.
While the governor has vowed to have a conversation this fall and touted the benefits of allowing parents to divert their tax dollars, past and present business leaders, PTAs, and school superintendents have stood up and not only fought against vouchers. We will fight for more money to pay for the programs that teachers, security guards, and students need.
“We’re not going to compromise for vouchers for school funding. This is a hill we’re willing to die on. We believe strongly in public schools, so we’re not going to compromise on the governor’s policies. I don’t care,” said Chris Morna, vice president of the Texas Association of School Administrators.
A special session is expected to be held as early as October.