Our Nation and Education

By Joya Cooper

“Detroit is closing more than 40 schools, Kansas City wants to close more than 40 Percent of its school buildings. Other cities have been closing schools over the last decade.”

1 “Today, there are some 1,039[+] independent school districts in Texas.”2 Schools all over Texas, as well as all over the country have been shutting down. Lately, due to the $2 billion cut from Texas education, schools have had to shut down at an even more astounding rate. If there are over 1,000 independent school districts in Texas, I can’t even imagine how many of our Texas public schools have had to close and how many of our precious teachers have had to find other work. At the same time, due to the recent Recession, parents of public school students all over the country have lost their jobs and have been forced to take lower paying jobs as well as multiple jobs just to stay afloat. It is pretty obvious that the cut in the Texas education budget and our Recession has a lot to do with our current education problems, but it is so much more complicated than that.

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Vote for Education

By Dana Rathbun

2011 has marked a historical change in funding for education in Texas. As it
was discovered that the state of Texas had a $27 billion dollar deficit to remedy,
legislators found a solution in shrinking spending on one of the most important
areas. Budget cuts for the education fund are significant because this is the first
time in over 60 years that spending per student is being decreased. In addition,
funding for student financial aid was also slashed, with combined reductions of over
5 billion total. These actions have deeply affected Texas students and teachers with
layoffs, over-crowded classrooms, and closure of many schools, and the outcry is
blaring. There are lawsuits pending against the state with growing plaintiffs. The
impressive rallies of thousands against these cuts in education funding as a means
to balance the budget send a message that Texans do not agree with the plans of
the legislature. However, these lawsuits can take years and while rallies make the
message heard, it should be more forceful. Texans need to make their voices heard
at the voting booths.

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