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Letters to the Editor: Red Oak school funding

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I understand Texas Education funding is undergoing a budgetary crisis.

Our "faux Democrat" legislator, Jim Pitts, is pushing hard to spend the rainy day funds instead of working to find and eliminate waste in the school budgets.

Here in Red Oak, the ROISD supported the last weekends "Save the Schools" and the Soros funded "Texas Together Education fund."

These are the groups organized by Fred Lewis of the Acorn style group that committed all the rampant voter fraud in Travis county last year.

Rumor has it that teachers in Red Oak will be given an across the board pay cut of 5 percent.

Given that Red Oak has a greater than 1 to 1 administration to teacher ratio, I trust Superintendent Niven has looked hard at what administrators give the least bang for the buck.

I would also hope that administration personnel are facing the same belt tightening as the teachers if not more so.

Especially given that the administrators make an average of $13K more than the teachers.

I would hate to see teachers - the worker bees- take a pay cut or even lose jobs when the optimum admin to teacher ratio should be around 40/60.

Some accountants believe the State of Texas overall could save $3 billion if they reduced the number to a three teacher to two non-teacher ratio.

Don’t tell that to Congressman Pitts - doing the math is harder than just saying "Max out the credit cards - we have money because we got taxpayers!!"

Another place to cut costs would be bi-lingual education.

According to the New York Times, students emancipated from these classes had higher test scores and increased mastery of basic subject matter.

Whoda thunk it???!!

Businesses in this country have been cutting costs and eliminating waste for 30 years just to remain competitive.

Public school funding rose five times faster than enrollment over the past ten years yet of the 61 percent of Red Oak students who took the SAT or ACT, only 27 percent met or exceeded criterion.

I think its time for our local government entities to work at something other than taking the funds out of the hides of the worker bees - teacher or taxpayer alike. Administration and School leadership is 15 percent of the total budget expenditures in Red Oak.

I think Red Oak can weather this storm with a sharp pencil! Wish I could be at the next school board meeting.

Bill Foster

Red Oak


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