Month: <span>November 2010</span>

Money does make a difference

To be absolutely clear, TSTA believes every school district that owes the state money under the socalled Robin Hood school finance law should pay up – and pay up on time. But one East Texas district’s delinquency serves to refute the old, wrongheaded cliché that spending more money on education doesn’t improve classroom quality. That […]

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Higher ed handwringing

Budgetcutting choices are difficult and painful – for everyone, that is, except Gov. Rick Perry, who still jets around the country, bragging about all the “belttightening” in Texas. But one alleged “costsaving” proposal making the rounds of higher education administrators is so obviously unrealistic as to be silly. Before I explain, I will digress for […]

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Washington’s lifeline

Gov. Rick Perry may claim to be “fed up” with Washington, and he may selectively (and very rarely) reject federal funds, but mostly he and his legislative partners have eagerly accepted federal cash. In fact, according to an item in Peggy Fikac’s column in the San Antonio ExpressNews, federal revenue was the biggest revenue source […]

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Pedigree versus purity

As are other groups preparing for battle during next year’s legislative session, TSTA obviously is very interested in the outcome of what is becoming a nastierbytheday race for the House speakership. But all we can do is wait and watch as the suddenly inflated Republican majority – egged on by rightwing activists – fights its […]

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