Month: <span>June 2011</span>

Teaching school or packing boxes?

Click on the link below to check out the latest corporate sweetheart idea for robbing the state treasury – and the public schools. According to this item in the Austin AmericanStatesman, state officials are negotiating a deal with Amazon.com to grant Amazon a four and onehalf year exemption from collecting sales taxes on online sales […]

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With “friends” like these…

A few school teachers and parents out there actually may be able to remember that some, probably most, of the Republicans now running the Texas House of Representatives – and running the teaching profession and the public schools into the ground – campaigned last year as “friends” of education. Even those drinking the antigovernment tea […]

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The local price of Perry

This is a tale of two North Texas school districts, both victims of Gov. Rick Perry’s educationslashing policies and his Tea Party allies’ backwardthinking ideology. Each has laid off dozens of employees and taken other costcutting steps because the governor and the legislative majority have abdicated their constitutional responsibility to adequately fund public education. But […]

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Seeking the schools’ best interests

State Rep. Jim Landtroop of Plainview may consider himself a friend of his local school districts, but his voting record says otherwise. Landtroop was quoted in the Amarillo newspaper over the weekend, claiming to have represented the “best interests” of his 50 or so rural school districts when he voted last week against Senate Bill […]

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