To the Editor:
On Texas school funding:
Thank you for the Associated Press article regarding school funding dated Jan. 23. The $5.4 billion that was taken from the Texas education budget on the watch of Rep. (Jimmie Don) Aycock (R, Killeen) who serves as (House) state education chair, should have been replaced. Instead only $3.4 million was replaced. During the 2011-2012 school year, 40,998 KISD students were taught at $7,352 per child. I think about how much better these children would have done with the missing resources.
Your article noted that Lynn Moak, who has reported on state education finances for over 50 years, testified recently on behalf of 600-plus school systems who are suing the state over lack of funding. He stated that the cuts in 2011 left schools unable to prepare youngsters for lofty high school graduation requirements. My research also noted that based on Texas Education Agency data, Moak reported 258,000 students have failed one or more tests and are not on track to graduate (class of 2015 and 2016).
It was also interesting to note in the AP article that Judge John Dietz ruled that the Texas school finance system violates the state constitution. I have been a member of the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators for some years. This group will honor Aycock in the spring of this year.
I’m hoping that Aycock will be able to report to KAABSE during the spring banquet, that financial progress will have been made for Texas schools. After all, he is the Texas House education chair. Our children deserve legislative warriors who will fight for the best education possible in Texas and especially KISD, where we live.
Dr. Claudia L. Brown,