“We built the greatest school system the world has ever seen and built it at the local level and the local school district level. And then the Federal Government got into the school business only by having preempted so much of the tax resources, and those tax resources that grew with the economy faster than something like the property tax, which is the principal basis for educational funding. Then they got into it through that money thing, having preempted the money, created the problem, and then they said, “Well, now we want to help you.” But in return for the help, they wanted to also regulate, and have interfered to a large extent.” – Ronald Reagan
Currently, the state uses a funding formula that provides $X amount per school district. We need to move to formula where the dollars follow the child. If we fund education based on $X amount per student statewide, every student will receive the same amount of funds for their education. This will improve the resources available to each child, and end the numerous lawsuits filed by school districts against the state over funding.
End State Control of Education and Testing
Teachers need to be allowed to teach, and students allowed to learn. With so much of the school year now being dedicated to state testing, teachers are growing frustrated and students are not learning. We need to move back to local control of education. We need to allow school districts to choose their own curriculum and methods of testing. Education should not be a “one size fits all” system. Local control will create closer relationships between the schools, students, and parents and boost teacher morale.
Cost of Living Adjustment for Retired Teachers
Retired Texas teachers have not received a cost of living adjustment since 2001. Since then, the price of gasoline has risen from $1.31/gallon to $3.60/gallon, yet the amount on a retired teacher’s check has stayed the same. We should not forget the tens of thousands of retired teachers who dedicated so many years to educating our children. They deserve a cost of living adjustment, and should be given one on a regular basis.