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Superintendent of Northside ISD says it best!

Posted by Texas Education on June 11, 2008

I noticed in the Tribune today, where Jennifer Bernard says we should all write our legislative officials and demand change. Well, I would think they know by now our problems, wouldn’t you? No, the answer is not telling them what THEY need to do, it’s what WE need to do. We need to elect a legislature that understands our need to have proper funding for our children, for our teachers, for our schools. Ask them, talk to them. Last year I attended a forum for “Children at Risk” where the superintendent of Houston ISD – Abelardo Saavedra, Scott Hochberg, our own Dr. Sconzo and numerous others were guest speakers. I asked Mr. Hochberg why the state is not funding our schools better, and this was way before I know what we all know now, and his reply was, that he was told by those above him that they didn’t feel that it was the states job. What??? So, herein lies the problem, in my books (again, no pun.) We HAVE to elect those who really care about our schools, and care about giving them the proper funding, tools and support they so sorely need. Get educated as to who has our childrens’ best interest at heart. We can no longer go on this way. The Observer and the Tribune all have people crying about their sports, electives, etc. getting cut and we just can’t have that. Well, the board has no other alternative. In some of our own households people are making the decision to buy milk or by gas, and fellas, I believe, we have not seen the worst yet. Yes, we need to get fired up, but WE need to do something about it. If they have not been able to fix our crisis by now, they never will. Please educate yourselves, find out what our elected officials have voted for, or against, when it comes to schools, school financing, budgets, etc. As responsible adults, parents, communities, we can all do something. Let’s just hope it’s not too late. We still have the next year to tighten our belts, and even then, there are no guarantees.

John M. Folks Jr. is superintendent of the Northside Independent School District explains our crisis very well. As I’ve heard our very own Dr. Sconzo tout it often. This, of course, was taken from the Humble ISD’s website.

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2 Responses to “Superintendent of Northside ISD says it best!”

  1. rms42296 said

    Sadly, I’m afraid all is doomed as far as getting any curriculum put in place that truly reflects the NEEDS of Texas children. Truth be told, the State Board of Education, save for a few angels (Berlanga, Hardy, Knight and a few others) is comprised of little more than a bunch of bullies, who get their kicks pushing teachers around. Evidence – the recent shenanigans with the English Language Arts TEKS, in which McElroy – a dentist – and his cronies waited until 5 a.m. on the morning that the document would go to vote to be accepted to slip said document under the hotel room doors of their opposition, and then expected said opposition to vote at 9. As long as these bozoes are running the State Board, Texas students will be at their narrow minded, uneducated mercy.

  2. I must agree with you there. We have no “educators” on the SBOE. How can they make education decisions if they have never been there, done that??

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