I actually like the letter. I would like to see candidates taking a stronger position to help teachers gain control of their classroom activities and to put more of the existing education dollars in the classroom. I would agree with some that it may not go far enough, but we agree education is important. It is a shame that many public school administrators don't seem to remember that is why they are employed -- to educate children.
Temple ISD per pupil revenue is $8,885 and they spend only $4,204 per pupil on instruction..less than half (which is below the state average). Teachers make an average of $41,560 and SUPPORT STAFF make $46,560. The district employees 1,211 staff and less than half -- only 583 are teachers. That is well below the state average. Temple ISD's fund balance was 22% and the state average is only 18%. Almost 20% of the 9th graders won't gradate, and only 42% of their students take college entrance exams. The District is only rated Academically Acceptable -- which is second from the bottom. That should not be acceptable to taxpayers and to parents. I realize this is only one ISD in HD 55, but these figures can be gathered for all ISD's and they are generally all pathetic.
Questions need to be asked, and a stronger position needs to be taken to provide information to taxpayers. I hope if elected Ralph Sheffield will think outside the box. It is time we fund the child's education, not the educational institutions run by educrats who seem to have forgotten what business they are in. Teachers and students should be the priority and the numbers don't tell us that is happening.
Thanks for letting me share this information - Peggy Venable
The information above comes from this website:
This is the website with the ISD snapshot summaries: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/s ... index.html
and here is the state total (for comparison purposes): http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/s ... state.html
and here is the percentile data: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/s ... strib.html