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In these tough budget times, Austin ISD adds $100K-earning administrators
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013, 11:11AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Before adding the $5.4 billion Democratic state Rep. Lon Burnam says was cruelly torn from the public education budget in the last session, the Legislature, among their many questions, might ask how much of that tax money will be used to pad the salaries of administrators.

While education advocates and some politicians, including Burnam, D-Fort Worth, waited for the sky to fall on Texas schoolchildren, the number of administrators making more than $100,000 increased by 63 percent in the Austin Independent School District, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

As Texas Watchdog reported last year, a remarkable number of school administrators managed to keep their jobs, while school districts in the wake of budget cuts eliminated thousands of vacant teaching positions.

Even as the last Legislature went into its session knowing it would have to cut the overall public education budget by several billion dollars, KXAN-TV in Austin reported on the comfortable salary and benefits packages for school superintendents in the Austin area.

This year, 70 of the 11,973 employees for AISD make annual salaries of more than $100,000, up from 56 just a year ago and from 43 at the end of the school year in 2008.

The operations budget during the same five years has dropped 16 percent, the district shed more than 1,100 education positions and overall district employment was flat, the paper reports.

The big-ticket earners are the 12 members of what the Statesman calls the “senior cabinet” of advisors to the sometimes secretive Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. How positively medieval of us to think that only U.S. presidents have cabinets.

The rest of those in the $100,000-plus club are executive directors and directors, and high and middle school principals. Always good to know public schools still have principals.

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Texas schools want local control, state cash -- $1 billion in supplemental funding as Legislature convenes
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013, 11:20AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
bus

Texas Watchdog last week celebrated with prolonged reverie one of the Internet’s several birthdays. I’m sure you remember the 30th, the day Network Control Protocol gave way to Transmission Control and Internet Protocols that changed everything.

What those protocols eventually gave us was the ability to gather news, not just from our mossback hometown newspaper, but from everywhere.

Take today, for example, the day the Texas Legislature convenes for its 83rd biennial time. On this day Texas teachers, administrators and school board members want the Legislature to know how they bridle for control of their school districts.

They struggle with their budgets and staffing, the imposition of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing, tailoring their curricula and setting their school calendars. As the Dallas Morning News headline reads today, “Texas School Districts Want State Off Their Backs.”

“We see this every session when we go through our biennial legislative agenda. Every time, it’s about local control,” Dax Gonzalez, with the Texas Association of School Boards, tells the Morning News.

Oh, and while you are liberating us, could you spare an extra $1 billion?

Without that infusion of state tax money, Shirley Beaulieu, chief financial officer at the Texas Education Agency, testified in an ongoing public school funding lawsuit, school districts won’t be able to pay their bills come summer, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Rick Gray, a lawyer for many of the more than 600 school districts that have since joined the lawsuit, reminded everyone just how far local control extends on school matters.

"This just magnifies the need for the Legislature to seriously get in and solve the problem once and for all," Gray says. "We're playing the robbing Peter to pay Paul year in and year out."

For his part, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the new chairman of the Senate Education Committee, tells the Morning News he fully intends to work on the issue of local control. From Austin.

“I’m willing to bend over backwards to help school districts be flexible and successful,” Patrick tells the Morning News. “But they have to be willing to be flexible as well.”

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UT System puts brakes on new headquarters project, cites campus plans in Lower Rio Grande Valley
Friday, Dec 14, 2012, 02:04PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Taxpayers are free to direct their ire at University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell for robbing them of as much as $5 million a year in savings.

Powell had the temerity to suggest the Regents put off plans to build a new headquarters for the UT System in downtown Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reports today.

We know. You’ve already clicked on the link to the story, and it says not building a shiny new 15-story headquarters in a high rent district would save $102.4 million, considerably more than $5 million.

That’s why you aren’t Regents.

We’re coddling, but follow along. Many months ago, the Regents looked out at their empire, a complex of five buildings downtown. Although these buildings were paid for, they were expensive to maintain.

A study of the matter concluded a consolidation and construction would lead to annual savings in maintenance, energy efficiency, security and other sundries of between $2 million and $5 million a year.

At its maximum savings, the building would pay for itself in 20 years unless, of course, new technologies would make it foolish not to build an even more cost-saving headquarters.

Not at all unlike the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars being spent by our local and state governments to capture the “savings” of solar power.  

But Powell wants to save the whole $102.4 million, right? You’re still just a little behind the curve on this.

According to the Statesman, the Legislature is anxious to put these cost savings theories into practice by merging UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American into a single Lower Rio Grande Valley campus with a brand new medical school.

Knowing perfectly the direction of the political winds, Powell sent a memo to the board saying construction/savings projects on actual campuses “must take priority over other internally focused capital projects like the proposed new UT System building.”

Not to worry. Powell assured Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Scott Kelley, executive vice chancellor for business affairs,“that we will recommend re-evaluation of the project at an appropriate time.”

Appropriate meaning when there is more money available to be spent on saving.

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Student sees ‘mark of the beast’ in school’s microchip tracking program, files suit
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012, 12:20PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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A San Antonio School district spent $261,000 in an effort to save money by using microchips to track its students, bringing religious and civil liberties groups together in a pitched battle against what one student called “the mark of the beast.”

What do you mean, not even global positioning systems embedded in bloodhounds led by Sherlock Holmes can help you track this logic?

Relax and think like a bureaucrat.

Like most districts in the state, the Northside Independent School District endured a tough 2011 session of the Legislature that left it with $61.5 million less over a two-year period and 256 teacher positions unfilled.

Because the state has a Stephen Hawking-like calculation for school funding based in part on average daily attendance (please see p. 10 of the Texas Education Agency guide to school finance), Northside did its own calculating.

Maximize attendance of the 4,200 students in the district and realize an additional $1.7 million in revenue from the state, Associated Press reports.

But how to do that with all those kids sleeping in, skipping off to the malt shop for sodas and the jukebox or hotwiring those jacked up Ram pickups for some gang initiation?

As simple as finding $261,000 in your strapped budget to embed tracking microchips in the identification badges of your students at one high school and one middle school. On a test basis, or course. And, please, the district prefers you call them locator chips.

Only one of the students, Andrea Hernandez, prefers to think of them as religious sacrilege. From the time microchips were developed for human beings, evangelical Christian groups have interpreted their use, even the barcoding of the devices, as “the mark of the beast,” as described in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

We swear, we aren’t kidding.

The school district relented on the chip, but when it insisted Hernandez wear the ID badge, she refused to submit to a false god. She and her parents went to court, the AP story says.

The Rutherford Institute, a civil rights non-profit in Charlottesville, Va., that has made school surveillance one of its causes, has also filed a lawsuit on behalf of Hernandez.

A hearing in district court scheduled for Tuesday was postponed after attorneys for the school district requested the case be moved to federal court.

You can see now the wisdom of maximizing all that state revenue.

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, quite often a voice of reason in a habitually zany Legislature, intends to file a bill that would prohibit Texas public school districts from using tracking chips for any reason, Chris Steinbach, her chief of staff, told AP.

Roughly the same bills Kolkhorst has filed in every session since 2005 have been routinely ignored. The Hernandez lawsuit might change that.

"How often do you see an issue where the ACLU and Christian fundamentalists come together?” Steinbach told AP. “It's unusual."

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Weslaco ISD threatens suit following newspaper’s report on wasteful spending
Friday, Nov 09, 2012, 11:09AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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As if to prove a point made by a Texas Education Agency investigation into financial mismanagement, Weslaco Independent School District trustees have threatened to spend taxpayer money to sue the local newspaper.

In dudgeon as high as only school boards can muster, Weslaco board members promised to take “any legal action necessary to preserve its rights,” unless the McAllen Monitor removes from its website a story based on the TEA audit and the text of a confidential memo sent to board members outlining the investigation’s results, the Monitor is reporting.

The story, published on Nov. 1, focuses on several criticisms by the TEA of decisions made under former Superintendent Richard Rivera for the school district, between McAllen and Harlingen.

For instance, diverting $2 million from a worker’s compensation fund to help build a press box for the football stadium, the audit said.

No one on the board is suggesting anything in the story or the audit is incorrect, not that that matters. What has the board particularly chapped is how its super-secret memo got leaked to the Monitor.

School district attorney Fernando Saenz, who has been putting all of this bile in letter form, pleaded attorney-client privilege for the memo, while acknowledging Texas laws that protect journalists from being made to give up their sources.

The letter to the Monitor, Saenz said - perhaps playing good cop to the school board’s bad - is really just a formality.

Steve Fagan, executive editor of the Monitor, is treating the threat as even less than that. The paper has no intention of removing the story. Any lawsuit based on the letter would be frivolous and unwinnable, Fagan said.

And if the district sued and lost, Fagan said, the newspaper would ask that its legal fees be repaid by the district. In others words, district taxpayers.

Or maybe there’s still a little left over in the worker’s compensation fund, if it hasn’t already been spent on a Jumbotron.

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Waco ISD ground zero for Texas student discipline reform
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012, 02:38PM CST
By Curt Olson
Waco school bus

A new student discipline program that emphasizes handling bad behavior in schools rather than courts has taken hold in Waco ISD.

Advocates believe that if the program improves academic outcomes for teens, it could become a model for a broader shift away from criminalizing student behavior in a state where students have been ticketed for horseplay, cursing or putting on perfume. The pilot, initiated by the the governor’s office, is in its second year.

Charlene Hamilton is among the believers.

“We’re living in a culture of zero tolerance. We got away from classroom management,” said Hamilton, who oversees the project for the Waco Independent School District. “We are remedying that here.”

The students she works with used to be slapped with police citations and sent before a judge. Now, teachers and students are trying to address situations on campus through a program called Suspend Kids to School. The program is aimed at preventing students teetering on the edge of suspension or expulsion from landing in alternative education programs.

Gov. Rick Perry’s Criminal Justice Division picked Waco ISD for the $600,000 pilot project because it has its own police department, officers were ticketing students for behavior issues and Waco has close proximity to Austin. If Perry likes what he sees when a report on the program emerges from Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute, state leaders may reform zero tolerance laws adopted in the mid-1990s.

Under Suspend Kids to School, teachers receive training to better manage their classrooms, and leaders among students receive training in peer mediation and campus teen courts. The district also has a Saturday course to help parents address student behavior.

The early signs have proven positive.

The number of students referred to alternative school has dropped dramatically. The district referred 104 students to Challenge Academy, the county’s alternative education program, last school year, Waco ISD spokesman Dale Caffey said. So far this year Waco ISD has referred three students and estimates that with the reforms the district will refer 22 students total this year.

The number of citations for Class C misdemeanors dropped 42 percent in 2011-12 compared to a year earlier, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said.

These strategies could bite into the estimated $600 million spent per year statewide on campus policing and on-campus and off-campus alternative education programs. The 11 biggest school districts in Texas spent $140 million last school year on disciplinary and juvenile justice programs for suspended and expelled students, on top of some $87 million spent on campus security efforts, according to a report released this week by Texas Appleseed, an Austin-based social justice think tank.

There are costs to families, too.

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Ticketed students typically land before a local justice of the peace, where they can be fined $500 for fighting or other disruptions. Throw in lost time from work for a parent to take a child to court and pay the fine, and the cost climbs higher.

At least in Waco ISD, the reforms don’t mean a reduction in costs from staffing the police department of about 30 people. A district spokesman said that responsibilities would shift, turning police who write citations now into truancy officers.

“The objective of the program is not to decrease the size of the WISD police force. However, the program is enabling police officers to be spend less time handling disciplinary related matters that are more appropriate for school administrators to handle,” Caffey said via e-mail to Texas Watchdog. “Police officers ... security guards and crossing guards, all of whom make up the Waco ISD police department, are still needed to keep our schools safe.”

Campus police for school districts write some 275,000 tickets a year for disrupting class, disorderly conduct, truancy and other conduct violations, according to a 2010 study by Texas Appleseed. Study authors say it’s likely the number of tickets written “grossly exceeds that number,” based on low reporting of data to the Texas Office of Court Administration.

Many students are repeatedly ticketed, with fines of $50 to $500 for each offense.

“One municipal court providing data to Texas Appleseed indicated a youth had received as many as 11 tickets. In the same court, more than 350 youth had received multiple tickets, with some receiving six or more,” the study states. (See page 69.)

Officers in Waco ISD issued 1,070 tickets in 2006-07, when the district had more than 15,400 students, the Texas Appleseed study found.

A separate report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center suggests all that ticketing is associated with poorer academic outcomes.

Researchers for the Council of State Governments followed every Texas seventh-grader in 2000, 2001 and 2002 — about 930,000 students — for six years. The study found that almost a third of students disciplined ended up repeating at least one grade, and that African-American and special education students were disproportionately disciplined.

“This report demonstrates that if we want our kids to do better in school and reduce their involvement in the juvenile justice system, we in the legislature need to continue looking into how teachers can be better supported and how the school discipline system can be improved,” State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, said via a Council news release when the report was published.

A spokeswoman for the Council said officials nationwide started examining different aspects of school discipline earlier this month, though their findings are more than a year away.

“The policy recommendations will focus on both state and local efforts that can be tailored to the distinct needs of jurisdictions, and we hope that the report will have utility for lawmakers” and others dealing with juvenile justice, Council spokeswoman Martha Plotkin said via email.

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Big school districts in Texas spent $227 million last year on disciplinary programs: Report
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012, 09:38AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Taxpayers in 11 of the biggest school districts in Texas spent $227 million during the 2010-11 school year to protect and punish children, according to a study by a non-profit group calling for less expensive alternatives.

Texas Appleseed intends to present its study, Breaking Rules, Breaking Budgets, before a joint hearing to discuss public school disciplinary policies before the state Senate Education and Criminal Justice committees Tuesday morning at the Capitol.

The report concluded the 11 districts surveyed spent $140 million in a single school year on disciplinary and juvenile justice programs for suspended and expelled students, Associated Press reported Monday afternoon. Campus police and security and monitoring equipment and personnel cost another $87 million.

The school districts surveyed - Bryan, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Dallas, Fort Bend, Fort Worth, Houston, Humble, Northside, Plano, San Antonio - educate a quarter of the roughly 5 million students enrolled in public schools in Texas. There are about 1,050 school districts in the state.

In its report, Texas Appleseed, volunteer lawyers and other professionals promoting social and economic justice, offers alternative disciplinary programs it contends are more effective and less expensive.

Districts could maintain higher federal funding reimbursements by raising their average attendance by suspending only students who threaten staff and student safety or damage to the school.

Atlantic Philanthropies, the Houston Endowment, the Public Welfare Foundation and The Boone Foundation helped fund the Texas Appleseed study.

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Feds to withhold $100 million from La Joya ISD if school lunch program errors persist
Monday, Oct 15, 2012, 03:23PM CST
By Curt Olson
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La Joya Independent School District has two months to prove it can account for all lunches served in the district or risk losing out on $100 million in federal funding.

The district has struck out twice so far. The district has reported serving thousands more meals a month than it actually doled out, two audits conducted by the Texas Department of Agriculture in the last year showed.

If a third audit in December reveals discrepancies, the district will lose $100 million over five years, the Mission Progress Times reported. The Rio Grande Valley district has about 29,000 students, more than 90 percent of them identified as “economically disadvantaged.”

In November the district reported 4,600 more meals than were actually served. In March, the district over-reported by 3,200. Federal officials suspended funds for school lunches, and the district has been paying about $1.5 million a month since then, the McAllen Monitor reports.

Superintendent Alda Benavides has implemented stronger monitoring of school lunches for the district.

“I make a promise to the community that whatever the situation, that we as a board will work diligently to make sure the students of La Joya ISD will continue to see their free lunch. This is something we need to take seriously,” said La Joya ISD Trustee Isaac Sulemana, as reported by the Progress Times.

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Allen ISD approves $2 million in one-time payments to staff
Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012, 11:37AM CST
By Curt Olson
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Allen Independent School District, known for its shiny, new $60 million football stadium, has a split school board over $2 million in lump-sum raises to district teachers and staff.

The recent 4-3 board vote authorized the one-time payments in November, ranging from $375 to $1,000. The payments are aimed at keeping district pay competitive with that of its neighbors, the Allen American reports.

Trustee Mark Jones contended the raises are fiscally irresponsible after asking taxpayers to dig deeper for Allen ISD last November.

"Our greatest charge is to ensure the future financial viability of this school district,” he said. “I don't think we can do that by offering a $2 million bonus when we just got finished asking our taxpayers to pony up 13 cents extra just last year.”

Supporters see the move as the district keeping its promise to employees at a time of state budget cuts that have hurt Allen ISD. They argued it is the best conservative option given the district’s circumstances.

The district of about 19,000 students in Collin County, north of Dallas, has gained national attention for its $60 million football stadium, which opened in August. There’s also been controversy over the location and about $40 million in construction costs for a new bus service center, CultureMap Dallas recently reported.

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Robstown ISD voters will decide fate of smaller bond issue after $1 million mistake
Thursday, Oct 04, 2012, 03:00PM CST
By Curt Olson
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A last-minute change of plans and human error created a $1 million mistake for the bond issue on the November ballot for Robstown Independent School District voters.

District leaders discussed plans over the summer for a $12.5 million bond issue to demolish and reconstruct 30 Robstown High School classrooms and a cafeteria and library. Days before the final vote, trustees increased the bond issue to $13.5 million after input from financial advisers, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports.

The district’s bond counsel didn’t amend the election order, and the board secretary, who was absent from the special meeting for the final vote, didn’t notice it before sending it to Nueces County elections officials, the Caller-Times reported. Officials of the district of more than 3,300 students about 20 miles west of Corpus Christi sought the $1 million cushion in the bond for unexpected higher costs for the projects.

The district chose not to spend $15,000 to change the ballots, the newspaper reported.

Robstown ISD School Board President Osvaldo Romero wasn’t happy when he noticed the mistake on a sample ballot.

"I was livid,” he told the newspaper. “That's a million-dollar mistake.”

If voters approved a $13.5 million bond, Robstown ISD tax rates would have increased to $1.67 per $100 valuation from $1.61 per $100 valuation. That will drop if voters approve the $12.5 million bond issue on Nov. 6, though the dust hasn’t settled enough for officials to say by how much. When they do, we hope they’ve checked those figures twice.

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MAY 22, 2917 / Theodore Dalrymple on secularization and transcendence THE SECULARIZATION of Europe is hardly any secret. Religion's long, melancholy, withdrawing roar, as Matthew Arnold put it, is a roar no...
Update:2 years 9 months
Unca Darrell
MAY 10 / James B. Comey . . . . . . needed firing. Everything he did during the 2016 election was wrong. He was wrong . . . . . . back in July to release information...
Update:2 years 9 months
Unca Darrell
Droppin' F bombs, Beto O'Rourke style It's not often that a politician decides to start cursing repeatedly during speeches and interviews. But that hasn't stopped...
Update:2 years 11 months
Rick Perry vs The World
APRIL 5, 2017 / Weeding out the audience at the Alley is . . . . . . a feature, not a bug. Houston's Alley Theatre is running "An Act of God," a loosely dramatized collection of irreverent one-liners...
Update:2 years 11 months
Unca Darrell
Statewide primary rumors It's that stage of the election cycle where politicians are trying to figure out if they should run for something else or stay put. ...
Update:2 years 11 months
Rick Perry vs The World
Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Not really. Sure, he's not liked, Texans think Ted puts Ted first, his approval rating is upside down, etc...
Update:2 years 11 months
Rick Perry vs The World
MARCH 16, 2017 / Jim Webb on what it means to be a redneck, and . . . . . . why redneck culture matters. In 2004 Jim Webb wrote Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. Though the 2016 presidential...
Update:2 years 11 months
Unca Darrell
MARCH 3, 2017 -- Goodbye, and thanks, to Thomas Sowell THOMAS SOWELL, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and one of America's most important public intellectuals, retired from...
Update:3 years 1 week
Unca Darrell
March 2, 2017 / The poem our teachers got wrong TWO ROADS diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Generations of commencement...
Update:3 years 1 week
Unca Darrell
FEBRUARY 27 / Eric Hoffer on . . . . . . baby boomers and alienated intellectuals. "SCRATCH AN INTELLECTUAL, and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the...
Update:3 years 1 week
Unca Darrell
2017 Project: January “Progress” There are two different ways to interpret my 2017 project: that it's a way more complicated New Years Resolution, or that it is essentially...
Update:3 years 1 month
Greg's Opinion
Ted Cruz's first senate term in a nutshell The National Review's Tim Alberta switched to Politico, and one of his opening pieces put Ted Cruz's first term in a nutshell It...
Update:3 years 1 month
Rick Perry vs The World
Andrea Parquet-Taylor named KTVT CBS 11 news director Former KHOU 11 assistant news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor named Vice President, News Director for KTVT CBS 11 Andrea...
Update:3 years 1 month
Mike McGuff
VIDEO: KPRC 2 10pm newscast (1-24-99) ...
Update:3 years 1 month
Mike McGuff
Democrats actually thought Wendy Davis was a serious candidate? Hat tip to Willisms: VIDEO- Wendy Davis being Wendy Davis: https://t.co/SHq3ACGVDJ #txlege— Will Franklin (@WILLisms) January 24,...
Update:3 years 1 month
Rick Perry vs The World
Luke Bryan to sing National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI on FOX ​ Country music superstar LUKE BRYAN will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI pregame festivities at NRG Stadium in Houston...
Update:3 years 1 month
Mike McGuff
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