On an email list, Mike Gras said something that struck me. Since I was focused on other things (work), I let that slide past me for the moment, promising myself to come back to it later. Then, Scott Floyd was kind enough to quote it in response to the blog entry I wrote Friday when I heard about what was happening in Dallas ISD to wonderful professionals in the Instructional Technology Department, as well as others:
If what you posted doesn’t make it clear that the Texas Legislature wants to destroy public educators, check out HB 400. It takes away tons of protections while adding more burdens to those employed. As @mikegras put it, you can vote out whoever you want, but if HB400 goes through, those protections will never return.
For awhile, I had to set aside my concerns with Texas politics and legislature. To be honest, discussing those things is outside the range of my blog…I don’t like discussing them because they are often negative critiques of actions taken and decisions made by “legislators” I often don’t agree with. I would love to just vote in the people that are committed to the positive initiatives and actions I support and turn them loose. Alas, that is not a valid perspective in today’s environment and can result in profound failure (I point to President Obama and his Race to the Top as but one example). But to see Texans ripping education out by the roots for political reasons…and is this really what Texas is about? If it is, I know my family wouldn’t have moved here so many years ago…we could have gone anywhere.
To begin, the governor’s proposed budget slashes state support for public schools. It is, he says, up to local school districts to determine who and how many to fire and how to cope with reduced State support.
And Perry not only proposes to cut state funding for the public universities, but also endorses proposals for the state to foster new, for-profit, private colleges to compete with Texas’ underfunded public universities.
In short, the governor’s policies reveal a hostility toward public education, higher and lower, in Texas.
WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.
And yet in education we do just that.
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