Crisis In The Classroom: A Panel Discussion

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Superintendents from 7 North Texas school districts, along with parents, teachers and even an 8th grader joined in a special panel discussion Wednesday night in the TXA 21 studios to talk about what the next steps are for Texas school districts as they face budget shortfalls into the millions of dollars.

Click here to watch Part 1.

Click here to watch Part 2.

So how big are the budget deficits?  Click here to see our interactive map.

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  1. richard says:

    ,Mesquite has done the same thing last month,go figure!

  2. Teresa Salmeron says:

    We as a community should not be shocked by the fact that this man”s pocketbook comes before our children”s education. He must be truelly convinced that we are all this ignorent. Well I hope everyone remembers this day when election time comes.

  3. UNKNOWN says:

    WHY DON’T YOU INVESTIGATE THE DALLAS SUPERINTENDENT WHO IS LETTING 3100 TEACHERS GO AND HAS THE THIRD LARGEST SALARY IN TEXAS, INSTEAD OF A DUNCANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT WHO RANKS IN THE 100 NUMBERS OF TEXAS SUPERINTENDENT SALARY. IS IT HIS COLOR? OF COURSE NOT, YOU THINK, OF COURSE THAT’S THE RACIST TRUTH. THE DALLAS SUPERINTENDENT HAS DONE EVERYTHING, BUT MURDERED SOMEONE ,,,,,,,OOPS! YES, HE’S MURDERING PEOPLE LIVES AND FAMILIES. THE PRESENT DALLAS SUJPERINTENDENT IS THE WORSE DALLAS SUPERINTENDENT THAT DALLAS HAS EVER AND WILL EVER HAVE.

  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    The real crisis, is that the funding by real estate taxes, is no longer working. The middle class can no longer support the poor.

    The funding method has to change, and those receiving the benefits MUST shoulder a portion of the burden, or we have to shut down the public school system, completely.

  5. Mark Gilman says:

    The revenue gap was largely created by the legislature’s failure in 2006 to replace property taxes with new income from the business franchise tax. That was their plan, to cap property taxes and replace the lost revenue with income from a tightened up franchise tax. That never happened. Thus, the crisis was largely created by the legislature and is only partly owing to a downturn in property values. (Recall that Texas has done much better on that count than most other States, as our Government never failed to mention.) Thus, why is it not the legislature’s first order of business now to revisit the failure of 2006 and remedy the shortfall in franchise tax revenues both to help close the gap and to head off future calamities. Using the rainy day fund and fixing the franchise tax would avert most of the problem, but we are not hearing this from anyone. Shouldn’t these questions be raised by the media? Why are we instead eating our seed corn and mortgaging our future? After all, business stands to profit from a well-educated workforce so it’s in their interest to help fund education. All this seems to be elementary and obvious, but we seem to avoid dealing with it. I’m puzzled by that.

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      It is puzzling why people aren’t asking more questions. This budget came out of nowhere – what happened to the “Texas miracle” and the amazing way we weathered the recession? Perry and his buddies want us to bellieve this is all about the great recession, but it isn’t. It’s about the way they misappropriated our tax funds. Further, that business franchise tax – they loaded it with loopholes and then offered exemptions to it in 2009. They knew they were taking a sledgehammer to school funding, but didn’t care. The people and future of Texas are not their concern. People need to start reconizing that, talking about it, and demanding better!

  6. Concernerd Parent/Teacher says:

    CONCERNED PARENT?TEACHER

    Get rid of Robin Hood. The lottery system was supposed to help with the education system but is being used for something else. This was told to us by our school board. I would like to know where the money is going and who authorized to go there? Everyone remember who has been elected. Just to get a good education kids are going to either have to go to private schools or be home schooled.

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