Laredo ISD Prefers Litigation To Education
Laredo ISD and the Texas State Teacher’s Association (TSTA) have joined the National Education Association (NEA) in a suit targeting Texas children. Given Laredo’s record, it’s easy to see why the NEA chose them as “Texas Ground Zero” to launch its assault on our kids.
We wrote about Laredo ISD in December of 2004. Newly installed Superintendent Sylvia Bruni was hard at work introducing innovative learning techniques that included instruction in “water consumption” and “physical movement.” It gets better; she’s also “Re-Tooling” her teachers into “Charismatic Adults.”
To learn more about Superintendent Bruni’s techniques: Click Here.
Apparently Ms. Bruni was successful in implementing her strategies, no child has forgotten how to move or drink water. Unfortunately, they are less adept at reading, writing and computing.
Obviously, Laredo ISD is not at fault. It’s the fault of the federal government that her students can’t compete on the Texas TAKS. This is the Texas TAKS that was developed in Texas by Texans for Texas students. The same Texas TAKS that everyone else takes.
I checked the map. Laredo is still in Texas.
A concerned parent explains why Laredo children can’t pass the TAKS. According to the Texas State Teacher’s Association website, this confused person said:
Testing favors urban dwellers: They are taking exams that do not relate to us because of the wording. For example, they asked a question about skyscrapers. Laredo does not have any skyscrapers. The poor kids are guessing.”
Skyscrapers aren’t the only things Laredo doesn’t have; they also don’t have glaciers, seashores or pyramids. Are Laredo Educrats going to ignore everything that doesn’t lie within Laredo city limits? If learning about Laredo is all we’re worried about, let’s shut the schools down and buy all the kids a city bus ticket. Maybe if Laredo ISD focused on what the kids don’t know, rather than on what they arrive knowing; these children could identify some of the many wonders that exist beyond their fair city.
Unfortunately for Laredo children, it’s not going to happen.
Superintendent Bruni has a better idea. Along with the NEA, their Texas affiliate The Texas State Teacher’s Association and 8 other school districts across the nation they’re going to sue America for, you guessed it, more money.
Who’d have thought?
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics there are 14,500 school districts in America. Texas has the dubious honor of being home to one of 8 failures that have joined other failing Educrats, along with their local and national unions, in an insane effort to flush God knows how much of our kids cash pursing a pointless lawsuit that no parent wants.
Thank you Laredo ISD.
In Laredo, maybe if they’d spend less time “Re-Tooling” and more time teaching, their kids could pass the TAKS.
Public schools in general and Texas Public Schools in particular, can’t account for much of the money they’ve got, and they’ve got a lot. Nationally, according to the Department of Education, the United States spends more than $530 billion/year on K12 Education. That’s more than the Gross Domestic Product of Russia.
Russian kids can read, write and compute rings around us. They’re the guys that gave us Sputnik.
What do Texas Public Schools do with our kid’s money? Millions upon millions are squandered, wasted, misappropriated or stolen.
Here are some recent examples of thefts and questionable practices.
San Antonio ISD stealing from the homeless: Click Here
Texas Superintendents “Consulting” for school vendors: Click Here
Texas Teacher’s Cheating Instead of Teaching: Click Here
Laredo ISD Wasting Money On Movement Training: Click Here
Plano ISD Litigating Against Christmas: Click Here
Wilmer-Hutchins ISD 40 Years of Failure: Click Here.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation identified almost five million dollars of waste in Dallas ISD alone. Here are the details according to an April 20, 2005 Austin American Statesman commentary.
Chambers of Commerce $375,000
Franklin Covey $90,000
Billie Arbuckle Adventures $14,500
Cultural Programs $2,700,000
According to the commentary, while Dallas ISD was diddling away this money, they were suing the state for more of your cash. They claimed they were “forced” to dismiss several hundred high schools teachers because of “inadequate” funding.
Need more? Here’s another one.
According to a June 22, 2005 Times Record News article the “Financial Pros” at Wichita Falls Independent School District can’t figure out how many employees they have. It’s been a mystery for eight years.
Judy Whittington, WFISD Budget Director, says:
“As a result, school budgeters have been using inaccurate numbers for probably the last eight years.”
Why doesn’t someone count the cancelled checks?
Texas Public Schools are awash in cash. If they’d apply the same discipline and diligence required of any legitimate business, they could educate every child for half the money. It’s being done right now in Oak Cliff.
According to a May 29, 2005 Dallas Morning News article Oak Cliff’s Bishop Dunne Catholic School opened in 1961. Over the intervening 40+ years, nothing much changed on campus. This year, it’s different. They’re breaking ground on a colossal $2.1 million dollar construction project. It’s a HUGE amount. It’s almost as much as Dallas ISD wasted on “Cultural Programs” as they had to fire classroom teachers.
How’s the school doing academically? Glad you asked.
According to the article, the schools demographics break down as 40% Hispanic, 30% Black, and 30% White. Forty percent of the students receive financial aid. Over the last six years, 100% of graduating seniors have been accepted to college. This year’s 47 seniors received $3.5 million in scholarships.
Not a bad return on the $2.1 million dollars in renovations the school expended over a 44-year period. If asked, I’ll wager that all of Dunne’s college bound graduates can identify a skyscraper.
Why do Dune’s students excel and Laredo’s fail?
Bill Cosby has identified the reason. In a June 21, 2005 World Net Daily article Dr. Cosby slammed words like “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” which he said are attached to minorities solely because of the color of their skin. It’s up to the parents and other elders in the community to erase those words.
I wish Dr. Cosby would visit Laredo.
Laredo ISD, the NEA, the TSTA and that misguided mother blame our children for their failures. Caring, committed, concerned, dedicated Educators prove them wrong every day of the year. They prove them wrong with all children, be they White, Black, Red, Yellow or Brown. The Bishop Dunne Catholic School is only one recent example of the type of education that’s available to all Texas children if parents are provided “The Power of The Purse.”
Texas Educrats and their unions can only operate through coercion. The only way they can maintain their monopoly is through obfuscation. Teacher’s Unions and the Educrats they serve are losing the education debate in America, and they’re losing it badly. That’s why they’ve launched this vapid lawsuit.
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