Thursday, September 27, 2018

#TXLEGE: Necessary Guidelines for ANY increase in State Education funding

"Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need."
Ephesians 4:28

There's been a lot of talk recently about increasing state-level education spending in order to "buy down" local school taxes.  This is probably a good idea, and we support it in the abstract.  There are, however, some details we must secure to avoid unintended consequences.
  • (at least) 60% of all state-level funds MUST be spent on Classroom Instruction.

    That number should be a lot higher.  But 60% represents a win worth taking.  Nobody objects to paying teachers fairly, lots of people object to pouring more money into the bureaucracy.
  • No school district can pay its superintendent more than the state of Texas pays the Governor

    This will weed out the educrat careerists.

    There are also probably ways to further incentivize cost savings by coming up with a bonus system that falls outside this cap.
  • No bureaucrat can make more than TWICE the salary of the average teacher in the district

    This will further close the gap between teachers and bureaucrats.
  • BONUS: The Governor's teacher pay proposal

    It's a fantastic idea.  We fully support it. But it'll be very challenging to pass under the current system's incentive structure.  The steps listed above change that structure.
Bottom Line: This is absolutely a discussion worth having.  But details matter.  They matter a lot in this case.

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