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Save Texas Schools March in Austin

Thousands march in Austin to save education funding

We march again in March.  Calling all parents - come to Austin on Saturday, March 24.  Join Save Texas Schools to push for good education for all Texas children.

Last March 13,000 people decended upon Austin.  They were there to protest the enormous budget cuts planned to all levels of education in Texas.  Although many lawmakers were expecting a teacher union protest, what they got was an overwhelming number of parents, students, grandparents and community volunteers.  Of the few good things to come from the budget crisis in 2011, one was that so many average citizens began paying attention to how the tax system in Texas works.

Now it's one year later, and the structural deficit in our tax system has not been fixed. 

 

DISD plans to raise the Student:Teacher ratio again

Two of the biggest cuts the DISD administration has been planning from the beginning of the year to make are:

"Wait a minute," you may say.  "Isn't there a state cap of 22:1?  How can they do this?"

 

US House Wants to Ax AP Testing Help for Low-Income Students

UPDATE 2-8-12:  Most of the Federal funding for Title I, Title II, and possibly AP funding has been restored via special legislation.  Title I and II funds were slated to be cut by 10% as part of the deafult cuts that were suppose to happen if Congress did not come up with a budget deal by their deadline.  They missed the deadline, but the Title I and II funds, plus potentially the AP funds, are being kept at about current levels. 

(Original posting)
Most of the students taking AP classes in DISD qualify for free or reduced lunch, and so quality for reduced testing fees.  When students have to register and pay for AP tests in March, this savings make the difference on whether or not many students can take an AP test.  This is especially true for students who want to take more than one.  The top performing AP programs in the district have many low-income students who take 3 or more AP tests in a year.  This would just not be possible without AP test fee subsidies.

 

Citizen's Budget Review Committee

Citizen's Budget Review CommissionThe Citizen's Budget Review Committee (CBRC, formerly the Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee) was formed in the Spring semester of 2011 in order to get input from the Dallas community on how best to deal with the enormous cuts being planned by the State Legislature for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.

The committee members spent hours pouring over massive DISD documents and learning how our huge District works.  Their meetings and many of the reports they saw are online at www.BudgetReview.org. Go to the "2010-2011 Documents" tab.

Below is info from this year's CBRC meetings. 

 

Save Texas Schools Conference IN DALLAS / FORT WORTH

12,000 parents, students and teachers march in AustinRemember back in March when almost 12,000 parents, students, grandparents, teachers, principals and other ordinary folk march on the Capital in Austin?  That was put together by Save Texas Schools.

Save Texas Schools is a grass roots, non-partisan organization that simply wants to see our legislators make Texas children and their education a priority.  Save Texas Schools is bringing their message to Dallas.

Friday night is FREE! Saturday is only $25, or $20 if you register in advance.  Family and KID FRIENDLY!  High school and college students are especially encouraged to join in.

 


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Overview of STAAR Testing

Old DISD Budget in Spreadsheet Form

OLD INFO - DISD Budget from 2009-2010

This tool was first posted in February 2011, before DISD decided how to make the cuts being handed down from the State.  The info is old, but you can play with it.  It's a good tool for learning how the DISD budget is built - General Ledger Budget in Excel 2007 Spreadsheet (as .zip file).
GOES WITH IT, Listing of Function & Object Codes used in the DISD Budget Spreadsheet - see pages 106-120. School campus codes are in the "Org" column, and anything over 699 is non-campus administration.

Go to the DISD's Citizen's Budget Review Committee site for current budget info.

• Budget Priorities Presentation, 3-1-11
• Budget Time-line Presentation, 3-1-11

 


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How is the $$ Spent?

All that money for public education. Haven't you wondered how it's spent? Here is a great video showing you. Where Does a Dollar Go? from Bill Roberson on Vimeo.