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GO FOR A RUN IN THE RAIN!

This has been a hectic week for the Brewers. After a week of company we had to make a three hour drive last Sunday to watch an old and dear friend, Mr. Prentice Holder celebrate his 100th birthday Monday in Baytown Texas. We enjoyed visiting our daughter, Lisa and granddaughter, Emma before another three hour drive home Tuesday.

Rain has been our constant companion this month and Wednesday morning I went fishing with John Sommers and it started a light rain and he asked me if I was ready to go in and I said no. Less than five minutes later the rain was so heavy you could not see 50 feet and we raced through the rain to my boat house and got soaked. During the trip back the rain was painful hitting our faces and when we got inside the boat house we both had a long laugh.

Fishing was terrible as the lake is above full and the water is muddy. So far this month we have had over 17.5 inches of rain, golf was near impossible, as I said fishing was no good and we had over 7 inches of rain just this week. When I got up this morning I was tired and a little despondent with the exception of a wonderful birthday party and a chance to see our siblings, this week was a bummer.

So I decided to take some time to read some 200 E messages that I received in the last two days and thankfully found the following message from my friends, Mike & Emma Cobb. Reading the story below made me realize how lucky I am to still just be alive.

It made me remember the events in my life with children and how fragile and inquisitive they can be. In addition to having 44 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, I have a 10 year old pen-pal in Pennsylvania, Miss Emily Perser.   

I have no idea who wrote this message or if it is actually true. It did impact me to share this with as many people as possible and it put a smile back on my old wrinkled face. I hope you will smile, remember your events with children and have a wonderful day. The sun just came out here for the first time in five days, what a happy event. C Brewer  

A MOM RESPONDS TO HER DAUGHTER.

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of Wal-Mart.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ She said.

‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain….’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?

”Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!

The entire crowd stopped dead silent… I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain… We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD lets us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran.

We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Send this to the people you’ll never forget and remember to also send it to the person who sent it to you. It’s a short message to let them know that you’ll never forget them.

If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you’re in a hurry.

Take the time to live!!!

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other and don’t forget to run in the rain!

Thanks Mike & Emma, you made my day!  CB

HOW OBAMA SHARES YOUR WEALTH!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SPRING BREAK NEWS.

Thousands of American teenagers scheduled tours of the White House on their spring break this year. Unfortunately the President abruptly cancelled all White Hours tours as the government could not afford the costs. Without a doubt this was the meanest abuse of power by a politician in my 82 years of life. With no way to reschedule or receive refunds Obama ruined a spring vacation to observe American history for these kids.

Now that he can’t be re-elected, he can extend his reign of misery for most Americans, including children of the people who re-elected him “Emperor” of the Universe, or that’s what he believes he is.

President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are spending their spring break from school in the Bahamas. The luxury of your tax money was supported by a rash of opinions ranging from comments that the girls need to relax due to all the stress of being in the White House to other comments that were extremely critical of the young girls being on such a costly trip when the nation’s economy is dealing with a severe budget crisis which has forced Obama to close the White House to public tours.

Let me refresh your memory of Malia’s spring break last year. Judicial Watch had to file suit to obtain this information as the White House fought to keep this from public view. They will do the same this year for sure.

Take a look at the following expenses of the March 2012 trip.

Ground transportation: $23,964.81

Lodging: $21,682.92

Airfare: $47,767.34

“Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)

Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)

Total $115,500.87 plus the expenses and salaries for 25 Secret Service agents, but who cares?

This 2012 spring break trip erupted in controversy after the Obama White House ordered the removal of press reports detailing the trip. On March 19,2012, numerous online press outlets reported that the president’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia, was on a Spring Break trip to Mexico accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service Agents and as many as 12 of her friends. However, shortly after the press reports surfaced they were quickly removed from the Internet. The trip took place shortly after the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statement advising students on Spring Break “to avoid Mexico.”

Last year the President of Judicial Watch, Tom Finton, asked “In these economic times, with huge public debt and high unemployment, spending taxpayer funds on a Spring Break trip to Mexico is inappropriate.  Is this what Americans are being asked to pay higher taxes for?”

The National media still refuses to report these luxurious waste of our tax payer’s money for both the Executive, Congressional and Judicial branches of our government, why? With the debts our nation faces, there is no justification for these vacations and ego trips like Biden’s recent trip to London and Paris, I recently reported.

The taxpayers owe a debt of gratitude to organizations like Judicial Watch for climbing these legal walls of secrecy that we have permitted the government to erect.

President Obama,  do what you promised the American people, “Tear down these walls”. With some hard work you can climb one notch above Jimmy Carter and be the second worst President in my lifetime.

Clyde Brewer 3-30-13

MAYBE IT REALLY IS TIME TO CHANGE – PART TWO!

Earlier this week I posted an article that proposed that the United States change our election laws and let our Congress elect our Presidents. We could  lock them up until they agree to a simple majority and use the black and white smoke to announce they had reached a choice. State Legislatures could select our Senators and members of the House of Representatives to save even more money.

I related that this is the method used by the College of Cardinals to elect a new Pope for the Catholic Church as has been done for centuries. This conclave commenced Tuesday in Rome and within 24 hours we have a new Pope. This is the first Pope chosen from the America’s in history. What organization, discipline and results for an organization of over 1.1 million.

Can you possibly imagine how many trillions of dollars we could save with this method of selecting our leaders? All of the Community Organizing groups like ACORN would be unnecessary. Each state could manage their elections without need for central government intervention or the Black Panthers to intimidate voters. Dead people in Illinois could only vote for their statewide candidates instead of the President. They could even vote for the array of state officials currently serving prison sentences for rigging elections and monitory kickbacks. All the costs of managing thousands of polling places would be  local elections. Elections for everyone would be every two years and a one term limit for every elected official from Constable to President would eliminate tenure and politics as a profession.

When the Congress is “SEQUESTERED”  with only one task to elect a President, they will likely be replaced every two years and never be able to screw up and increase the size of our central government. Government employees would not need to be unionized as they would perform their work to strictly controlled procedures approved and required by law. If they fail to comply they would be replaced. Sound familiar, this is exactly how managers and employees are required to perform in the private sector. 

Just thinking of all of the advantages is exciting and with inputs from others expected, it may take a while to complete this one challenge. Locking Congress up until they elect a president has endless opportunities to stop the spending binge. Just think, they have been unable to even produce a budget in over four years that is required by the law. If we went four years without a President the costs savings would be out of sight.

Air force One could be retired, we could rent out the White House or make it a Museum. We could sell Camp David or operate it as a campground. There would be no one for the Secret Service to protect and they could go back to protect the whore house in Columbia. Tiger Woods would have to find someone else to play golf with. It is mind boggling how many unnecessary things could be eliminated.

Congress could be responsible for the EPA and if they are locked up no unnecessary regulations could be issued. Better than that the EPA, Department of Energy, Department of Education could be totally eliminated and let the states provide these services as they did before these bureaucracies were created. My mind is racing so fast I will end this report to let me  investigate more ways to force our government to function without a deficit like we the people have to do.  

C Brewer

WHO PAYS FOR OUR DEBT?

The Doorbell

“PowerLineBlog” recently held a competition for $100,000 for whomever could most effectively and creatively dramatize the significance of the federal debt crisis. Several entries have gotten a lot of attention, but the one that has gone most viral so far is ‘The Doorbell.’ If you haven’t yet seen it, you may watch it here. It’s 59 seconds long:

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IMMATURE or JUST STUPIDITY?

 

That is my question for the day. I do not know how others might feel or how much intelligence some might possess. I do know that I have had the opportunity to visit several middle-eastern countries in my lifetime.

Watching the interviews today with one of the American students that was recently under arrest in Egypt and his mother leaves me with a feeling that sanity is doubtful at best. Any American parent that would allow their children to just visit Egypt, in its time of turmoil, has serious mental problems.

Even our President and his loyal band of brain dead Congressional socialist have acknowledged that children should be under parental control until they are twenty six years old. These same socialist were the ones who lowered the voting age to eighteen some years ago. That is the only way they can get elected when coupled with the millions we have on welfare.

You might expect a teenager to get involved with an insurrection as an exchange student because their brains have yet to mature. If these boys did get carried away with the thirst for freedom in Egypt, it is a shame they were not home where the same attack on freedoms is in full bloom. I suspect their parents are democrats and supporters of the Occupy Wall Street debacle, or part of it. If they had been home, they would probably support anything that got them attention.

I hope I live long enough to see the buffoons we have leading our people today in the unemployment lines, begging for food. The lies and distortions that the media uses to poison people’s minds with today is utterly insane. They have actually distorted facts for so long that they even believe their own garbage.

To any parent with a brain, now is not the time to send your kids anywhere that hates Americans. Let your kids do the sit-ins here and you go to Egypt to help these poor souls destroy themselves. Maybe you can be more convincing than Obama and the US State Department that threw their President under the bus.

Obama, his cabinet and Congressional democrats could not lead us out of a paper sack with one end of it open.

C Brewer

REMEMBER WHO DESTROYED AMERICA’s FUTURE

 STILL BUSH’S FAULT, huh????I don’t understand WHY the republicans running for office don’t say this in their ads!!The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009 it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, the start of the 110th Congress. The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over theSenate and the Congress:

The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%

The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS OF GROWTH.

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

Thank the democratic Congress for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment to this CRISIS by dumping 5-6 TRILLIOn Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiasco’s! (Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001, because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy, but no one was listening).

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac?

OBAMA.

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie???

OBAMA and the Democratic Congress.

So when someone tries to blame Bush…

REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!” Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving. Set the record straight on Bush!

So, as you listen to all the commercials and media from the

Democrats who are now distancing themselves from their voting record and their party, remember how they didn’t listen to you when you said you didn’t want all the bailouts, you didn’t want the health care bill, you didn’t want cap and trade, you didn’t want them to continue spending money we don’t have.

I don’t know about you but my 401K has suffered enough of Obama’s “Change”. Facts are facts and I’m not forgetting their complicity in getting us into this mess, and I’ll be marking my vote accordingly!  CB

Thanks, Jack Peck, for reminding me.

SAVE FOR THE FUTURE, WHY?

 

My father lost all of his savings when the banks failed in the 1930’s. Never the less he taught me to aim my sights on saving for my future. There was no social security when I was born in 1930. I got my card in 1938 when I helped a blind man in a news stand at 8 years old. Americans then and now who planned for social security to provide their retirement income are mentally imbalanced.

We did not have much when I grew up but neither did our neighbors. It took me most of my life to accumulate enough savings to retire in 1994 and I have deeply enjoyed my last 17+ years. When the economy in 2008/2009 tanked it wiped out some 30% of my savings. When the second wave hit a few weeks ago I had been able to regain about 80% of my losses and the axe fell again.

Having more than my share of children and grand children to advise like my father, I also urged them to avoid some of the bells and whistles and save for their future. Nothing could be worse for me than have to rely on my heirs to get me through old age. I imagine I am not alone in my feelings. I never had to support my parents and they made it to 83 and 94 by themselves. My dad never owned his own home or a plot of land but he was happy. When my mother died at 94 she has enough resources to cover her funeral with little to spare. No one ever left me anything and nothing was expected.

When the economic downturn came I got calls from my children for advice on protecting their savings as some had followed my advice. They were aware that my savings had been depleted and expected council on what to do.

Looking back on traveling all over the world to be successful, including over 2500 nights in hotels the last ten years I worked. This work was in 32 countries and 49 states and countless flights from 9 to 16 hours in the air. I have suddenly decided my decision to provide for my retirement was possibly flawed. In addition to losing some 25% of my savings value, inflation has diminished my buying power significantly. Why?

I go to the grocery store and stand behind fully able people use food stamps, yet they have I phones, nice clothes, a decent car and usually with a handicapped parking permit. I have paid income taxes all of my life to support their lifestyles. Why?

I watch my children scrape by to make sure their kids get more education by borrowing and I have helped some of my grand children get student loans as a co-signer. Then I study how Pell grants and reduced tuition is available for those who will not work and a President and many in Congress who are proposing that the government pay to educate illegal aliens for a path to citizenship. Why?

I do not know how other successful Americans feel about busting their buns to share the wealth but I am mad as hell. Watching the politicians discover new ways to rob us of our savings to support people who won’t work is not the American dream I told my kids to seek.

I feel that our Congress and President have an obligation to serve all Americans. They pamper the very people that keep them in power by buying their votes. They spend more money finding dead people to vote for them than they do to actually help anybody.

I suppose I should tell my family to just spend all you have and when you are out of money the government will take care of you. Kids get free meals, families get free food stamps, free healthcare and free education if you do not have any resources. If this is the American way then I am glad my days are nearly over. The progressives have ruined this great country and the majority of the people really do not even care. Why? There is no longer the incentive to be successful as Washington will find a way to take your savings one way or another. Why should anyone save for the future if they have to share with those who refuse to even try to be successful? Home ownership savings have been destroyed for the next several generations by greedy politicians.

I encourage anyone to challenge my positions with facts. I hope someone out there can tell me what to tell my children about investing for their future. My good friend, Tadpole, told me to invest in gold. Those who put their life savings in gold will have their savings wiped out; it’s just a matter of time. The people will awaken someday and demand that Congress and the President stop the ill fated path to a Socialist Democracy. Decent people will always hopefully desire to have a better life without using someone else’s money.

C Brewer

EDUCATION TEXAS- IS TOP DOWN THE ANSWER?

 

Recently I read an article on chron.com, headed “Texas Politics” that got my attention. This article announced that a diverse group of Texas business, philanthropic and community leaders have formed a group named the “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education”. It was described as a “nonpartisan group” of more than 200 founding members, innovators, job creators, former office holders and education advocates. Their mission was for Texas to lead the nation in higher education. It noted that this was done in support of governance proposed by Rick Perry.

The article went on to say that they were alarmed about the cuts in funding of research and professors. It was predicted as a prescription for mediocrity for Texas. I commend this group of concerned citizens for forming this movement.

It is a shame that our Governor, the legislature, these distinguished business leaders and scholars have no time or desire to improve our K-12 basic education. With all of the interest in higher education Texas has decimated the primary education programs. With no facts to support the spending of billions of dollars by adding more testing in lieu of discipline and better teachers is idiotic at best. Adding additional math and science courses with no foundation or preparation will be another disaster. Creating new testing programs appear designed as a way to evaluate teachers rather than improve our children’s knowledge.

We can’t afford to downgrade education in Texas as our current standing in 43rd place out of 50 states in K-12 schools is unacceptable. Testing does not improve knowledge, teachers do.

This new higher education drive does not even follow the laws of nature. To get an pecan tree we plant, water andFertilize a pecan. We do not wait until it reaches adult life to nourish its growth.

Most of the people who formed this new group, our academics, legislators, business leaders and Governor Perry were educated in another era like myself. We did not have discipline problems, aliens, and a welfare society to distract K-12 education. We also had fewer one parent children and parents who shared education responsibilities. Now we expect a teacher in K-12, who is responsible to teach, to also provide nurturing and discipline that is a parental obligation. Teachers spend an enormous amount of time defending their actions with parents.

Common sense will prevail that not every teacher is perfect and some will need guidance and some removed from education. If anyone believes that every K-12 child is 100% angel, they need an awakening. Our Texas leaders have decided, without any facts that the solution will be to use outside testing agencies to evaluate teacher and administrator performance.

We now live in a technological era where the entire problem could be isolated and corrected at a fraction of the costs of the STAAR testing program.

All that needs to be done is to install a digital sound camera in every classroom, office and board room from kindergarten to graduate school. This would provide the facts necessary to know exactly what to do to improve education at every level. This would pinpoint teacher, administrator, student and school board performance evaluation. Parents could witness discipline problems; administrators could review teacher performance; school boards could evaluate administrators and the state could evaluate school boards. This is what a business would do if their costs keep increasing and the performance diminished. Doing the right thing right, every time, is called success and common sense. Unfortunately politicians have little business or common sense.

How many teachers, administrators, school boards, university/college professors and trustees will fight these suggestions? All of them will. Unfortunately politicians will just ignore them.

Hoping that a child will be smarter with testing, so the professors in college task will be easier is a pipe dream. From my perspective our leadership in Texas has their education priorities bassackwards. Pardon my east Texas vocabulary.

Clyde Brewer

EDUCATION TEXAS- HELPING TEACHERS HELP THEMSELVES

 

 

 

I just read an interesting article in the NY Times, by Michael Winerip that makes more sense than anything I have ever seen regarding teacher improvement. I would like to paraphrase some of the highlights to share with others.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Public School system has a program for evaluating teachers that is the closest thing to common sense I have ever seen. They provide teachers professional support if they are performing poorly and dismiss those who can’t or won’t improve.

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) uses successful teachers to mentor new teachers as well as veterans having problems. If unsuccessful, the PAR panel — made up of eight teachers and eight principals — can vote to fire the teacher. 

In one recent case, 11 of the 12 panel members present voted to follow a principal’s recommendation and discipline the teacher; in  a second case, they decided in a 10-to-2 vote to reject a principal’s recommendation and support the teacher.

Since the PAR concept was introduced 11 years ago, 200 teachers have been dismissed, and 300 chose to leave rather than go through the PAR process. The superintendent of the Montgomery County system, which enrolls 145,000 students, stated that in the ten years before PAR five teachers were fired. “It took three to five years to build the trust to get PAR in place,” he explained. “Teachers had to see we weren’t playing gotcha.”

Maryland’s state superintendent of schools stated that PAR was an excellent system for professional development. The United States Department of Education has studied the program, and Montgomery County officials have gone to Washington to explain how it works.

Unfortunately, federal dollars from the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program are not going where they need to go. Montgomery County schools were entitled to $12 million from Race to the Top, but the superintendent said he would not take the money because the grant required districts to include students’ state test results as a measure of teacher quality. He does not believe the tests are reliable. He said. “You don’t want to turn your system into a test factory.” This is exactly what Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature are imposing on our teachers, which are not only sad, but a big waste of money. Sadly everyone is ignoring the students.

Race to the Top was designed to improve our student’s education by improving teacher quality. That is exactly what Montgomery County is doing. Sad to say, the district is getting the right results the wrong way. Common sense moved out of Washington D.C. and now it is moving out of Austin Texas.

84 percent of Montgomery County students go on to college and 63 percent receives degrees. This is what President Obama said was a true measure of academic success. 2.5 percent of all black children in America who pass an Advanced Placement test live in Montgomery County, more than five times its share of the nation’s black population.

12 states that were awarded the billions of dollars in Race to the Top grants are using student scores as a measure of teachers’ worth. The US Department of Education appears gratified that Race to the Top money has pressured states to adopt this senseless approach to measure anything. The Maryland state superintendent said the administration made it clear that if a state wanted to win a grant, the proposal had to include a formula for calculating student growth. Maryland toed the line and was awarded $250 million.

The state requested an exception for Montgomery because of the PAR program’s history of success and was told that no modifications were allowed. Districts are not permitted to appeal to federal officials, said the director of the Implementation and Support Unit at the U.S. Department of Education.

So, Montgomery’s PAR program, which has worked beautifully for 11 years, is not acceptable. But the Maryland plan — which does not exist yet — meets federal standards. This is irresponsible leadership and a waste of education funding. Who loses the students?

The major fallacy of Race to the Top’s teacher-evaluation system is that it is being imposed from above rather than being developed by the teachers and administrators who will use it. People don’t tear down what they help build.

Governor Perry and the hand full of legislators who are micromanaging Texas education should visit a PAR meeting. That would be a common sense approach, long ago ignored by politicians.

Clyde Brewer

EDUCATION- IS THE TAXPAYER RESPONSIBLE FOR FRILLS?

 

I just read an article in today’s (5-25-11) Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that every tax payer in America should read; “Public Schools Charge Kids for Basics, Frills” by Stephanie Simon. I personally have some problems with every fact exposed, but I find some refreshing ways to even the burden on what I feel are pure frills. The facts I use are quoted from this article. 

Fact; “After adjusting for inflation, average spending per pupil has increased 44% over the past two decades, according to the U.S. Department of Education.” The WSJ article states; “The average salary for a public school teacher nationally has jumped 26% since 2001, though that growth didn’t quite keep pace with inflation.”

For the past few weeks I have posted many articles about education and it appears that Public Schools across America are facing significant reductions in state funding for education. Increasing personnel costs and lower tax revenues are shifting costs to students and their parents by new and increased fees in several parts of the country.

Some public schools have charged for extras such as driver’s education and field trips. Many school districts are now charging for supplies needed to take core classes. In some schools each class has a price tag. One interesting area that should get some specific attention is the costs of sports and other non-core education subjects like band, debate, drama, arts etc.

Some examples extracted from the WSJ article; Fees in Medina, Ohio of $200 for Band, $200 for Concert Choir, $50 to act in a school play and $660 to participate in a high school sport; A 52% increase this year in the Blue Valley ISD in Overland Park Kansas for enrollment and supplies that are typically $235; Next year the Wheaton (Illinois) North High School will charge $221 for baseline registration, $150 for each sport and class fees as much as $50 each. In addition Medina charges $75 for generic school fees, $118.50 for materials used in Biology, physics and other academic courses and $263 for Advanced Placement Exams. Other non-core cost examples included in the article were parking, struggling readers, advanced math, foreign languages and Chess Club.

All American children should receive a tax supported core public education that I had many years ago. The general public seems to agree that this is an American value. Each state has a constitutional requirement to educate our children, but it appears that the variables are significant from state to state. Each state should define “suitable” or “adequate” education that is to be funded with public money. If you feel that charging special fees like the examples included, then contact your State Representative or Senator.

I urge my state, Texas, to call a special legislative session, to define the tax payer’s education responsibilities. They should also force smaller school districts to consolidate. 1265 different school districts is an irresponsible legislative oversight to control spending. School boards refuse to consolidate because they are forced to give up sport nicknames such as “Bulldogs”, etc. This is as asinine as the ego trip for some to attain power of serving on a School Board. If a local school district desires extra benefits involving sports, academic enhancements, clubs etc., let them fund it with local tax increases.

It is time for the people to stand up and force the legislatures to do their job with fiscal responsibility. We have 254 counties and only two have County School Superintendents, Dallas and Harris counties, why? The State of Texas “IS” responsible for every child to receive the same educational opportunity. When will the Governor and Legislature stop blaming the local school boards and make sure all Texas children have equal and adequate opportunities?  

If you agree then pass this around, I would appreciate your comments.

CB

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