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Letters for February 19 - The Eagle: Opinion

Letters for February 19

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Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:00 am

Texas schools can't afford budget cuts

Texas (Eagle, Feb. 16) ranks dead last in the percentage of adults with a high school diploma, near last (44th) in the amount of state and local money spent per student in public schools, last in high school graduation rates and 33rd in the average salary of public school teachers.

"We've earned a reputation as first in jails and last in schools . ... We're last in high school graduation rates," said state Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin. "The rest of the country is moving forward and Texas children are being left behind."

All this considered, the Texas legislators and our governor continue to make the educational system even worse by cutting school budgets and teacher salaries at a time when it is critical to improve the system.

Of course, our governor said "there are no sacred cows" -- except for his $10,000-per-month governor's residence.

ED WHITE

Bryan

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