The Texas education system is not the best when it comes to educating, especially in the bigger school districts and as such, these districts face a host of problems, which range from budgets, teacher retention and academic failures.
While state lawmakers are considering ways to improve the education system, teachers are walking out at alarming rates, overcrowding is continuing to be a problem and budgets are the blame for all of the above.
Unions are playing a bigger role in the failure of the educational system in Texas, but you can’t get them to admit that. Education, not just in Texas, but around the country has been unionized and that leaves students at a disadvantage.
Over 600 school districts around the state is suing the state for cutting over $5 billion from their budgets two years ago. This legislative session shows some promise of restoring those funds, but lawmakers are taking their own sweet time getting there. It would be a smart move to wait on the outcome of the lawsuit.
While lawmakers are dragging their feet, Texas education unions are losing teachers, basically because of budget restraints, but mostly due to a standardized system that fails to teach, but prep for standardized tests and it don’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers reports, so far this year, more than 300 teachers have either resigned, moved on, or simply walked out. Fallon is worried about a teacher shortage, especially when the Houston area is experiencing a population growth, which leads to overcrowded classroom and an increasing academic failure rate that’s turning eyes, not just around the state, but the country as well(kuhf.org).
Needless to say, when state lawmakers voted to ‘increase their monthly staff budget by $1,325 – from $11,925 to $13,250,' well ahead of any consideration on behalf of restoring the $5 billion to the school districts, this didn’t go over too well for the teachers unions.
Linda Bridges, Texas American Federation of Teachers had this to say about that, "we hope they take this view when looking at public education funding in the session ahead(chron.com)."
Realistically speaking, unions have ruined everything they’ve touched. Should Texas continue to fund failures of independent school districts(realitytexas)?