Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The real reason for the 65% rule

From this Austin American-Statesman story comes the real reason Gov. Goodhair is pushing for a 65% spending rule. It comes from an organization called First Class Education, which has paid for commercials to run in several states. The Statesman also obtained a copy of a First Class Education memo which states the group also hopes the rule will "create rivalries between teachers and administrators while boosting Republican credibility on education issues"

Nowhere in the memo does it say anything about actually improving education for kids. Those of you who read by blog know that I feel the Republicans don't give a damn about kids and their real purpose is to destroy public education so their friends like the McGraws and Chris Whittle can make big bucks at the public trough.

Funny how athletics are considered "instructional" when it comes to the 65% rule but librarians aren't. The Republicans know it would be political suicide to cause school districts to give up their football teams.

4 comments:

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Duuuuuuude, you're talking about Texas here. Axe football? Might as well axe mama. Librarians only count when they leave the profession to marry dim bulbs who have political connections....

NYC Educator said...

It's unbelievable what Republicans get away with. Great post, and here's hoping enough of your peers agree with you enough to defeat this Trojan horse.

Polski3 said...

Know Thy Enemy! Anyway to get some politicing done and ADD Librarians to the formula? Seems like the parents could put some pressure on their elected officials......

Mike in Texas said...

Polski,

Here in Texas football is king. Many parents would rather give up actually having their kids educated before give up football.

There are many articles coming out now showing how the 65% rule and defination will create a perverse incentive for schools to increase their spending on athletics since it counts as instruction.