August 2008

Buying Nothing

So the new SAT scores are out. After increasing per-student spending more 40 percent since the mid-1990s, SAT scores are exactly where they stood then. It’s hard to know whose getting the worst deal, our kids or our taxpayers. To make matters worse, our SAT...

Readin’, Writin’ and Diaperin’

Yes, public schools should be mandated to teach math. And safety mandates for local schools make sense. But starting this year, legislators are making schools teach a parenting class to 9th graders. If you wonder why Johnny can’t read, it’s probably...

Watching Waste

Taxpayers in Houston paid for luxurious trinkets as city council members sought to use every penny of their “office holder” accounts rather than put the money back in the city’s general fund. The Houston Chronicle found thousands of dollars were...

Teed Off

Lubbock taxpayers should be a little teed. It seems the company which leases the city’s golf course hasn’t been paying rent, and no one will comment because it is “sensitive and classified information.” Since when did skipping out on the...

Dingus Doofus

West Texas is alight with anticipation that House Speaker Tom Craddick is going to be debating his November democratic party challenger, former Midland city council member Bill Dingus. Should be a good show. You gotta feel sorry for poor Dingus; a Democratic Party...

Quarter Million Dollar Man

This article is short and sweet folks, the Northside ISD school board knows that Bexar County residents don’t want their taxes raised but they don’t give a hoot. Northside ISD board members heard from citizens last night concerned about the impending tax increase...

Charitable Czar

Dallas’ homeless Czar is looking to increase the size of his kingdom with a $40 million expenditure. The Dallas Morning News is reporting on a plan that would construct up to 700 homes for the homeless. The price tag includes the cost of constructing the new...

Playing The Fiddle

An apologist for the failing school system called today, furious we’ve been picking on the tax-increasing, budget-busting ways of schools that aren’t producing results. The caller, an aide to a Republican state representative, said that “Dallas ISD...

Survey Says: Public Ed Stinks

A new poll from the University of Texas’ Government Department and the Texas Politics project finds Texans are underwhelmed by their public schools. The pollsters asked what Texans thought of the “quality of K-12 public school education.” Result: 49...