EPISD delays action: Plan to close schools vehemently opposed

Full story: El Paso Times

Kimberly McDonald, PTA President and Schuster mom, becomes emotional as she pleads with the EPISD board to not close their school.

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I am appalled by the number of negative posts on this article. I am the mother of two EPISD students. They receive quality education at Schuster. The school has met EVERY requirement needed to stay open. It is an excellent school. Keeping it open saves jobs and allows students the ability to be taught as they should be: in small class settings. It's an open campus: any student can register at Schuster no matter where you live.
As for people who complain about taxes and schools.... Read the studies that show that areas with good, strong, healthy schools are areas with higher property values. Countries that don't value education are falling behind in this world. Don't be ignorant. Educate yourself and learn about the connection between taking care of our children, their education and a healthy community.
No one said these were crappy schools. The are underpopulated and the district must cut the budget. Your kids need to go to other schools with the same class sizes as all other public schools OR you can send them to private school.
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I was at that meeting and the number of Mexicants there was amazing!
Good Luck, El Paso! Those people and their kind will drive you bankrupt. Just the same as California. Arizona is trying really hard to get the immigration problem under control. Texas needs to follow in their steps.
Close those schools. The people of that community don't have any money. That is why they want yours and mine.
87% of El Paso's population is Hispanic, so of course there was a number of "Mexicants" at the meeting stupid.
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The school board needs to grow a pair and ignore the crybabies. Just close the schools.
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87% of El Paso's population is Hispanic, so of course there was a number of "Mexicants" at the meeting stupid.
umm no the majority of Shuster people were Anglo your talking about Zavala...you could tell the difference not to be mean but one school had signs in English and one had signs in Spanish just saying so you could tell who was from what school
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Everyone is worried about 500-600 students at two schools, but not worried about the thousands of gifted and talented students whose funding is being cut. The news mentioned it in passing, but it is the bigger issue of the two problems. News didn't state how or where cuts were going to be, or how it would impact those students.

Shame on El Paso Times and the TV news people for not picking up on this issue the same as two school closings.
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87% of El Paso's population is Hispanic, so of course there was a number of "Mexicants" at the meeting stupid.
i was at the meeting and It was sad that no one from Zavala spoke up to defend the school , it was all Shuster parents and even the kids spoke up, I guess Zavala doesnt care
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<quoted text>umm no the majority of Shuster people were Anglo your talking about Zavala...you could tell the difference not to be mean but one school had signs in English and one had signs in Spanish just saying so you could tell who was from what school
I wasn't talking about any school; I was responding to someone else's post that said look at the number of "mexicants".....at the board meeting.
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Notice Times didn't report on how EPISD is making up the weather closed days either. They need an article that talked about all the issues relevant to the public,, not just about two "possible" school closures that only affected less than 600 students.
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Notice Times didn't report on how EPISD is making up the weather closed days either. They need an article that talked about all the issues relevant to the public,, not just about two "possible" school closures that only affected less than 600 students.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_17453048...
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Parents are now complaining about classroom sizes..these are the same parents who probably voted "no" on the TRE or didn't vote at all..Regardless about you feel about Garcia, it's all this political bs that is hurting the schools and the students.
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Susan wrote:
I am appalled by the number of negative posts on this article. I am the mother of two EPISD students. They receive quality education at Schuster. The school has met EVERY requirement needed to stay open. It is an excellent school. Keeping it open saves jobs and allows students the ability to be taught as they should be: in small class settings. It's an open campus: any student can register at Schuster no matter where you live.
As for people who complain about taxes and schools.... Read the studies that show that areas with good, strong, healthy schools are areas with higher property values. Countries that don't value education are falling behind in this world. Don't be ignorant. Educate yourself and learn about the connection between taking care of our children, their education and a healthy community.
O.K... What is your solution to closing the budget gap left over from this Texas Miracle as Perry would say? Schools that have less students than required are closing all over the nation. Do you suggest that taxes rise again to support schools that don't have enough students to stay open? Maybe you should suggest that those people using this school pay more to keep it open and not put the burden on the rest of the Tax payers. The money tree in El Paso is not bearing any more fruit and it is time to bring all budgets back into balance without any more tax increases.
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Get ready for the tax increase!!
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read on wrote:
Thanks. When I went to the education section, I didn't see anything there.
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It's all for the children right?

This Dumocrat town can blow millions on roundabout roads and fancy lamposts downtown and beefing up the city busses that don't have anybody on them, but the first thing they go after is the kids??????

Shameful.

Yet your property taxes that go to the public schools keeps going UP, UP, UP?

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING MAYOR CROOK????????
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The pain could be reduced while achieving cost reductions. Sometimes when new schools are opened, the full student population is phased in. Ninth grade only the first year, ninth and tenth the next year, etc. Why not reverse the process for closing? No kindergarten next year, no kindergarten and first grade the next year, etc. That way any child currently attending the school would be able to finish out there.
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Ur Solution wrote:
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O.K... What is your solution to closing the budget gap left over from this Texas Miracle as Perry would say? Schools that have less students than required are closing all over the nation. Do you suggest that taxes rise again to support schools that don't have enough students to stay open? Maybe you should suggest that those people using this school pay more to keep it open and not put the burden on the rest of the Tax payers. The money tree in El Paso is not bearing any more fruit and it is time to bring all budgets back into balance without any more tax increases.
How about cutting the teachers union free medical care?
Private citizens pay for their own healthcare if they want it, why can't the teachers?

How about cutting the teachers union free pension?
Private citizens pay for their retirement, why can't the teachers unions?

How about cutting the teachers unions dues to the unions and using that money to pay to keep the schools open?
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O.K... What is your solution to closing the budget gap left over from this Texas Miracle as Perry would say? Schools that have less students than required are closing all over the nation. Do you suggest that taxes rise again to support schools that don't have enough students to stay open? Maybe you should suggest that those people using this school pay more to keep it open and not put the burden on the rest of the Tax payers. The money tree in El Paso is not bearing any more fruit and it is time to bring all budgets back into balance without any more tax increases.
How about kicking out all the illegal alien children getting a free education off of taxpayers backs?

That could save millions.
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O.K... What is your solution to closing the budget gap left over from this Texas Miracle as Perry would say? Schools that have less students than required are closing all over the nation. Do you suggest that taxes rise again to support schools that don't have enough students to stay open? Maybe you should suggest that those people using this school pay more to keep it open and not put the burden on the rest of the Tax payers. The money tree in El Paso is not bearing any more fruit and it is time to bring all budgets back into balance without any more tax increases.
Hey I know, lets spend $120 Million on a lightrail system to bring all those people back and forth from Juarez to El Paso....maybe even some of the violence too........Huh??????

Now that's what I'm talkin bout!!!!!
Now that's planning!!!!!!
Now that's VISION!!!!!!!

These DUMOCRATS are going to be the death of this town yet!!!!!

http://shapleigh.org/news/3856-juarez-mayor-l...
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GT Advocate wrote:
Everyone is worried about 500-600 students at two schools, but not worried about the thousands of gifted and talented students whose funding is being cut. The news mentioned it in passing, but it is the bigger issue of the two problems. News didn't state how or where cuts were going to be, or how it would impact those students.
Shame on El Paso Times and the TV news people for not picking up on this issue the same as two school closings.
I saw forget about these GT kids since they already know enough to pass the TAKS. Why should they get special treatment? We need to focus on those who can't read and who need special assistance.
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Susan wrote:
I am appalled by the number of negative posts on this article. I am the mother of two EPISD students. They receive quality education at Schuster. The school has met EVERY requirement needed to stay open. It is an excellent school. Keeping it open saves jobs and allows students the ability to be taught as they should be: in small class settings. It's an open campus: any student can register at Schuster no matter where you live.
As for people who complain about taxes and schools.... Read the studies that show that areas with good, strong, healthy schools are areas with higher property values. Countries that don't value education are falling behind in this world. Don't be ignorant. Educate yourself and learn about the connection between taking care of our children, their education and a healthy community.
Maybe the city of El Paso should spend the money on a mass transit system instead of schools don't you think?
Makes sense to me.

Study Underway For Rapid Bus Transit SystemCost of Mass Transportation Project Estimated at $100 Million
http://www.kvia.com/news/23184871/detail.html

It's all for the children of course.
Sarcasm is great isn't it?

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