Local elections today: Cities' politi...

Local elections today: Cities' political makeup, school cuts at stake

There are 51 comments on the El Paso Times story from May 13, 2011, titled Local elections today: Cities' political makeup, school cuts at stake. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Canutillo school district superintendent Damon Murphy, center, uses a step ladder to urge people to exercise their right to vote in today's bond and tax ratification election in Canutillo.

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ohmygosh

El Paso, TX

#1 May 13, 2011
Part of our taxes will be used to upgrade facilities and convert to refrigerated air! Wow! When I was in school I was lucky to have a working swamp cooler and I did alright. I received a good education and love my job now, and it was all done with old facilities, non refrigerated air, etc.. All those things are just luxury! Vote NO!
Vote Yes

El Paso, TX

#2 May 13, 2011
Vote yes! Support our teachers. I totally agree - today is a historic day for our district. Support our community! Vote yes!
Dr Montelongo

Albuquerque, NM

#3 May 14, 2011
It is time for El Pasoans to do what is right for the Common Good!
There was a time in our country when we didn't always think about ourselves. We thought about what was good for others. John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address challenged his countrymen:

"Ask not what your country can do for you,
Ask what you can do for your country."

Do it for your neighbor, do it for the students, do it for you community and your country. Vote YES, YES, YES for the TRE and the bond!It is time to sacrifice. It is time to quit thinking about ourselves!
Dr Montelongo

Albuquerque, NM

#4 May 14, 2011
If taxpayers don't fund their schools, class sizes will go up. In California, where people have chosen to de-fund their schools, there are forty kids in some kindergartens. How do you explain to an innocent little child that the community has chosen to fire a caring teacher that can provide some much-needed attention and use that money to fund prisons and give tax cuts to the very, very, rich?

Hopefully, the people of the Canutillo district will stop thinking about themselves and vote YES on both the TRE and the bond issue.
Episd

El Paso, TX

#5 May 14, 2011
Dr Montelongo wrote:
If taxpayers don't fund their schools, class sizes will go up. In California, where people have chosen to de-fund their schools, there are forty kids in some kindergartens. How do you explain to an innocent little child that the community has chosen to fire a caring teacher that can provide some much-needed attention and use that money to fund prisons and give tax cuts to the very, very, rich?
Hopefully, the people of the Canutillo district will stop thinking about themselves and vote YES on both the TRE and the bond issue.
Bull S... Its for the children! when the school system starts to cut back and cut way back all the useless adminstrative jobs that get paid more than our teachers do, then I will work to vote for higher taxes. As long as my tax money continues to keep bandits like Dr. Garcia in office, in good conscience, I would not be able to vote for any kind of new taxes or bonds. People in Canutillo will have to make up their own minds, but if Canutillo school system is run anything like EPISD, vote NO on any new taxes or bonds. Before spending hard earned money on more corruption, lets get rid of the corrupt superintendents and corrup school board personnel. How many of those 40 kids in those California school rooms are legal and how many are illegal residents? If just one illegal child is getting a free education at the expence of a tax paying citizen, that is one too many that take away from our limited resources. The status quo can not remain the same or else it will just get worse not only in the Canutilo school district but also in the EPISD system. Vote wise and vote out all incumbents and get some new blood and new ideals instead of continuing to allow those now in power to line their pockets with their greed. Get out and vote, get informed of whome your voting for and make thngs better instead of worse.
Wabach

El Paso, TX

#6 May 14, 2011
I am a 2nd year teacher at CMS. I avoided the layoff by one year. But I certainly feel the pain of those who were cut already, and I fear that the 2nd year teachers are next. Please vote yes so we cam restore the 1st year teachers and stop the cuts.

Also, my classroom is too small. It is below the size of what a classroom should be for middle school. If this passes they are going to increase the sizes of the rooms on my end of the school. That's a big thumbs up!
Dr Montelongo

Albuquerque, NM

#7 May 14, 2011
Episd wrote:
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Bull S... Its for the children! when the school system starts to cut back and cut way back all the useless adminstrative jobs that get paid more than our teachers do, then I will work to vote for higher taxes. As long as my tax money continues to keep bandits like Dr. Garcia in office, in good conscience, I would not be able to vote for any kind of new taxes or bonds. People in Canutillo will have to make up their own minds, but if Canutillo school system is run anything like EPISD, vote NO on any new taxes or bonds. Before spending hard earned money on more corruption, lets get rid of the corrupt superintendents and corrup school board personnel. How many of those 40 kids in those California school rooms are legal and how many are illegal residents? If just one illegal child is getting a free education at the expence of a tax paying citizen, that is one too many that take away from our limited resources. The status quo can not remain the same or else it will just get worse not only in the Canutilo school district but also in the EPISD system. Vote wise and vote out all incumbents and get some new blood and new ideals instead of continuing to allow those now in power to line their pockets with their greed. Get out and vote, get informed of whome your voting for and make thngs better instead of worse.
The Canutillo ISD has no associate superintendents, it has only one person in charge of curriculum, it has no library director. It is running on a shoestring budget! You should direct your anger at the political party that is trying to take away our healthcare, our educational system, and other social program. The party that has put us into two unnecessary wars, wasted trillions on defenses, shipped our jobs overseas, and gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy is the one you should be angry about.
Vote YES on Canutillo bond and TRE!
Voting Abe Peinado

El Paso, TX

#8 May 14, 2011
Going to head out to Lincoln school to vote for Abe Peinado for city council. The best to you Abe.
Episd

El Paso, TX

#9 May 14, 2011
Dr Montelongo wrote:
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The Canutillo ISD has no associate superintendents, it has only one person in charge of curriculum, it has no library director. It is running on a shoestring budget! You should direct your anger at the political party that is trying to take away our healthcare, our educational system, and other social program. The party that has put us into two unnecessary wars, wasted trillions on defenses, shipped our jobs overseas, and gives huge tax cuts to the wealthy is the one you should be angry about.
Vote YES on Canutillo bond and TRE!
What are you? A proctologist, your sure full of it. This is not about wars or healthcare but the educational system that is broken. Throwing more and more money into the problem did not solve the problems, it just created more problems. No one including myself, wants teachers to suffer or lose their positions, but something has to be done to correct and upright the sinking ship. Maybe if Canutillo ISD would merge with one of the other districts, then some saving of money would be felt. IE two district superintendents, two of everything that deals with running a school distrit. How many school districts are in the El Paso do we deal with now, I think 9. That seems to mean 9 of everything to run 9 different functions, etc. etc. etc. This TRE and or bond issue not about helping our children, its about lining more pockets. Is there an injustice in the businness world and a different of pay between the CEO's and the working people, YES, but one step at a time. This is about the fraud and waste of money in the school districts of which EPISD is at the top of the ladder and CISD will follow if things do not change. VOTE NO
Socorro

El Paso, TX

#10 May 14, 2011
Murphy looks like a fun guy. Good for Canutillo.

Good luck also to our bond here in Socorro!
Dr Montelongo

Albuquerque, NM

#11 May 14, 2011
Episd wrote:
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What are you? A proctologist, your sure full of it. This is not about wars or healthcare but the educational system that is broken. Throwing more and more money into the problem did not solve the problems, it just created more problems. No one including myself, wants teachers to suffer or lose their positions, but something has to be done to correct and upright the sinking ship. Maybe if Canutillo ISD would merge with one of the other districts, then some saving of money would be felt. IE two district superintendents, two of everything that deals with running a school distrit. How many school districts are in the El Paso do we deal with now, I think 9. That seems to mean 9 of everything to run 9 different functions, etc. etc. etc. This TRE and or bond issue not about helping our children, its about lining more pockets. Is there an injustice in the businness world and a different of pay between the CEO's and the working people, YES, but one step at a time. This is about the fraud and waste of money in the school districts of which EPISD is at the top of the ladder and CISD will follow if things do not change. VOTE NO
People do not go into the educational profession to commit fraud or create waste. The state government is the one who mandates waste with the state tests. People like Neal Bush make millions off these tests. Bill Gates makes money off of every computer in the schools for Microsoft Office.
As for teachers making money off the schools. Over half of all teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years!
Just Vote

El Paso, TX

#12 May 14, 2011
Take the time out today to exercise your right to vote!
Bobby

El Paso, TX

#13 May 14, 2011
New people on city council and NO new taxes. We need fiscal responsibility.
Episd

El Paso, TX

#14 May 14, 2011
Dr Montelongo wrote:
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People do not go into the educational profession to commit fraud or create waste. The state government is the one who mandates waste with the state tests. People like Neal Bush make millions off these tests. Bill Gates makes money off of every computer in the schools for Microsoft Office.
As for teachers making money off the schools. Over half of all teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years!
I do not dispute one word your wrote. We all know that most teachers are doing a very hard job with some absolutely stupid rules and mandates. Very few people who actually work in a classroom are at fault. Everyone or most everyone understands the stupidity concerning the state tests, especially those who teach. The teachers have very little power to change the way things are as long as we continue to elect superintendents and school board members that support the state and federal mandates. There is no doubt that there is waste and fraud and under-the-table deals that mostly line the pockets of the Bushes and Bill Gates as well as those admin personnel that do the same. The more money we input into the school systems, that much money will be wasted or stolen from students and those that actually want to teach. Keep voting in the same old people and we will just continue to get the same old results. Not all adminstrators are crooked, but the ones with the power seem to be...I can not speak of what goes on in the CISD but as far as EPISD is concerned, it is time for a change, starting at the top where no one can support with actual accomplishments but there is an abudandant of proff that greed does take place. No ones seems to investiagate many things on many levels because of the many levels that protect each other at EPISD. IE: Vendor contracts, over excessive trainning personnel, assistant to the assistants all doing the same job, over crowding classrooms, most if not all, school adminstrators that do not provide teachers with help (Decipline matters) that prevent good teachers from teaching good students that want to be in class, while baby sitting those students that do not want to be in class.
Voting Today For

El Paso, TX

#15 May 14, 2011
Bobby wrote:
New people on city council and NO new taxes. We need fiscal responsibility.
Thats Abe Peinado!
Adrian

United States

#16 May 14, 2011
Don't Vote for Ann Morgan Lilly... This old hag is a communist socialist anti business in the most extreme way.
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#17 May 14, 2011
We need a change to the EPISD school Board to get rid of the most fraudulent superintendent we have every had. One who has legal children moved around to squew the tests. One who assaults his wife and does not get prosecuted because he has the power of finances over her life and the life of her children. One who hires or promotes to many people into the administration to get his own personal agenda taken care of. One who gets paid more money than any other superintendent in Town and wants more and more until the budget is busted by his greed.

IF you are content to keep the Status Quo, then vote for the incumbents, Otherwise throw then crooks out of office.
Kyle

El Paso, TX

#18 May 14, 2011
Year after year we tax people more and more, and we spend more and more on education, yet I haven't seen any real improvement. Let's try a new approach - NO more tax dollars, and instead - let's use the money we do have more wisely. Once we see that the students are better off - then we can talk about more money.

I don't feel like randomly tossing money out there will teach a student anything and neither has the over staffed 'administrative staff'.
Redo

El Paso, TX

#19 May 14, 2011
ohmygosh wrote:
Part of our taxes will be used to upgrade facilities and convert to refrigerated air! Wow! When I was in school I was lucky to have a working swamp cooler and I did alright. I received a good education and love my job now, and it was all done with old facilities, non refrigerated air, etc.. All those things are just luxury! Vote NO!
Congratulations. That is the most selfish attitude ever. No wonder our students are so hateful and rude. Look at their role models.
ohmygosh

El Paso, TX

#20 May 14, 2011
Safe your homes from foreclosure, if you vote yes, your monthly mortgage payments will sky rocket.. We don't need any more foreclosures, especially for those living pay check to pay check. Safe your homes, VOTE NO!!! School officials will have no other choice but to be responsible when it comes to spending, just like all of us tax payers..

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