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Our schools: No furloughs, pay cuts in future, school dis...

What you are referring to is economies of scale where there are decreasing costs as the size grows as in this case the district. But studies have shown that school districts can get too big thus creating diseconomies of scale where there is rising costs from the size increase. In some areas of the US they have looked into splitting districts for this reason and done so. Your solution, I believe, is somewhere in between.  (Jun 19, 2011 | post #48)

El Paso Times

Our schools: No furloughs, pay cuts in future, school dis...

I agree. I have known too many who get into education want to teach a minimum of years, get a supervisory position, coaching position, or administration position. Too many have told me they don't want to be in the classroom or go back to the classroom. They view teachers who want to be in the classroom as somehow less then them, yet these are the people who make the direct difference. This is where our money should be. I can give you several examples of these people who create havoc in the system. One is a math facilitator, two now assistant principals (one of which is a problem at EPHS), etc. They taught an average of 3 years, wanted the power and money instead. Those who are "old school" and want to be in classroom are treated as somehow 'inferior'. Now I admire administrators who do make a difference and paid their dues and care what happens, not the ones who are in it for different reasons. The upside down system is to blame.  (Jun 18, 2011 | post #24)

El Paso Times

Our schools: No furloughs, pay cuts in future, school dis...

Free lunch and free breakfast has another side to the coin. Title I funds to the schools from the federal government are based on income of student's families population and based on free lunch. This amounts to millions of dollars of revenue to the school districts. El Paso has far more income from the federal government than it pays in taxes. The cost elimination of the program is far less than the funds received by the districts by the federal government. If we got rid of the 'illegals' , our revenues would drop as student funding from the state is based on student population. School districts are not allowed to ask for immigration status via the federal government court cases and law. Only a electric bill, or utility is required. Even the legal residences take advantage of this as they move their kids to other schools for athletic and other purposes by simply using another address. Tax revenues are low compared to other states, try living in Ohio. People would feel far more comfortable if the district spent its money in classroom and resources for the classrooms. We have programs that are not necessary, too many non-teachers such as coaches, too many administrative positions that are redundant and high paying plus extremely highly paid superintendents that are compensated beyond what they are in other parts of Texas.  (Jun 18, 2011 | post #16)

El Paso Times

Texas Gov. Perry vetoes texting while driving bill

Driving takes your full concentration because a mistake can kill. I had to avoid a texter who did not realize I was in the lane already as he entered the I-10 while he was t4xting, or people on the phone don't realize their speed ranges from 40 to 60, up and down, as they use their phones, again causing accidents. This saves lives and heartache. I have a friend who thinks like you and thinks everything is fine. She went into another lane while talking on the phone and didn't realize it causing the other car to swerve and crash. Driving is a privilege that requires for you do it right. Next time you fly how would you like your pilot texting while landing or your doctor texting while operating on you? I am sorry nothing is that important that it cannot wait until you stop.  (Jun 17, 2011 | post #50)

El Paso Times

EPISD board member Lisa Colquitt-Munoz resigns

I was not speaking of him but I do know the FBI investigation is still ongoing. I was speaking of another friend. Nothing in this district is free and clear but we cannot assume anyone is automatically guilty or innocent. I do know some files kind of "disappeared " in this investigation, so anything is still possible.  (Jun 17, 2011 | post #44)

El Paso Times

EPISD board member Lisa Colquitt-Munoz resigns

You are correct in your statement. A lot of people assume a lot of things early which may or may not be true including innocence and guilt. The voters will not pick the replacement but the school board itself with applicants. We blew it with a apathetic turnout to vote. The FBI will do its job but I am sad a friend lost his job because he too was not afraid to speak but did not realize what would happen from the administration. The AYP created a lot of pressure to do things not only in El Paso but other places.  (Jun 17, 2011 | post #33)

El Paso Times

El Paso High students walk out of class to protest princi...

I heard a comment from another high school principal that 17% was a crazy number for improvement on the graduation rate. It was stated that getting 3 to 5%, you have to work your "butt" off. The implication was that something funny is going on with these numbers. "Just Wondering" how much pressure there is to just pass the students after they pass TAKS?  (May 30, 2011 | post #289)

El Paso Times

El Paso High students walk out of class to protest princi...

My my...Adrian Bustillos. I remember him as the teacher who showed up late on a consistent basis and had his Co-teacher start the class or the security guard open the classroom while he came in with a hangover on many occasions. His sister had to call him to make sure he got to work. She was a student at El Paso High. He would talk about women at school with his sexual exploits and made sure everyone knew about it. He got into administration after a couple or three years of teaching because of his family relationship with people at EPISD central office. First a coach (very short run) and quickly an AP. Par for EPISD and their hirings. It isn't the best person but who you know. I see he is continuing his fine work at El Paso High.  (May 29, 2011 | post #249)

El Paso Times

Triple milestone: Test-tube triplets, now 18, heading for...

What a wonderful set of young adults.. I got to know Guy a little bit this year and he is awesome and has the respect of his classmates. They just love him. Good luck and may they all be blessed.  (May 29, 2011 | post #1)

El Paso Times

Schools still waiting on funding decision

Texas should be ashamed for putting education spending near the bottom of the 50 states. Yes we can spend better but really what are our priorities? Education is what moves civilization forward and pass knowledge from one generation to another and we now have children less educated than their parents in a lot of cases. Making generalizations of all teachers is wrong also. Making the gap between the rich school districts and poor districts greater shows that the governor really does not care because he does not get votes from these areas anyway. What a sad year for our state government.  (May 25, 2011 | post #3)

El Paso Times

Radio host who predicted End of Days to speak

People for centuries have tried to predict the end and see the signs. Bible historians will point out that even some the disciples thought the end would occur during their lifetime. Others thought the end of the world was World War 2 because all the signs fit from revelation with Hitler being the anti-Christ. I also remember some thinking the 70's with the cold war and rise of Israel was the sign of the end of the world. Even the rapture is an interpretation not a direct quote from the Bible. I chose to believe Mark 13:32 and also believe that many false prophets will come and use the church for their own gain.  (May 23, 2011 | post #14)

El Paso Times

Wildfire near Silver City, New Mexico is fully contained,...

People drive too darn close to each other. When I follow the rules on safe spacing between cars, someone cuts in front of me thinking I created the space for them or I look in the rear view mirror and cannot even see the bumper they are so close....always waiting for a collision.  (May 13, 2011 | post #4)

El Paso Times

School districts to discuss budget cuts today

Aides do not make a lot of money and perform functions in the school directly with students. They are usually funded with Title I funds and make a huge difference. They don't eat up budget like you are made to believe and have been cut back in staff. You must think this city is safe for students to travel and everyone lives close to a school. Some Parents don't have the work schedules to drive students to school and the traffic and accidents waiting to happen would be great. We must get our kids safely to schools and busses are the best way. Do you really think that the students are going to zoo all of the time, movies and tremendous cost is involved? Whew! The school districts are spending tens of millions on this? It is your children we are speaking about and their future. I agree we can manage money differently but education must be a priority and not an afterthought or a place we don't pay attention.  (Apr 30, 2011 | post #8)

El Paso Times

White House releases Obama birth certificate

I agree that the state of the union should reflect back but the people do make this a personal attack and not on the issues. We still need to focus on the issues and drop this nonsense on his birth.  (Apr 27, 2011 | post #186)

El Paso Times

White House releases Obama birth certificate

I agree with you. One survey showed half of the republicans believe that he is not American born and are going to make it an issue. Why? We should be talking about the economy, jobs, and foreign affairs. I believe most Americans will this as silliness and just personal attacks.  (Apr 27, 2011 | post #184)