THE ISSUES EDUCATION
- LESS TESTING/ TRUST TEACHERS:
Texas spends $90 million a year on testing – and testing companies spend lobbying dollars to ensure this system continues. We know that the STARR test is not an accurate reflection of the growth and development of our students. It is stressful for teachers and students alike and does not allow teachers the chance to meet individual students needs or empower them to teach. Mass standardized testing needs to be rethought and we should move towards allowing teachers and administrators more freedom for assessing the performance of our kids and our schools. We can trust teachers to teach, to make decisions and to come up with flexible and creative solutions that are appropriate to their individual situations.
- FIGHT AGAINST VOUCHERS:
Public tax dollars should never be spent on private schools. Private schools are not subject to the same curriculum standards and have fewer rules governing how they spend tax dollars. Due to recent cuts, Texas schools now rank 38th in the nation in per student spending. If elected I will support increasing funds to public schools and I will fight against proposals that use state funds for school vouchers.
- REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES /FUND PUBLIC ED:
In the past, Texans paid lower property taxes than they do now because corporations paid a fair tax rate and the state of Texas was committed paying 50% of Public Ed funding instead of leaving most of the responsibility to local districts to pay through property taxes. Recapture, known as “Robin Hood,” was designed to help spread wealth from richer districts into poorer ones. This system is not transparent and it is not clear that the recapture funds are ending up funding the districts where they are needed the most. Wealthy districts understand that we need to fund schools fairly across the state but there needs to be transparency and accountability so taxpayers understand where this money is going. I support legislation that mandates the state to return to a commitment of funding 50% of Public Ed and stop pushing the burden off on local property taxpayers. I also support closing the corporate loophole to increase business property tax revenue.