Dallas Fort Worth area like everywhere else is making cuts to their education budgets. That alone makes me cringe but what I heard on the news makes it seem down right impossible that there will be any educating left in our education system. While listening to the news, I heard that Fort Wort Independent School District has to come up with ways to cut, wait for it, at least 50,000,000. If I count my zeros right that’s 50 million dollars. Now I said at least, the high end figure is 80,000,000, making sure my zeros are right again it’s 80 million. How the, watch out for language here, hell does a school cut 80 million dollars and still continue to educate the children that are trapped in the district and they are trapped unless they move to a whole other city outside of that district. Now speaking for my family I am lucky enough not to live in the Fort Worth or Dallas school districts because if I did I’d be one of those trapped families. Our school district is looking into ways to cut the budget but they are discussing things like having the high schoolers start 45 minutes later so that the middle school bus drivers can also pick up the high school kids. That is a reasonable solution to me. I’m not sure if you’re aware but most of the Dallas area tax revenue comes from property owners there is no state tax.
I’m sure areas like The Colony aren’t as badly hit as others. Now in The Colony, and every time I drive through there I feel like I’m driving through a cult except for the humongous houses and McDonalds with crystal chandeliers. They get the heck taxed out of them, I’ve calmed down some hence the usage of censored wording. They’re schools are okay, well at least better than most.
I just don’t see how these changes can be possible and the kids can still be educated. This isn’t just a local problem, you’ve got schools laying off teachers, dropping classes, and public libraries closing. Money is being taken from schools, disability services, and senior services. Whether you have kids or not, these poorly educated children will be in charge of us in our old age, that’s a thought to always keep in mind.
Update: It just hit me yesterday when I was picking up my son who decided he wanted to walk home, I guess just not all the way home, that we have a new middle school opening this fall in our neighborhood which with all it’s innovative features will still be hit by all of the budget cuts. This is a new, zero energy, hands on school that my son will definitely be attending since the new boundaries have already been decided. We all already know the final repercussions of all the cuts, I’m just wondering what actual cuts will be made.tour
I don’t make Resolutions because I’ve never been a big believer in them. In my opinion Resolutions are something you say you’re going to do but don’t. This year Jaime told me that I had to make a Resolution list as a foundation for my plans and goals this year. Of course I procrastinated with letting others in on my list, even Jaime hasn’t seen it. So you will officially be the first and since I’ve sat down I’ve also decided to add procrastination as a resolution subject on this list. So let’s get started shall we?
I almost forgot that I also have to make it a point to keep reminding Alexys that when I say something, if I didn’t say “I promise,” then I didn’t promise. I make it a point to rarely ever say “I promise,” because I expect her to hold me to it. That’s what you expect of your children because that’s what they do. Lexy though, will try to hold me to promises I never made and she does this often Jaime also bears the brunt of this a lot too so I now specifically tell her “I didn’t promise it Lexy, I’m saying that I will do it if I can.”
So there is my list, what do you think of it? Maybe I’ve made too many lofty goals and should get rid of some of them or maybe this is just right since I have a whole year to accomplish it and maybe if I break a resolution that’s okay because I have the whole year to get it right. I think I’ll take that as my philosophy, “maybe I didn’t get it the first time, but I succeeded before the year was out.” I think that still technically counts.
I have so many things to look forward to this year.
The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is losing this weight this year. It’s been a roller coaster ride since 2009. I’ve tried so many weight loss plans and diets but this year I’ve changed my outlook on weight loss and I know it’s doable. So, this is the year it gets done period.
I’m going to take a vacation this summer. I can’t wait for it. I’ve been a little depressed between the extra weight and being unemployed for the last 5 months.
This is also the month that my oldest daughter turns 16. Big day for my baby and I’m so proud of her. She’s beautiful and smart. As smart as I was she outshines me by far. Every day she makes me prouder and I look forward to it more than I thought possible. She loves me, is extremely respectful, has very strong goals, and is not trying to date any one. How lucky am I? I just noticed that I tend to ramble when it comes to her.
My move to Texas also gave me something else to look forward to. My grandmother visits Texas yearly and by being here it means she also comes to visit me (her favorite granddaughter, shhh don’t tell any one). My dad is now only 5 hours away instead of 23. We spent our first Christmas together since 1995, it was fantastic. I’ve seen so much family this year and look forward to seeing more of them all year long.
I’m hoping that this year brings the help I need for my brother. All I’m asking for is a little respite care or an adult day program for him. Anything that allows him to live here at home but get out during the day so he can have socialization and I can at least get a part time job. My brother has MR with hints of other cognitive disabilities.
My son is maturing and his voice is changing. I know this isn’t the year he grows into the man he’ll become but I can still look forward to it. I do occasionally get a small glimpse of him though.
I’m a lucky woman with a bright future ahead of my family and myself. I welcome it all with open arms.
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