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.
I had plans for a big “what I am thankful for” post yesterday but my minor headache turned into a major migraine before the day was over. My father had some major problems yesterday and called me because he needed someone to use as a sounding board so who better than his favorite daughter? Then today after a comment from SoapBird I had a brilliant idea for an exercise post but first I had to go to the dentist. I had movie and dinner plans with my son tonight but after the root canal and coming home to take my pain medication, I can’t think straight so I am going to climb in bed and let my motivation for tomorrow’s post come to me in a dream. Just playing, but I’m sure there will probably be at least 2 posts in me tomorrow. Goodnight all and have a great weekend if you don’t get back before Monday.
I am lying in bed as I write this. Yep, I said bed it’s not late, it’s only 5:25 pm. I’m in bed because I’m freezing and no matter what I try I’m still freezing. Being a self proclaimed super smart genius, I decide to pull out my iPhone and check the weather on The Weather Channel Max app (I just said that in my announcer voice). It informs me that it’s 33 degrees out but feels like 26. C’mon, seriously why would they even bother to tell me that. I’m never at the zoo, turn to my kids and say it’s 104 but hey at least it feels like 98. I’m not a thermometer, if you say it’s 33 I am going to believe it’s 33 out. If you don’t tell me what it feels like, to me it will feel like 33 (can you imagine my naivety to actually believe it is what they say). Am I the only person that sees that simple logic? Anything else they want me to believe in this world they just tell me so why would the give me options on the weather.
So now I’ve got this little Jack Frost leprechaun in my head. He keeps telling me it feels below freezing, can you feel it? Of course I feel it, wasn’t I told to? My very random mind is now trying to figure out how to stay warm for the rest of winter. I think my family might be a little disappointed if I stay in bed under my electric blanket for a couple months and the ball and chain probably wouldn’t appreciate me in a diaper. Can’t say I blame him much on that one.
You may ask yourself, what type of person could write a post like this? It’s really not my fault I very often have random thoughts and they are often sub par. I only share the good, smart, understanding thoughts with the people who know me. That’s enough of my random musings for today.
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