At Last, Carla Ranger Weighs In On Budget Cuts

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It's been a long while since Dallas Independent School District District 6 trustee served up a hot sports opinion on her blog. But given the looming "new reality" that has led to trustees being asked to consider giving teachers $10 million to scoot before they're fired, Ranger can hold her tongue no longer. She now has the "budget blues." Ranger writes:
Cuts like these will help to further undermine public education. The magnet schools and learning centers will the destroyed -- this has been the agenda of some for many years.

At the same time, the Dallas ISD Board has an Ad Hoc Charter School Committee working full time to take even more resources in order to open the door to more charter schools. I wasn't elected to create charter schools. Dallas ISD went down that path before with Edison.

I was elected to support, strengthen and stand up for public education with public accountability -- not to make decisions that help to destroy public education.

Presently, the agenda is all about advancing privatization schemes that take away even more teachers, students and resources needed now even more than ever before.

Will Trustees now help to kill the public school system we were elected to serve?
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Angry resident
Angry resident

Like the September article in the Observer by Dr. Renard, someone needs to investigatethe cosy relationships of the trustees. They are using their power to line their pockets. Would you really through the the one shinning success, the Magnet Schools, in the otherwise dismal DISD away? For trumped up budget reasons, when you can't even account for the 80 million and untold others squandered over the last few years. See what that does for the image of Corporate Dallas when they destroy the #1 public highschool and middle school in the nation where kids of all socioeconomic stripes thrive because the faculties have created, through their dedication, a learning environment that works. Shame on the DISD trustees for their lack of leadership and for placing their personal agendas above and at the expense of the children of this city. As a life long tax paying resident, it sickens me that the politics and leadership of this city have sunk so low to lay the groundwork for a future Big "D", as in Detroit.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Thank you Mrs. Ranger for standing up for quality education for all children. It is so sad that you are on a board where the majority of the members are just there to rubber stamp Dr. Hinojosa.

There are so many opportunities for them to consider saving funds:

Stop the bilingual classes that have as few as 6 children Revisit resources spent on Bilingual as oppose to ESL Stop Stiphens Stop recruiting from foreign countries Cut administration salaries and numbers Stop having "supervisors" that supervise 1 or 2 people (check maintenance) Stop trying to get rid of experience teachers and look at "Teach for America", etc. Reevaluate all contracts - technology, consulting,supplies,maintenance, food, etc Drop PK for now Reevalute Sports Programs Delay any additonal building of schools that have not started, only work on renovations Reevaluate bond repayment Fire some of the outside council Remove all unfilled positions from HR list Reevalute Management of each department (Maintenance for example has atlease 3 top level managers)Ask the employees (not just the teachers, but support staff also) how can the district save Have Public Meetings

The board has to stop taking what Dr. Hinojosa tells them and do some work on their own. This is very serious and this district is like all other districts, looking for away to make the best ot of a bad situation.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Ah, DISD logic. If it works (i.e. magnets), break it.

If it's broken (many of the neighborhood schools) break it some more.

If it makes money for the BoT and their friends or, by extension, let's Hiney keep his cushy, overpaid job but doesn't do anything for kids, throw money at it.

Concerned
Concerned

Get rid of all the Charter scools what a waste of money I met the guy who runs the charter school in Wilmer Hutchins and that place is a joke who would send there kids to a place like that I remember they had a story on the news because of it but yet this man make so much money and he does not have to report to anyone and he owns at least 8 in the Dallas area I say Texas needs to start there before getting rid of all this great teacher we need for our kids to learn.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

My granddaughter goes to AW Brown charter school and this school is as good as any private school. The kids are taught the 7 habits of success and they require parental involvement. Sometimes I think that some of the things taught are more advanced than a 5 year old but when I hear her reading, adding, subtracting, and reciting the preamble to the constitution and other poems, I realize that when limits are placed on children that's what they do. This school says you can do more and they start them out early in prek. They have homework everyday but they are given their schedule at the beginning of the weeek. I don't know about the Wilmer Hutchin Charter School but my granddaughter is lucky to be in this school. Their children are more advanced than their counterpart at DISD.

MattL1
MattL1

Punctuation is the new black.

(Sorry, couldn't help myself)

StopDISDorg
StopDISDorg

Thank you Ms. Ranger for standing up for better education and preservation of our teachers.

Please help put an end to the wasteful spending, O.M. Robert Elementary was renovated just a few short years ago now it is scheduled for demolition and 22 million more tax dollars will be used to rebuild.

In addition to the reckless demolition of the remodeled school, DISD has already succeeded in seizing some of the property in Jubilee Park community. Now DISD is saying that it will keep those properties only to demolish to make room for a parking lots - right in between the remaining homes!

Our teachers are getting pink slips but, the contractors building new schools are getting paid.

Lear more at www.StopDISD.org

Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

CrackerDaddy LOVES him some Carla Ranger! She is spot on about the budget crisis being used to forward a privatization agenda.

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

Damn, I wish Ms. Ranger would run for mayor, senator, any other higher office! We have so many fools, jerks and clowns in all levels of public office. Carla Ranger ALWAYS has a rational and balanced view of any issue.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

I think she should be DISD superintendant. Send Hinojosa packing and put someone in that position that understands the problems the district is facing.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Eliminate half the people that report to 3700 for a start. The top earning half.Use the money to hire more good teachers.Cancel the building projects, and investigate the kickbacks.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

According to this morning's DMN article DISD doesn't have the money to hire new teachers, but they will pay current teachers to leave.

Preston Holler
Preston Holler

Montemalone:

I agree with you. However, Hiney has made it impossible to hire more good teachers. Why would any teacher worth his/her salt want to come to the DISD at this point?

Let's say you are a fantastic teacher. Are you going to say to yourself: "I'm a darn good teacher. But I want to find some greener pastures. The DISD has a disfunctional BoT, they have one financial crisis after another, they RIF'd teachers two years ago, they are talking about laying off more, AND their Superintendent just announced that the 'New Reality' is 50-60 kids per classroom. Gee, that is someplace I wanna apply."

Heck no you're not. The DISD has some really, really great teachers. But Hiney has just made it nearly impossible to attract any NEW great teachers to the District. Who in their right mind would want to come to the DISD at this point in time?

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