Letter: Need to know the whole story

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What’s really immoral regarding public education and the legislature

I wish you would have written such an editorial (“Texas public education funding constitutional but immoral”) when HB 5 passed, lowering standards for our students, especially low-income kids. No more 4X4, no more general requirement of advanced math and science courses, no more assessments of all students to show college readiness. Now, that’s immoral. Plus, with weakened accountability, Texas’ big academic gains for minority kids on the national assessment have come to an abrupt halt.

And what’s even more immoral is that the plaintiffs sought money to pay for getting students to college readiness when they and their allies had earlier eviscerated these very standards.



Do you know the whole story? Or are you just for spending more money? If the latter, I’d be glad to share with you the more than 200 studies that show that money without these and other sorts of improvement does not contribute to increased student achievement.

As a religious person, I share your concern that we must devote ourselves to helping those in need, especially through better education for disadvantaged kids. But, respectfully, I must share my concern about whether you have the needed facts to label only the other side in this case “immoral.”

Sandy Kress



Austin


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