Cloudy Fu­ture

San Antonio Express-News - - FROM THE COVER - Jim Par­nella Adam Castillo

Re: “Schools would pay for prop­erty tax cap,” Front Page, Jan. 6:

If we thought our na­tional lead­er­ship was laugh­able, de­press­ing and dan­ger­ous, look at Texas’ ed­u­ca­tion prob­lem. The Ex­press-News’ anal­y­sis of Gov. Greg Ab­bott’s prop­erty tax cuts show they mir­ror the Repub­li­can tax cuts of 2018, which will crip­ple our na­tional gov­ern­ment with debt and un­der­fund­ing all vi­tal de­part­ments other than De­fense. In Texas, our gov­er­nor thinks more prop­erty taxes should be cut, even though Texas schools ranks 37th in fund­ing. There was lit­tle men­tion of school fi­nance re­form that par­ents have been re­quest­ing for years.

Thank good­ness, in the Opin­ion Sec­tion, (Re: “It’s time to re­form pub­lic school fi­nance,” Opin­ion, Jan. 6), lo­cal Cham­ber of Com­merce lead­ers Paula GoldWil­liams and Richard Perez de­scribe the ne­glect school dis­tricts like Edge­wood suf­fer with our cur­rent sys­tem. Less fund­ing bur­dens our schools with fewer teach­ers, re­sources and less prepa­ra­tion for our youth’s fu­ture. Be­cause the state is not fully fund­ing our state col­leges, some stu­dents al­ready can’t af­ford a higher ed­u­ca­tion. In the 1970s through the 1990s we had bet­ter fund­ing — when we had Democrats like Dolph Briscoe, Mark White and Ann Richards. Sadly, Tex­ans re-elected Repub­li­cans who are not as con­cerned with ed­u­ca­tion as they are with tax cuts. Per­haps in fu­ture elec­tions, more Tex­ans can be more con­sid­er­ate and thought­ful of our youth’s fu­ture.

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