|Our classrooms are under seige and it ain't the Martians this time.|
Today's article by LMT reporter Nick Georgiou also reported that the consultants had some polling information to share with the trustees, although I don't see how being told that 70% of Texans believe education should not be cut is going to help. Following is part of Georgiou's story:
Lynn Moak, a Texas public school finance expert, cited the polls and broke down the grim state financial outlook to United Independent School District trustees Wednesday night at a board budget workshop.
The title of his presentation was “The ‘What If … ’ Game Begins: School Finance in the 82nd Legislature.” This legislative session, lawmakers will have to fill a projected $27 billion budget shortfall for the 2012-13 biennium. In the initial draft budget filed by the House, public education would be cut by more than $11 billion. In the Senate version, it would be cut by about $10.5 billion. “Both bills represent starting points, not the end game,” Moak’s PowerPoint presentation states.
According to a report from his firm, Moak, Casey and Associates, UISD could face a $31 million to $51 million budget cut over the next two fiscal years.That’s about a 10 to 17 percent cut to UISD’s $300-million-plus budget.