Response to Representative Phil King’s Open Letter to Parents

by MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

Vice President, Texas Eagle Forum

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MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

I am writing in response to Representative Phil King’s outstanding February 13, 2011 “Open letter to parents of public school children” as a 27-year taxpayer and resident of Parker County. Representative King requested that they report to him their “ideas, observations, and specific cost-cutting suggestions to make sure our education dollars are used efficiently.” Note that more than parents of public school children could and should participate in this worthwhile project. I call on all parents of public school children, as well as all Parker County taxpayers to join this effort.

The public has three outstanding Internet resources available that show how our tax dollars are spent for education at the local, state, and federal level:

1. The Weatherford Independent School District (WISD) check register is hard to locate from the WISD Homepage, but you can go directly to it at www.weatherfordisd.com/home/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=56&Itemid=56 .

2. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) website also includes their check register where you can find how education dollars are spent at the state level. Note that on August 22, 2005 Governor Rick Perry signed Executive Order RP 47 calling for at least 65 percent of education dollars to be spent in the classroom.  The TEA’s Check Register can be found at www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=8180 .

3. To help with expenditure evaluations, there is an excellent resource at www.peytonwolcott.com that provides specific examples of how some education dollars are spent at the local, state, and federal levels.

Rather than shouting against the wind, I hope your readership will take a look at these websites and decide which expenditures could be reduced or eliminated and give Representative Phil King (phil.king@house.state.tx.us) their thoughts.

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