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Showing Appreciation for Teachers

Midland ISD Teacher Chris Hightower’s commentary in the Midland Reporter-Telegram notes that teacher strikes around the nation have demonstrated that teachers are tired of a “business as usual” approach to education funding.

The Texas Legislature is directed by the state Constitution to “provide and fund an efficient system of public schools to provide for the general diffusion of knowledge.” Simply put, schools must be adequately funded. Hightower says school finance “is ridiculously complex” and not focused on providing adequate funding. He notes that fixing education funding in Texas will require a long, hard look at all possible options.

He also reminds readers that they have another option. “If you truly want to show your appreciation for teachers, you should look at changing the week of teacher appreciation from the first week of May to the first week of November. Give educators a gift in the form of supporting measures and candidates at the ballot box,” Hightower writes.

Read “Texas needs more than a Band-Aid approach to fix education,” by Chris Hightower, Midland Reporter-Telegram.

May 14, 2018