This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win over Mildred last Friday. The Lady Bulldogs will be playing Edgewood for the bi-district championship on Tuesday. The game will be played in Mabank and is set to start at 8:00 PM.

The varsity football team had a big win over Grand Saline on Friday, 49-0. The win puts the Bulldogs at 4-1 in district play heading into the bye week.

This Week:

Monday – Bulldog Extra – 3:45 – 5:45

Tuesday – Bulldog Extra – 3:45 – 5:45; Bi-District Volleyball v. Edgewood – 8:00 PM in Mabank

Wednesday – Bulldog Extra – 3:45 – 5:45; MS Fall Sports Pictures

Thursday – Bulldog Extra – 3:45 – 5:45; JV Football v. Tatum – 5:00

Saturday – Regional Cross Country Meet – Vandergriff Park in Arlington

 

School Finance Trial Gets Underway

The following information comes from the Equity Center:

Plaintiffs Represent Over 3.4 Million
School Children

As we last reported, there are six different groups currently involved in this
litigation – five plaintiffs and one plaintiff intervenor. The Texas Taxpayer
& Student Fairness Coalition consists of 439 school districts and
represents over 1.3 million school children. In total, there are 611 public school districts representing over 3.4 million school children in the suit. The other plaintiffs
in the case include MALDEF (Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education
Fund, representing Edgewood ISD and several other property-poor South Texas
districts), Thompson-Horton (primarily representing large urban and
suburban districts), the Haynes & Boone group (primarily
representing wealthy districts) and the Charter School Association.  The
intervenor group (TREE) is led by Kent Grusendorf, the former chairman of the
Texas House Public Education Committee, and does not represent any school
districts.

School Finance
Lawsuit Week 1 Recap

On Monday, Judge John Dietz heard opening statements from the plaintiffs, plaintiff intervenor, and the State. On Tuesday, the Judge heard testimony from demographer Dr. Steve Murdock about Texas’ rapid growth, changing demographics, and socioeconomic shifts. Dr. Guy Sconzo, Superintendent Humble ISD, also testified on Tuesday and his testimony seemed to echo Dr. Murdock’s in terms of the changing
population and socioeconomic status of his students and community. Dr. Sconzo
also testified about the difficulties of providing resources when your tax rate
is capped at $1.17 and the necessity of programs such as early childhood
education.  On Wednesday, Dan Benito CISD Superintendent Antonio Limon
took the stand to testify about economically disadvantaged children and the
importance of involving the parents in the process and making them feel as if
they are part of the system. He also placed a strong focus on smaller classroom
sizes and the importance of resources for English language learners. On
Thursday, Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner testified about
preparing for the education cuts and trying to meet the increasing demands of
serving their student population and the ever-growing accountability standards.
We also heard briefly from Dr. Jeri Pfeifer, Everman ISD, before the court
recessed, but she will take the stand again on Monday morning.

 

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