Lawmaker Says Proposed Budget Cuts Could Kill Public Schools
A Houston state representative has introduced a school funding bill he says he won't vote for because it would sink public education in Texas.
Representative Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) is recognized as one of the Legislature's experts on school finance. Hochberg has introduced a bill that would create a totally equalized school funding system with no rich or poor school districts — and he concedes he won't vote for it.
Hochberg likened the state public school system to the HMS Titanic, the famous ocean liner that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. He says his bill would treat all school districts as equal passengers on the Titanic. "All are in the same lifeboats," he said.
Hochberg says he wants to show how the schools would be crippled if state lawmakers take nearly $10 billion away from education to balance the budget.
Under Hochberg's bill, every school district in the state would see their state funding cut, and be forced to cut their local budgets by large percentages. He says he's just trying to make a point, and he admits it doesn't have a chance of passing.