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[Susan notes: Here is the penultimate hate-public schools message, reflecting the Corporado "student as product" message.]

Published in Houston
07/25/2005

To the editor


Product is failing



THE Chronicle's July 22 editorial "School finance / The Legislature is just reflecting the priorities of the electorate: low taxes over adequate education," seemed to not only insult Texas voters, but also seemed to misunderstand the issues of the voters.



Most of us are savvy enough to understand that the appraisal system is a crooked way of gathering taxes, and we want it changed.



Most homeowners who foot the bill don't consider free breakfast, lunch, day care and computers a school's responsibility, and think these could be stopped if that constitutes "coming apart at the seams."



The editorial was especially startling considering all the scandals that have come up over the years about the Houston Independent School District's and the city of Houston's handling of financial matters. Throwing money at schools for 40 years hasn't done anything but hurt those who've paid.



Informed taxpayers want changes not increases to continue a failing system.



Businesses have to adjust, cut back or close if they don't deliver the promised product. Why should schools be any different?



J. McLane, Katy


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