Chamber leadership recently had lunch with eight local superintendents to discuss, among other things, how budget cuts have impacted area schools. Some of the districts represented included Northside, North East, Harlandale, Somerset and South West.
While all schools are expected to perform at the same level as previous years, there is less funding available, and that is not expected to improve in the next legislative session. One of the ways the districts cut spending was eliminating non-teaching positions that supported curriculum development or athletics. Additionally, district representatives elaborated on how the new STARRS assessment will be different from the TAKS assessment this year and moving forward.
Also, the Superintendents discussed the need to celebrate public education. Contrary to what has recently been portrayed, Bexar County High Schools do not all have a drop-out rate of 50% or more. For example, according to TEA’s Lonestar website, North East ISD has a graduation rate of 87.3%. Overall, our public schools have much to celebrate. The district representatives noted that there is always for improvement but it is important to recognize the many accomplishments as well.
One way The Chamber is supporting local education efforts is through the Career Pathways program that the Education Committee is launching this fall. In partnership with high schools, business leaders will present job opportunities to students and how they can obtain those jobs by graduating and pursuing post-secondary education.
For more information on how you can get involved in supporting local education through The Chamber, please contact Andria Castillo at (210)229-2134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.