EPISD-student counts

March 18, 2018

Take a look at this chart that shows student counts at EPISD over the last several years:

They are in real trouble.

We deserve better


Public input my foot

March 17, 2018

I choose to laugh at this one.

They city is having one of their special city council meetings on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 9:05 AM.

They hold these meetings in a small conference room with very little room for visitors.  They don’t make videos of these meetings available to the public so we seldom know what is said.

There is one item on the agenda:

FY 2019 Budget: Council and Public Input

Public input my foot.

We deserve better


EPISD–bond advisory committee meetings

March 16, 2018

It looks like there is going to be another dust-up at the next meeting of the EPISD board.

There is one item on the Wednesday, March 21, 2018 meeting agenda:

Board Members’ Attendance at Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee Meeting

Are they going to discuss requiring the board members to attend the advisory committee meetings?

Or are they going to try to keep the board members from attending the meetings?

Either way the district is going to look bad.

We deserve better



March 15, 2018

I heard a radio ad the other day featuring our Texas lieutenant governor.

He said that we should empower individuals not government.

A couple of weeks ago we got an email from our westside city representative with the subject “EMPOWERING CITY GOVERNMENT& I-10 CLOSURES”.

I agree with our lieutenant governor on this one.

If I had to empower our city government it would be to get them to fix our roads and provide the basic services that we are paying them for.

We deserve better


EPISD–algebra scores

March 14, 2018

The chart below shows how students at various local high schools did on their state algebra tests last year:

An explanation of the Approaches and Masters columns:

Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course
with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to
apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course
with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think
critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.


The EPISD students scored far below the YISD and SISD students.

Is it the students?  Is it the teachers?  Is it the way teaching the subject is administered?

Something is dreadfully wrong here.

We deserve better



Another trip to the well

March 13, 2018

They don’t have to tell the truth when they circulate the petition to approve a new public improvement district.

Section 372.019 of the Texas local government code:

After notice and a hearing, the governing body of the municipality or county may make supplemental assessments to correct omissions or mistakes in the assessment relating to the total cost of the improvement.

So go ahead and agree to build what they want.

Remember the $50 million dollar ball park that ended up costing $76 million?

We deserve better


Are you angry?

March 12, 2018

The El Paso Herald Post published a guest op-ed piece the other day that I suspect discussed the community that contributes to this blog.

You can read it here:


It is unfortunate when we lose the ability to differ on issues of policy and instead argue based on personal attacks.

From the piece:

Being a blog that mostly caters to angry-at-local-politics folks, or people that are just angry in general for having to pay any taxes at all for anything, the echo-chamber cacophony of agreement crescendoed into a roar of annoyance and outrage.

Most of us are quite capable of speaking for ourselves.  It was inappropriate for the author to conclude that someone is angry, or why we might be angry for that matter.

His op-ed piece makes many valid points and at the same time he was factually wrong when he wrote “A student that goes to a charter school takes their funding with them”.  Yes the school district loses the money if gets from the state, but the local property tax money still goes to the school district.

Then again maybe he was talking about another blog.

We deserve better



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