Education: Start at it home, fortified it at school

Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 1:00am

A friend of mine sent an e-mail to me about the fiscal woes of this fair state. It seems the State Department of Finance and Administration listed a budget surplus of $113 million for the year ending 2000 and has estimated that this fiscal year ending in September will top $110 million.

When I was growing up in the barrio in Houston, Texas, if any family had an extra $10 they had more in the budget to work with. That same concept was reinforced at school. "Juan has a budget of $30. He spends $20 to pay all of his bills. Does Juan have a deficit or surplus in his budget?"

The Department of Education is one of the guilty parties involved in leaving a surplus. Why? We have teachers grossly underpaid; we have a need for more teachers; we have children from many different countries who would benefit from bilingual teachers

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