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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press • February 20, 2013 + To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 Kyle (512) 268'5282 211 Elnihurst Dr. Suite E Kyle, TX 78640 + ii!i~" ! ii !iΈ COURTESY PHOTO Fellow schoolmates show strength for one of their own Fourth grader Amadeo Andrade (center) at Negley Elementary may be dealing with Muscular Dystrophy - a group of inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue - but his fellow Navigators are not letting him deal with it alone. What's being called "Amadeo's Army" consists of his many friends, teachers and neighbors who offer support for Amadeo and his family. His mum, Negley teacher Elizabeth Andrade, the school and neighborhood are involved in raising funds for the upcoming MDA Muscle Walk in Austin this weekend. T-shirts designed by the campus PEIMS Clerk Laurie Collins are being sold to help raise money. Contributions are also being accepted through the Negley Facebook page. The Negley Elementary Student Council, sponsored by April Starnes and April George, is responsible for the fund-raising campaign, which at last report had reached $2,600 of its originally targeted $7,000. Visit htll2S;//www,fa~bQok,~D_r~NQgloYFJe, rooD~DJ~XLogJ to learn more and donate online to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Financial Lawsuit Continued from pg. 3B included several different issues. School districts in several of the suits argued that when the 82nd legislature cut school funding by more than $5 billion, it violated the Texas Constitution. Five of the lawsuits were aligned on the issue of property tax; they argued that by the state leaving school funding decisions up to local districts, those authorities had no choice but to raise taxes to meet minimal education standards, thus creating what the plaintiffs allege is essentially a statewide property tax, which is also not allowed by the state constitution. Two of the complaints representing poorer districts said the "target revenue" system put in place by the legislature in 2006 resulted in a significant loss of revenue. As a result, some school districts receive a lot of state money to make up the difference, while others receive far less. The plaintiffs say neighboring school districts can have as much as a $7,000 difference in per student spending. Arguments were also made by various plaintiffs that student enrollment has increased but adequate funding has not kept pace. That appears to be the case in Hays CISD where enrollment went from about "As the economists put it, there is no free lunch• We either want increased standards and are willing to pay the price, or we don't. However, as the economists point out, there is a cost to acting, namely the tax increase and there is a cost to not acting, namely loss of competitive position." -John Dietz, State District Judge 14,600 in 2010 to 16,470 this and manage our finances school year, yet per student well. Also, our tax base is spending decreased each of increasing," he said. the last few years from more Even with the 2011 cuts, than $10,600 a year in 2010- Dahlberg said, "Districts 20122 to about $9,500 for still need to show they 2012-2013. are spending their money The state argued, however, efficiently." that because Texas places Dietzdid not agree. great emphasis on local The state is expected to control of its school districts, appeal the ruling to the Texas budget shortcomings are the Supreme Court. This was the fault of individual districts - sixth case of its kind since not the entire system. 1984. In opening arguments in Dietz is the same judge October, Assistant Attorney who heard the 2004 trial on General Shelly Dahlberg said public education funding. that the state funded public His ruling in that case found schools beyond the rate of the previous funding system inflation and enrollment unconstitutional as well. growth between 2006 and His statement this time 2010. around said, in part, "Eight Tenorio said Hays CISD is a years ago...I said that financially sound district, education costs money but "We budgetconservatively, that ignorance costs more Buda City Council- Place 2 Election Day, Saturday, March 9, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early Voting Weekdays, Feb. 20-28 and March 4-5 When the two candidate's qualifications and experience in the Run-Off Election are compared, there is a clear and logical choice of who can best serve the Buda community as a councilman. One that can contribute and represent the citizens of Buda. My background speaks for itself: V' Two Term Member - Buda Zoning Board of Adjustments v' Three Term Board Member - National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials - Texas v' Executive Director - Ten years as a County Housing Authority and Secretary of the Board v' Board Member - Advisory Board to the Federal Home Loan Bank - Dallas v' Managing Director - State, County and City Housing Finance Corporations v' State of Texas Governor's Leadership Development Program v' Instrumental in bringing the $21 million development, luxury apartment complex, "Silverado Crossing," to Buda v' Veteran, U.S. Army (ABG) Infantry - 8 years, Team Leader, Vietnam "era" v' BA and Master's degrees in Business Management pol, adv. pd. by Wiley Hopkins, Candidate 156 Crizer Ct. Buds, Texas 78610 money." Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams issued a statement emphasizing that the latest ruling is "simply one step on this litigation's path." "All sides have known that, regardless of the outcome at the district level, final resolution will not come until this case reaches the Texas Supreme Court," he said. 'Tm appreciative of the strong case presented by the Attorney General's Office on behalf of the state. The Texas Education Agency will continue to carry out its mission of serving the students and educators across our state." PHOTO BY BRUCE RUCKEL Lehman junior performs with Texas All-State Band Tyler Thormahlen, 16, a member of the Lehman High School Wind Ensemble, performed with the Texas All-State Band on February 16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Tyler, the son of Karen Parks of Kyle, was selected for the ensemble through a competitive process at the district, region and area levels across the state. He is a junior and plays the French horn under the direction of Lehman's Joey Lucita. This was Tyler's first time to perform as part of the Texas Music Educators Association. 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