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Dallas State Rep Backs Improving Education

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State Rep. Victoria Neave | Image by State Rep. Victoria Neave/Facebook

State Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) declared that improving the state’s public education systems is one of her top priorities this legislative session.

“Our economic prosperity as a state is directly linked to the education of our kids,” Neave said in an interview with WFAA. “It’s directly linked to the strength of our workforce.”

Neave voiced tepid support for state leaders’ pledge to use the $27 billion surplus in taxpayer money to reduce property taxes.

The attorney instead suggested that some of the money should be spent on increasing teacher pay and dealing with college affordability for low-income students.

“Certainly, the budget surplus is going to be a big priority, making sure those dollars are being invested in places that make sense for our Texas economy, that make sense for Texas families, and that helps alleviate property taxes as well,” Neave said.

The first in her family to attend college, Neave stressed the importance of quality public education in maintaining Texas’ current draw for out-of-state companies.

“Businesses want to make sure that we are graduating students who are either college-ready or have the skills necessary to enter the workforce,” Neave told WFAA.

Neave’s district includes parts of East Dallas, Mesquite, and South Garland.

The Dallas Express reached out to Neave and asked whether Dallas ISD’s recent performance with regard to student achievement was a motivating factor in her priorities this session but did not hear back by press time.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, the district’s academic performance dragged Dallas County down in Texas metro school rankings, with nearly 20% of its Class of 2022 failing to graduate on time and only 41% of students scoring at grade level on last year’s STAAR exam.

Despite the best efforts of DISD’s hardworking teachers and administrators, the district’s leadership has been mired in crisis and scandal for years.

A recent poll by The Dallas Express found that a plurality of respondents believe “mismanagement” by DISD’s Board of Trustees is to blame for the district’s dismal student outcomes.

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jim
jim
17 days ago

If the state has a $27B surplus, the first place they need to provide relief is to the victims of the Robin Hood school funding plan, especially seniors who have been victimized by this theft. Why should someone have to leave their family home so the Edgewood ISD( or pick another property poor ISD) can have an astro-turf football field?
Com’on Victoria! I suspect you’ll find enough extra funds in most all the ISD budgets, enough to even provide for textbooks for the students, if they were audited. Throwing more money at them before a complete audit will not achieve what you’re wanting. And that’s already been proven over the last 50+ years.

Bret
Bret
17 days ago

Teachers already make much more than the average employee. Increasing their salary does nothing for kids. The whole education system needs to be torn down, removing the federal government’s control of it. Democrats are the problem and what teachers are being forced to teach. Though many do it willingly.

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
14 days ago

Money isn’t the problem. We’ve known this when the first study done in the Civil Rights Era was done. Recent studies in Trenton and Detroit came out with the same result. The number one indicator on if your child will be successful in school is parental participation. The quality of teaches or amount of money spent didn’t matter. It’s always been about guidance.

Last edited 14 days ago by heavyjumbo