Tuesday, January 27, 2009

School Board Won't Back Down on Rezoning, Chairman Says

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 6:42 AM

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At least one key public official isn't fazed by the NAACP's civil rights complaint against the school board. School board chair David Fox says he remains adamantly in favor of the student rezoning plan. There's been "no conversation at the board level to do anything any differently," he says.


Fox also insists the board will keep its promise to spend an additional $6 million on Pearl-Cohn's cluster of schools next year, despite the district's budget troubles. Fox tells Pith:

"I don't think there's a scenario in which we can't spend it. The board has been consistently clear. We do zero-based budgeting every year. We start over again rebuilding the budget. We have been clear publicly and with the administration that, as the budget process begins, additional resources for the Pearl-Cohn schools will be one of the first elements put into the budget. I don't see any scenario in which those resources are not made available. ...


"The additional resources are going do things that we think are necessary to educate the children in the schools to high national standards. I think as a way for us to demonstrate that we can educate our at-risk children to high national standards, so I don't really see it as optional."

In which case, we have a suggestion: Take the money out of Hillwood High's budget.


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