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posted: 7/22/2014 5:01 AM

Incoming kids would burden our schools

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I hear on TV that as many as 60,000 kids have come across the border in Texas, and about 1,200 more are coming every day from Central America. Some people say let them come, we should welcome them all and care for them. Other people say, is there a cost to that?

Suppose your school district took in just one day's worth of these children. After all, you are in a very wealthy school district. Well, to educate 1,200 kids would require two new elementary schools, one new middle school, and a substantial addition to a high school. Of course the schools would have to be fully staffed and include bilingual teachers as the kids do not speak English. Yikes!

If you're like me and just got your property tax bill and noticed that the part for schools comes to 77 percent of the total bill, it's easy to imagine how that might increase further, and rapidly. So when you say, let them come, be ready to pay, and pay.

Bill Hartman


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