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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG February FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Open dedication needed in candidates If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference in your city or school now is the time to step Filing opens Monday and Tuesday for candidates seeking spots on New Garden Ridge and Bulverde city councils and the Comal school district New Braunfels school district elects trustees in The challenges ahead are All of these enti ties face steady growth with the prob lems of accommodating more providing adequate infrastructiire and protecting the integri ty of the The ideal candidates for these government posts will have open willingness to work with people with divergent views and a desire to Serving two or three years on a government body demands commitment and Only serious contenders with thick skins need But the rewards are worth the Representing your neighbors in making big deci sions that will affect the community for years to come can be rewarding And while elected representatives do not always win popularity con they do get the satisfaction of making a dif ference in their for spots on the May 5 ballots opens this Think about the opportunities and dont for get about the If you have the mettle to tackle this communitys problems now is the time to throw your hat into the TAAS tests student mastery Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 49th day of There are 316 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On Jefferson Davis was sworn in as presi dent of the Confederate States of America in On this date In Mary Eng lands queen popularly known as Bloody was born in Greenwich In Martin leader of the Protestant Refor mation in In artist Michelange lo died in In Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United States for the first Tenth grade students across the state of Texas will be challenged to fulfill the states testing require ment for a high school diploma when they take the three parts of the exit level Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test in the next The writing test will be taken Tuesday math will be Wednesday and reading will be These subject area tests in and read ing measure the statewide and students must meet minimum profi ciency in all three subject areas to qualify for a high school The tests reflect the state of Texas more rigorous curriculum standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills TEKS approved by the State Board of Education in 1997 and implemented on more than campuses since the 199899 school The TEKSbased TAAS is part of the states comprehen sive effort to continue to raise standards in the classroom in order to bet ter meet the needs of our students who will soon be competing in a world of high academics and corpo rate Parents often ask what they can do to better pre pare their child for My answer is simple Make sure that your child attends completes ELISA RACANELLI the necessary assignments and attends if The TAAS tests are not filled with mysteri ous The tests are based on the required cur teach ers are teaching the TAAS on a daily that does not mean the teach ers are piling on work but are helping students engage in higher order thinking As we realize that worksheets are not a productive form of educa mstructiori is takingbn a different Students are collabo evaluating one and using tech nology in new Teachers are asking stu dents to perform at higher levels all in an effort to lay the foundation for the stu dents Schools can not be satisfied with pro ducing students who grow into adulthood unequipped to reach their potential and unable to possess the knowledge or the desire to become a contributing member of The new standards have helped teachers and students focus on stu dent learning in the class Since the implemen tation of Exit high schools across the state are performing and meeting the states expectations at record Schools are raising the expectations and students are perform ing so well that in 1999 the 76th session of the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 103 which mandates the exit level test be moved from grade 10 to grade 11 assessing students in five course spe cific subject areas to include English language arts through English mathematics including algebra and sci ence including integrated physics and chemistry and social studies includ ing American and his These tests will now serve a dual purpose they will assess students mastery of the minimum skills and assess a stu dents readiness to enroll in an institution of higher These new tests will be administered in the spring of 2004 our current eighth the final results will be to provide our students with the kind of education they deserve and the kind our commu nity Elisa Racanelli is vice principal at New Braunfels High Seeing and causing a recession BY TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP President Bush is walking a careful line when he speaks of economic pain on the He cannot afford to risk undermining consumer confidence by sounding too Nor can he be seen as playing the recession card to help build support for his trillion tax There is no denying that the current slowdown has increased support in Congress for a sizable tax a central part of Bushs While Democrats want to resize and reshape the Bush tax cut to suit their own con stituencies and political there now is wide bipartisan support for some sort of broad tax relief in this session of That was not the case just a few months Evidence of a downturn is The stock market has been wobbling Manufacturing is Layoffs are Many hightech new econo my industries have been Natural gas and energy prices are The classic definition of a recession two or six of negative growth does not always seem relevant to what is going on right When a recession begins and ends is hard to pinpoint until Is there a chance the econ omy has already slipped into a recession Probably not technically economists Lawrence president of Radnor an economics firm in Philadelphia said the economy has been in dis tress since Cynthia senior econ omist at Standard Poors The risks of slip ping into a recession are greater than the chances of the economy taking off she I think its quite possible that December was the low Most Americans have not yet been directly affected by the Latta Most people are concerned about whether they have a And most people still do have City has great deal on line in pivotal election If one must rely on the not the for happiness in then those who attend or watch these marathon city coun cil meetings must lead deprived Watching the childlike bicker ing and facial contortions during a fiveor sixplus hour meeting can be even for the most devoted of This behavior has become about as predictable as the voting pat If a group wants money for a project and is supported by the three sitting to Mayor Stoney Williams then almost as predictably as the sun rising in the the three sitting to the mayors left will oppose And the reverse is Somewhere in all this tugof the casualties have included manners and the collective good of the As the city suffers through this leadership the importance of the upcoming municipal election looms larger and Schlitterbahn commissioned a survey recently to get a feel for whats important in the commu That will become very impor tant as we approach the city DOUG TONEY We need a score card to track the players lining up to find candidates for the city elec The chamber of the alcoholban the outfitters and other specialinterest groups either are searching or grooming their candidates for the two coun cil seats on the Councilman Juan Luis Martinez has served the maxi mum number of His ser vice will But councilman Larry Alexander can seek anoth er Many insiders say Alexander is gearing up for a re election Either its a pivotal elec Both seats on the ballot sit to the right of the How those votes so goes the council Whats tragic about this is the current council actually has accomplished Seldom will a community have so much riding on the outcome of two council considering the importance of this here are some suggested planks for the candi dates platforms Seek a moratorium on all spending of the general fund money for nonessential projects such as downtown until a comprehensive infrastruc ture program is in place and under We cannot throw away money on noninfrastruc ture projects while we leave our citizens exposed to an unneces sary risk of another All these special interest groups would get off council members collective back if these special interests realized that no money was available until this issue was No more raises for police or additional expenditures for the police department until it imple ments a plan to patrol the rivers and streets adequately during the tourist The city manag ers pay should be tied to this as No more new user fees or other hidden forms of taxes on builders or develop ers until the city provides a real istic and viable plan for regulat yet growth of the Seek a management audit of the city not a salary audit to determine which departments are overstaffed and which ones are understaffed under The past study only resulted in more pay for city staff and if helpful information on whether city gov ernment was performing well compared to other Lets have a system of pay based on merit and accomplishment rather than on whether some body in some other town is mak ing Promise to enter no binding agreements with Schlitterbahn regarding the use of Prince Solms Park until all financial and environmental questions are no agree ment should be made on the pro ject unless the city is required to pay nothing and non Schlitterbahn tubers will be able to use the loop of water for Seek either an amendment in the city charter or some other requirement to ensure that any committee formed by council will dissolve automatically after one Only a council vote could extend the committees existence and never for more than 12 months at a Seek a requirement that any one who serves on a committee must declare whether he or she has a financial interest or derives income from a business or a member of an organization that might be affected by the actions or recommendations of the com Work to ensure the city man city attorney and all city council members and candidates file a financial report each year that would declare whether their holdings or membership provides a conflict of interest with their role with the Promise that city council meetings end by 10 even if that means meeting each week rather than every other And the ideal council candidate would promise to seek an end to the free food provided to city council members in the break room on Monday If the citizens have to endure five and six hour meetings without so should the Maybe the meetings would end at a reasonable time if council members had to go home to eat Doug Tbney is editor cmd pub lisher of the
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