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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                August 7A State still working to define classroom instruction By Mallsta Johnson Seguin GazetteEnterprise In the wake of Rick Perrys executive order that 65 percent of district budgets be spent on classroom legislators and district employees are specu lating which items will fall under those State Edmund Kuem pel said whether districts are able to meet the 65 percent quota will largely depend on the definition of die Commissioner of Educa tion Shirley Neeley and an appointed task force of superintendents and multi ple advisory committees will meet 7 at the TEA offices in Austin to discuss what the category should TEA Spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said the task force will begin with the National Center for Education Statis ticss definition which describes classroom spend ing as direct instruction of students in any Included in the definition are classroom teacher and instructional aide general instructional sup plies and activities such as field music and Expenditures falling out side the definition include administration oper ation and food counselors and teachers training and That is the NCES defini Culbertson That is not to say that this is what the Texas definition will Were using their definition as a starting Perrys order will be phased in over the next four years to Its not like this is going to be a sudden Most of them are already spending all of that or JeffWentworth State senator give districts time to adjust their Neeley said beginning this districts will have to spend at least half of their funding on class room JeffWentworth said the 65 percent quota should not pose a problem for Texas who on average already spend about 52 cents of every dollar on classroom Its not like this is going to be a sudden Wentworth Most of them are already spending all of that or The percentage will increase by 5 percent each following year until the 65 percent cap is reached in In response to districts concerns over whether 35 percent would be enough to cover school lunches and other costs that would fall under nonclass room Went worth said the fouryear incremental schedule should allow districts enough time to reorganize their Studies show that putting more money in the class room increases learning and knowledge in the Wentworth School should be concentrating more money on that than on collateral The more money put in the more they are going to EDUCATION CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Legislature may take up schools again Any time the Legislature deals with its like pulling a thread in a he Everything they touch affects something Local educators also heard from Don State Board of Education representative for District who encouraged them to value their contributions to You hear this all the but what you do is impor In public educa tion is the most important thing we do in this he TEXAS CINEMA BROTHERS GRIMM PG13 1200 230 CAVE PG13 OLD VIRGIN R RED EYE PG13 PG13 G DEUCE BIGALOW FOUR BROTHERS R 22Q45Q715935 THE SKELETON KEY PG13 MARCH OF THE PENGUINS G DUKES OF HAZARD PG13 SKY HIGH PC WEDDING CRASHERS R No Pati Suptnavera No early shows Tafyjl Vsi Visit our Web site Coming down DAVID Workers from KriewaldtTree Care use a crane and cher ry picker to remove a large tree growing behind the sanctuary of First Protestant Church Thursday Shot kills officers granddaughter LANCASTER AP A 4 Lancaster Police Lt Joe Hall yearold girl died after she was said investigators do not shot in the head in what police know whether the child got a said appears to be an accident hold of the semiautomatic Thursday at the Lancaster handgun or whether it fell as home of her a she got into a bedroom closet Dallas police She was home with her REDUCE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Bond issue could bring rate back up districts fund balance sav or reserve by It is remarkable that we are now able to do said Trustee Bill I hope the taxpayers recognize how important that Administrators and trustees hope the money will end up as savings a year from but several budgetary mov ing targets might eat away at the budget Budget Officer Trade Moos reminded trustees state fund ing was still up in the air until legislators reached an agree ment on school Transportation fuel costs also could exceed the bud geted depending on how high gas prices Thanks to the districts ongoing trustees were required to approve four new staffing Associate Superintendent Nancy Cobb told board mem bers she only expected to fill one position We have budgeted for students by she we had children in our class We only need one position but if that we will be coming back to you to fill the Although trustees expres sed satisfaction at giving tax payers a 2cent reduction in their tax rate for next they likely will ask for the money back almost immedi ately in a fall bond The bond could include money for four new elemen tary one new middle school and modifications to several 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