There is a bond election on November 7th. While this election is nowhere as exciting as last year’s, it is just as important because it directly impacts the future of our dear city.
As a Realtor, I interact with clients on a daily basis who are relocating from other areas trying to find the perfect fit for their family. Invariably, the first question out of their mouth is “how are your public schools?” While we have many shining stars across the FWISD, these schools are unfortunately not enough to combat what the statistics show. We lose clients to higher performing school districts. These individuals would make vibrant additions to the Fort Worth community, but they flee because of schools.
Less than 20% of our FWISD graduating seniors pursued a degree of any sort, whether it be four-year, two-year, or vocational degree. Our students are not prepared to enter the workforce or to attain higher-level jobs.
Companies will not relocate to our area if there is not a skilled workforce.
As a recent Leadership ISD Fellow, I know that only 28% of our third-grade students proficiently read at grade level and that third grade is an important year—after third grade, the student no longer learns to read, the student reads to learn. So, 72% of our FWISD students are less likely to graduate, to be successful, and to find high paying jobs.
As a new mother, I want to give my child every advantage I possibly can. I want to know that my child, and quite frankly all children, are receiving a sound, high-quality, public education. With 60% of FWISD buildings being built before 1960, the majority of our students are receiving instruction in facilities that cannot meet the standards of current educational practices.
There is a lot of positive momentum in the FWISD. The Mayor, the Superintendent, and business leaders are banding together to raise the third-grade literacy rate. The Superintendent has outlined plans to increase college preparedness and to focus on the betterment of our schools. But, the FWISD needs our help.
The two propositions for the FWISD must pass. These propositions will enable the FWISD not only to fund the programs to help our children succeed through a penny swap (read my lips: no new taxes), but they will also allow for necessary funds to build new schools to combat overcrowding and to update our old structures to meet current technological and pedagogical needs. Our participation at the ballot box is essential if we want Fort Worth to continue to prosper and be open for business. Vote yes on both propositions to ensure a bright future of our children and our dear city.