IRVING ISD: WASTEFUL SPENDING BY TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Feb 15, 2013 by

To add to our ever-growing list of Texas school districts that are wasting taxpayers’ dollars, we now have the results of a Public Information Request (PIR) from Irving ISD.

IRVING ISD – TASA & TASB FY12 & FY13 PYMTS_pro

Notice that Irving ISD over the last two school years has paid TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) $35,006 and TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) $870, 022.  Just think how many classroom teachers’ jobs could have been financed by that huge amount of money.  – Donna Garner

Irving ISD — TASA and TASB Amounts

(2.14.13)

Irving ISD — TASA Amount

School Year TASA Amount
2011/2012     $3,494
2012/2013   $31,512
  Total   $35,006

 

Irving ISD — TASB Amount

School Year TASB Amount
2011/2012    $21,982
2011/2012      $3,830
2011/2012  $386,108
2011/2012    $33,707
S/T  2011/2012  $445,627
2012/2013    $15,172
2012/2013    $18,000
2012/2013  $391,223
S/T 2012/2013  $424,395
Total  2011 – 2013  $870,022

 

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http://educationviews.org/wasteful-spending-by-tex-school-districts-tasa-tasb/

2.12.13 — This information was gained through PIR’s filed by taxpayers in Katy ISD, Katy, Texas. This shows how much money this district is spending on TASA and TASB each year. Schools throughout Texas pay similar amounts to TASA/TASB.  [Through PIR’s, taxpayers in Montgomery ISD have found that so far during this 2012-13 school year, TASA has been paid $22,240.]

TASA and TASB have been responsible for pushing school district officials to support Type #2 CSCOPE and Type #2 Common Core Standards.

Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) is headed to Los Angeles, to the national conference to hear Linda Darling-Hammond talk about Common Core Standards — http://www.tasanet.org/aasa-national-conference-on-education.

Katy Independent School District — TASA Expense

 Year TASA Expense
 2010     $11,831
 2011     $10,824
 2012       $2,310
  Total     $24,965

 

Katy Independent School District — TASB Expense

Year TASB Expense
  2010  $10,490
  2011  $48,689
  2012  $17,842
  Total  $77,021

 

TASA and its “joined-at-the-hip organization” TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) use our tax dollars to hire lobbyists to go to Austin to lobby us for higher school taxes. (School districts also use our tax dollars to pay for school board members’ TASB expenses.) In essence, we taxpayers are paying to lobby ourselves!

Why should TASA/TASB live off our tax dollars?  Classroom teachers have to pay for their  own teacher organization dues and conventions if they choose to participate.  If administrators and school board members want to join TASA/TASB, that should be entirely up to them; but the Texas Legislature needs to pass a bill during this legislative session that requires public school administrators and school boards to participate in TASA/TASB by using their own personal dollars and not by using our taxpayers’ dollars.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KATY ISD

Katy ISD Superintendent’s contract – July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015:

http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1110058879461-6/Superintendent’s+Contract.pdf

$288,400.00 – annual salary

$15,600 – car expenses

$27,063.24 – out-of-state teacher retirement

$500,000.00 – term life insurance policy

$16,500.00 to $22,000.00 – annuity policy

The district pays additional amounts for hospital, dental, medical care for supe and dependents; professional dues/expenses/travel/hotels/meals/rental cars for such professional activities as TASA/TASB/ASCD, etc.

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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