RISD Bond Election – Building a School to Train Students for Careers They Will Not Pursue

18 August 2015

Blue Ribbon News reports on August 18: $256,820,000 Bond Package Developed By 60-Member Citizens Committee After Five Months Of Extensive Study & Analysis

““The Rockwall ISD bond package is designed to impact every student with new and renovated schools, basic maintenance and capital upgrades, technology and security updates, new buses and sports fields, and a College and Career Academy,” said Jeff Bailey, Rockwall ISD Superintendent.

The College & Career Academy will be a part of the STEM program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The College & Career Academy will maintain between 800 to 1,000 students throughout the day providing both high schools with space for additional enrollment capacity on their existing campuses. The Academy will also be used by Texas A&M Commerce and Collin College for college course work for students and adults.”

STEM sounds grand. Does it not? Let’s look back one year to an article in the Washington Post titled Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds

On March 23 of this year, President Obama announced his plan to spend $240,000,000 on STEM education. FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Over $240 Million in New STEM Commitments at the 2015 White House Science Fair

Thomas Jefferson - public debt is the greatest of the dangers

Yes, we have gone all out to “inspire and prepare more girls and boys – especially those from underrepresented groups – to excel in STEM fields.” Based on what we know, we are preparing students to not be prepared to function in their actual career choices.

Ask yourself. Is this a good time for Rockwall ISD voters to add a quarter-billion dollars in debt on our backs?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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