An inability to prioritize is a pretty strong indicator.
The $135 million budget cut proposal from the Texas Education Agency includes one item that will probably not please Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
The agency suggests eliminating the $1 million needed to test high school athletes for steroids next year.
Dewhurst had championed the 2007 bill that created the testing program at a cost of $6 million over two years. The program produced 11 positive tests from a pool of 29,000 student-athletes tested in that time.
Among TEA’s other suggested cuts are a number of reductions to the Texas High School Initiative, which is an effort to help low-performing high schools; grants for new science labs; and textbooks.
Which of the aforementioned items sounds to you like the best place to spend a million bucks in this economy? It’s been clear to me for awhile that this is a poor use of the state’s money. I don’t know why David Dewhurst is incapable of recognizing that.