Yesterday, I was laid off from my job as a crossing guard. I was planning to quit anyway, so this was no loss; but the topic of discussion is the cutting of safety personnel. My kid's elementary school just went from 4 crossing guards to one. I think the total projected savings from cutting crossing guards was something like $250,000 districtwide. While I would rather have my position cut rather than cutting teachers, I wonder how my principal is going to decide where to put her only guard. I suspect it will be at my position, a 40 mile per hour, four-lane road without an intersection at the crossing. Five teachers have been laid off at the elementary, and I don't know how many additional staff, and yet I look at the school, and can see no wasted staff or teachers. Every school in the district has portables because all of the schools are overfilled. Next year they will stuff 25 fifth graders into each portable classroom. It all makes me want to do this Texas spends so little money on schools to begin with, it breaks my heart that they have to cut further. In "rich" districts, like my own, we are limited by the legislature on raising taxes. Our tax rate can't be higher than a certain point, and we give money to the lege so they can redistribute it. Only now, we give tax dollars to the lege, and it isn't coming back. Then the gov has the gall to say that the state isn't cutting teachers, individual districts are. Right that the districts do the firing, but completely wrong on the reasons. Yet again, Texas schools are going to end up in court.