THE ORIGINAL POST WAS A HYPOTHETICAL! Do you honestly believe the state would tap the rainy day fund to pay for band directors to stay at home and teach online rather than plugging some other massive deficits in the budget?
How about you answer this question - when the state has an income of x and expenses are y what happens? X is < Y in this equation. Remember who was cut the last time there was a reduction in spending on education....
Texas has 9.7 billion in its "rainy day fund."
This set of circumstances would certainly merit it being tapped.
Also: you're assuming the state will do something to waive property taxes being collected. Most of those were due before the current quarantine was put in place.
In short - the state has its money. School districts have their money.
SALES tax revenues are down. Sales tax doesn't pay for education.
And again, your entire post is based on "IF" .. which makes it alarmist. "IF" you have a contract for next year, YOUR JOB IS SAFE - unless the district declares a financial emergency.
If schools are closed next fall it also means that businesses will be closed either because they are closed or because they won't have a workforce because all of their workers will be at home with their kids.....
So follow the logic with me:
1. State is already taking a beating on revenues with everything closed, (yet government hasn't stopped spending because they haven't let any workers go)
2. Schools remain closed in August keeping business sales down meaning state revenue remains down
3. State has a major budget crisis which has to be addressed because they cannot print money
4. State makes drastic cuts to the education funding
5. Districts make drastic cuts to their budget
6. Electives just became expendable
I know how contracts work. I also know if there isn't any money there aren't any jobs. I also know that education is funded by property tax which theoretically isn't taking a hit but if the economy really goes into a depression long-term because we stay closed for an extended period of time it will be catastrophic. Local jurisdictions will not be able to freely max out the property appraisals as sales decline and market values decline. I'm not an alarmist. I want schools to open. But if it doesn't.........
Know how I know you don't know much about how contracts work?
If you've signed your contract for next school year, and many of us have, you are GUARANTEED a job next school year, unless the school district declares a financial emergency.
Your post is alarmist at best and ignorant at worst. Please educate yourself. Look into TCTA, AFT-Texas, or any of the other not-Unions that represent teachers to learn about your rights.