Taxpayers want to know who American schools are really educating
People in District Four are bringing attention to the public school system. Taxpayers there want to know who our schools are really educating.
The Councilman for the district, Juan Narvaez, says it isn't fair to local taxpayers that Mexican residents get to go to school here free of charge. Some of the people we caught up with feel their children have every right to attend school here because they work in Laredo.
School district officials say that's the big misconception.
Council Member Juan Narvaez has been receiving complaints from people in his district on who our public school system is really educating:
“I have nothing against education but we want to educate children of our residents that pay taxes for the City of Laredo."
He says complaints state there are too many people living in Mexico, but when school let out today, our cameras caught a number of cars with Mexico plates picking up their children:
Mexican nationals that have their kids attending public schools here in the U.S. say the opportunities are much greater and the public school system is much better over here.
"Estan mejor. Para mi estan mejor."
Her fourth grader attends elementary school on this side of the border because she feels the education is much better:
“Esta muy bien que vengan a estudiar los ninos de Mexico aqui en Laredo, Tejas esta muy bien."
He too thinks it’s okay for kids living in Mexico to come over here to study, as long as their parents are working in the U.S.
"Yo trabajo, vivo en Mexico y mis hijos estudio aqui, somos Americanos no veo lo malo porque no pago impuestos."
He says, “I work here, live in Mexico, and my child who was born in the United States goes to school here. I don’t see the problem with that because I pay federal taxes.”
But the Laredo Independent School District sees a big problem with that.
They say it doesn't matter if you or your child is American. Citizenship is not required for education. It’s residency. In other words, you have to live in Laredo to go to school here:
“Unless you live here we can't educate-- now maybe that one fell through the cracks."
"Many times they get upset with us because they tell us well we're American citizens and that doesn't qualify them to be educated with us."
Laredo taxpayers want the schools to do more in making sure people who don’t live here get a free American education.