Budget Cuts

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Budget Cuts
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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 8:43pm
I'm just wondering how everyone else's district is doing on the budget cuts. I found out this weekend that we have to cut our per pupil expenditure by 50%. The thing is, we've all already ordered our supplies for next year, and most of us have already gotten them. Basically, we now have bills we can't pay.

It just really ticks me off. Taking HALF our money just isn't fair (and yes, I know life isn't fair).

I'm watching Boston Public right now (they're dealing with budget cuts, and theirs is only 20%), and I sure hope that other people, non-teachers, watch and realize the effect it has.



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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: shywon
Mon, 05-05-2003 - 10:20pm
I'm still waiting for people to wake up and get angry about a lot of what's happening in this country...and education is a *big* part of it. Big gov figures kid's can't vote, so they put education at a low priority. The game is that they blame the teachers a lot, and at the same time pull the rug out from under us. Lots of op ed pieces about those "lazy, unskilled" teachers, and Bush and others talking about "holding their feet to the fire" blah blah blah. Hello? As a profession, we're a pretty highly educated bunch. The average person working in the private sector who has similar levels of education and skill as teachers makes 40% more than we do!

Meanwhile, during all this budget cutting, larger class sizes, etc. here comes high stakes testing (all about campaign contributions and testing companies making a fortune)! Here come mandates about "scientific" reading instruction that aren't worth the paper they're printed on (it's all about Houghton Mifflin's campaign contributions and selling lots of "neccessary" newly formulated reading programs)! Here come unreasonable expectations, sanctions, "failed" schools, fired teachers, and vouchers! There go all the best teachers, fed up with all the *bs*. There goes public education--and here come smaller and smaller voucher amounts...until only the wealthy can afford education for their kids.

How short sighted and greedy. Don't they care that our children are our future?

Apparently not.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: shywon
Tue, 05-06-2003 - 12:01am
The local district is county-wide and considered urban. They just cut $10,000,000 by cutting just about everything including over 100 teachers, most of the nurses, and all of the elementary media specialists. They also cut all instrumental music for the elementaries and MS, all-day kindergarten, a lot of teachers aides, all coaching stipends, custodians...you name it. Of course the superintendent still has a $50,000+ car provided for free and the board members kept their fully paid insurance while staff members got a drastic increase in costs and cuts in services. Go figure. The community voted down a referedum to increase taxes by an average of $40.00 per household. It just doesn't make sense. I think the board and superintendent's insurance and car said something. Many also felt that they hit areas that impacted kids too much to try to scare everyone into voting yes. Now they really have a mess.

Sherry

Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: shywon
Tue, 05-06-2003 - 7:30pm
OMG, that's terrible! The hardest thing to save people from is themselves!

What's next? How is all this sitting with the community? Do they realize the error of their ways?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 05-10-2003 - 12:41pm
I don't think our community is as aware of the cuts as they should be. Either that, or they don't realize the impact they will have.

I was doing some reading, and the latest number I found was $18 million being cut from the Kansas City, MO school district alone. It was the biggest cut in the state. They are a district that is struggling anyway, and they are planning on cutting their alternative programs first- which will increase regular class sizes, create more disruptions, etc. They affect everyone, but only those of us who will have to make up the difference financially (teachers) notice right now.

It'll be interesting to see how things all work out next year. Can you imagine the outrage if they decide to cut back on sports?

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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 05-10-2003 - 4:57pm
When they cut all the coaching stipends here, and coaches threatened to resign and/or leave the district, they set up a foundation to collect donations to pay the coaches their stipends. No one cared to set up a charity to support all of the teachers and media specialists that were fired and completely without a job. What does that say?


Sherry

Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 05-10-2003 - 8:28pm
There is a school district in a suburb here that just voted in "pay to play". I haven't heard what the reaction from the community is yet but it is a district that has a "rich" area and a "poor" area so I imagine that there will be some reaction.
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 05-10-2003 - 11:28pm
It says a lot. I am actually a volleyball coach, but it's not my life. I am afraid that they'll cut my job next year b/c I'm the lowest man on the totem pole, and if they do then I won't cause any trouble. It's money that I really do need, but I'd rather that position be cut than my actual teaching position. Of course, I do know that a lot of the football money comes from booster clubs and donations, but it still looks bad. They should announce it over the loud speaker before each game so people don't think our district is excessively rich. We have one school that is literally falling apart (it still says "Puvlic School" on the front instead of "Public") and my school is in need of some massive gas line repairs. Our town just passed a bond issue for a new school and repairs, but I don't know if any of the money can make up for the loss for next year. The repairs won't happen for several years, either. It's just frustrating to see people who put such low value on education running our country.