Have you seen this... ?

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Have you seen this... ?
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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 9:50am

I was reading CNN this morning (it's easier than waiting for our afternoon newspaper) and saw an article about a group called "First Class Education". I'm not sure yet what I think of it. Basically their purpose is to get school districts to spend 65% of their *operating expenses* (not building new buildings) on the classroom (teacher salaries, supplies, etc.). Right now, Ohio (where I am) ranks 47th and spends less than 60% on their classrooms. You can find out how your state does with the group's website (link below).

From what I'm reading, it seems they want to cut back on salaries for nurses, counselors and librarians (which I don't agree with), transportation (I also don't agree with if it means to/from school, field trips okay, sports okay, but not getting to/from school), and administrative costs (including the administration salaries).

Some of that I really like the idea of. But I'm not really sure about the whole thing. I just wondered if anyone else had seen it, what your thoughts are, etc.

Oh, and here's a link to the group's website:
http://www.firstclasseducation.org/

Here's an article about the group:
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/metro/stories/08/30sixtyfive.html

And another:
http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=136&languageId=1&contentId=63787

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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 11:39am
Yes I've seen it and I can tell you as a librarian that the school division of the ALA is totally against this program. For one thing they will gut library budgets to give money for classroom books only. And it's amazing how they consider the almighty SPORTS programs to deserve "classroom" money. Since when is a football field a classroom?!
Don't even get me started on how warped we are in the US about sports! I hate it! The year I lost my job in a school district hardly a whimper was heard that the district decided to cut a librarian to save money but when they were going to institute a "pay for play" program the parents and students actually took to the streets and blocked traffic in front of the district office to protest it. How's that for screwed up priorities?
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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 8:51pm

I hear you. I have no problem with them demanding 65% be put into classrooms. I also have no problem with the idea of cutting back on administration funds (if other districts are anything like ours, they are paid *really* well). I do have a problem with cutting librarians, counselors, and nurses. Those are areas that, in my opinion, are also "for the classroom." They directly impact the kids. Some of the positions at the board office do not (including and especially "athletic director").

I wrote the guy and told him that he'd get a lot more people on board if they made the cuts where it's necessary (sports, transportation -- ONLY the transportation that has nothing to do with getting to/from school on a typical day, and administration).

Right now, we just got an e-mail asking us to support an income tax increase to help our budget which is too low to continue as is for anything beyond next year. I can't say that I do support it. Not at all, actually. I'm sick of being taxed to death and yet my pay raises don't even equal cost of living increases. And I AM a teacher in the district asking for that income tax. No way will I support that measure. No way!