Education 2010: No money. Zip. Nada. None. Go fish.

I was at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education program for education writers most of Friday.

Here is the message of the day in a single line:

THERE IS NO MONEY. NONE. NOT EVEN A DIME IN THE COUCH CUSHIONS.

Among the presenters: Kathy Cox, state school superintendent, Erin Hames, education policy director for the governor, Alan Essig of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Herb Garrett of the Georgia Superintendents Association. The teacher of the year was there as were many state people and representatives of the state’s education groups.

Without tax increases, Georgia schools will most certainly take considerable hits in the next two years.

How deep is the financial hole at the state level? So deep, said Essig, that even wiping out 20 state agencies and the legislative branch and firing the 13,000 employees in those agencies wouldn’t plug it.

And it’s no better in local communities, which are also under water due to falling property digests and record unemployment.

Solutions?

Cox said fewer reductions to education by the Legislature and more flexibility would be starters.

“We have to give local systems the ability to manage through this,” said Cox. “There is no way they can manage their budgets with what the state is giving them and what has happened to local revenues. They have to able to move money around and raise class size. There is no way around it. Do we want them to go from where they are now to 40 or 45 kids in a class like they are doing in parts of California? No. But they have to have some flexibility.”

Explaining that 80 percent of education spending goes to teacher salaries, Essig said there are very limited ways to save money, including pay teachers less or have less school.

He criticized the Legislature’s stubborn insistence on holding the line on new taxes, saying most states have not made cuts as deep and wide as Georgia because they were willing to take the political heat and impose increases in fees and taxes. Yet, Georgia is among the top 10 states in the size of its deficit.

Despite the state’s money crisis, Essig said the General Assembly is still contemplating new special interest tax breaks that will eliminate hundreds of millions from the tax rolls each year.

If those tax breaks are granted, the money has to be made up somewhere, and it will likely be education.

Essig suggested the state consider new revenue sources, such as increasing in the cigarette tax, closing the corporate loopholes and putting a temporary 1 percent surcharge on households with incomes above $400,000. (Not likely in an election year.)

Following Essig with equal solemnity was Herb Garrett of the Superintendents Association. He outlined the local funding woes from the district’s point of view — continued and deeper QBE cuts, reduction state equalizing grants and the shorting of  systems in the local five mills share equation. He lamented the continued and dramatic underfunding of school transportation by the state, explaining that local systems are now picking up 75 percent of the bus costs.

Susan Walker, policy and research director for the Georgia Partnership, outlined the top 10 issues of education for 2010. Her list included the grim budget, Race to the Top, data systems, turning around low achieving schools, charters, litigation, rural Georgia, college access, great teachers and standards and assessments. (The report on the top 10 issues is available for free. Go to the Parternship site for info.)

Given the uncertain political future in Georgia and the shaky economy, Walker said, “Stability and predictability appear lights at the end of a distant tunnel.”

Many speakers referenced Georgia’s Race to the Top application, which was among 41 vying for a slice of a new $4.35 education billion pie. (Here is the link to Georgia’s  200-page Race to the Top application. )

The Obama White House created the competition to spur states to new inovations to improve k-12 .

There are two deadlines to apply. Georgia made the first one this week, but it is not clear how many states will get grants in this first go-around. Erin Hames of the governor’s office said it could be as few as three or four, meaning that there would be a good pot of cash left for the next RTTT deadline, which is in the spring.

The state folks seemed confident that Georgia’s 200-page application for RTTT money was a contender, helped along by a Gates Foundation grant that paid for an outside consultant to help share the document.

But if Georgia gets the money – which could be as much as $462 million – it won’t solve all our problems.

Cox gave a reality check on the Race to the Top funds, noting that much of it is earmarked for Title 1 students and schools. (A Title I school has to have 40% or more low-income students.)

Of Georgia’s 1.75 million students, 731,228 are Title 1, meaning that there are a million who are not and who won’t get a big benefit from RTTT.

In other words, Georgia can’t count on the feds to hand us money to educate all 1.75 million students in our public schools.

It’s time for school bake sales. Anybody have a recipe for a million dollar poundcake?

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[...] The Grim State of Georgia's Education Funding For the last few months, generally when anyone asks about a teaching position, I have often tried to warn the original poster about how grim things are here. The funding situation is horrible. Many of us will face higher property taxes next year (though if your house has decreased significantly in value, you won't really notice it) for less services in our public schools. The Governor and most state legislators on the other hand, refuse to look at the revenue side as part of the problem. They focus only on spending and have the nerve to suggest even cutting taxes/fees in some areas which will further decrease revenue. This blog sort of summarizes well the grave situation here… Education 2010: No money. Zip. Nada. None. Go fish. | Get Schooled [...]

jim d

January 24th, 2010
7:37 am

RULE # 1: Create a crisis!

Has been CTAE teacher

January 24th, 2010
7:49 am

Georgia should at least be taxing Smokes see http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0222.pdf we are not even at the average with the rest of states except SC. Same for fire water and beer.

It will be interesting to see where this ends up. More prisons? Georgia leads the nation in state prisoners that are also High School drop outs. More crime? We are in the news with Atlanta and Macon in the top ten for per capita crime of their size cities.

Trickle down effect on our future means more importing of skilled, high tech people from other countries as the dumbing down of our students is almost a given in schools of tomorrow.

Thanks Sonny and all your predecessors. I am a political atheist I do not believe politicians will ever save us.

bob lablah

January 24th, 2010
8:07 am

I respect your teaching position but your analysis that more crime results from (DIRECTLY) from lack of highschool diploma which results from lack of school funding is by and large false. People end up criminals when parents don’t bring their kids up right. Those parents don’t teach their kids the importance of education. Their kids are lost and get into criminal activity. You could hand some of these people diplomas and they’re still going to commit crimes.

The problems for those people are within the 4 walls of their homes.

Northview (Ex)Teacher

January 24th, 2010
8:31 am

We always have money for football. UGA’s new coach gets $750K a year.

go to Hades jim d!

January 24th, 2010
8:31 am

Leave it to resident bigot and teacher hater jim d to make light of a terrible situation.

#1 Football Fan

January 24th, 2010
8:33 am

@Northview (Ex) Teacher

Don’t you stupid teachers realize that college football brings in revenue??? No wonder our kids can’t read. Thank God my little Missy is in private school where teacher quality is much much higher.

DAVID--AJC Truth Decector

January 24th, 2010
8:42 am

FOOL…………..NEW TAXES will not go to education…….IT WILL BE SPENT ON PORK..

john konop

January 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Instead of pointing fingers, we need to break down the walls between educational resources. We need to promote the integration starting in 7th grade between the tech/vocational and 4 years colleges in the private and or public sector with our public schools. This would increase quality while being more efficient with current assets.

We can also promote the same concept with private and home school kids. This is a tested concept that is working!

Macon….”We were extremely impressed with the number of students taking courses there and how they coordinated with the technical college and the business community,” Carpenter said. “We feel the setup helps a student jump start a career.”

The immediate benefits from the career academy include lower dropout rates, higher graduation rates and a more skilled labor pool in the county, he said.

The Newnan school’s Web site states the county’s dropout rate has fallen by half since it opened, and the graduation rate for students in dual enrollment programs is 98 percent.

Coweta’s SAT scores halted their decline and now exceed the state average, according to the school.

“The career academy will offer different benefits to the community, businesses, students and the school system,” Wall said. “We feel it will increase our high school graduation rate, lower the dropout rate, offer better courses for students, make them better prepared for post-secondary education, and give them real-world experience while they’re still in school.”

Carpenter and Wall said the academy, at first glance, may seem like a vocational-technical school. But there is a big difference: the active participation of the business community.

“It is very much like the vo-tech programs of the 1970s, with some of the same components, but it will be better,” Wall said. “The business and community partnership in this is much stronger than in the past.”…….

Gwinnett Parent

January 24th, 2010
9:01 am

Most of the $$$ goes to title 1 schools. Let’s start disbursing more funds to areas that are paying the taxes.

mrzip

January 24th, 2010
9:08 am

sounds like the lottery money is being stolen.how can the lottery claim it made billions last year,and now the school system is harping about no money?????SOMETHING IS WRONG,LIKE THE FOLKS AT RUN THE LOTTERY SYSTEM GETTING BONUS’S EACH YEAR THAT AMOUNT TO MORE THAN MOST FOLKS MAKE IN A LIFE TIME!!

ScienceTeacher671

January 24th, 2010
9:08 am

It just boggles the mind that Kathy Cox’s first response is increasing class sizes. I’d expect that from a legislator, but from a former teacher and current school superintendent? She ought to know better! How about eliminating some central office and DOE positions and putting those people back in the classroom to reduce class sizes? And so far, all the stimulus fund expenditures I’ve seen have been to create MORE central office and DOE positions.

Happy Teacher

January 24th, 2010
9:10 am

Horrible situation…hard to believe so many in the state and federal governments were asleep at the wheel for sooooooo long.

Our school is responding by founding the pavement for grants and we’re pursuing any opportunity to raise money out there. And we’ve been very successful. The crisis hasn’t afffected our students in the least, which is the bottom line.

Old School

January 24th, 2010
9:10 am

How about the legislature put a moratorium on the pork/special interest spending for a couple of years? They could even freeze their automatic pay raises.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

January 24th, 2010
9:15 am

Hey, UGA just hired a new “defensive coordinator” (at what? the cost of 6-7 teachers + benefits?), so all will be well on the state level.

In all seriousness, the perfect storm comes when, as in my native NY State, business stops coming in and starts pulling up stakes, heading elsewhere. Are GA students going to be able to travel to, say, Charlotte, and get jobs? Think this -business flight- isn’t happening already?

The state squandered what little money it collected, and allowed moneyed interests to escape a reasonable amount of taxes. Now, there is no where to turn. The only good news is, almost all the rest of the states are in similar economic circumstances. The bad news is, they are in better shape to offer “incentives” (bribes clothed as no-tax pledges) to businesses wiling to move there or expand.

Northview (Ex)Teacher

January 24th, 2010
9:15 am

#1 Football Fan,

Actually, you are the stupid one. Morons like you continually make categorical claims, which usually turn out not to be true. Football brings in revenue that benefits the schools? If that is true, why are UGA professors taking furloughs, and why is the instructional budget being cut next year? Where is all the financial benefit from football?

$750K for a football coach!!! I repeat, and this is true (unlike your claim), we always find money for football, even when there is no money for education.

Glad you found a school that caters to morons like you. So glad your daughter wont be challenged to learn to think for herself. I’m sure you couldn’t handle that.

Woof, woof, woof.

Cobb Educator

January 24th, 2010
9:19 am

Isn’t ironic how individuals will state that GA. is the highest paying state in the South for educators? THOSE THAT STATE THIS FAIL TO REALIZE THAT MOST EDUCATORS HOLD MASTERS DEGREES, SPECIALISTS AND EVEN DOCTORATE DEGREES. HOW MUCH WOULD WE BE PAID IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR? THEY FAIL TO REALIZE THAT TEST SCORES HAVE NOT ELEVATED DUE TO STUDENTS COMING TO SCHOOL UNPREPARED, UNFED, OR SOME EVEN ENGAGING IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION IS THE STUDENT’S LAST PRIORITY. WHERE IS THE PARENT INVOLVEMENT? GO TO ANY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY DURING PARENT CONFERENCE NIGHT AND YOU WILL ASK THE SAME QUESTION: WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? YET, WE CAN HAVE OUR SALARIES DECREASED, FURLOUGHS IMPOSED AND WHEN EDUCATORS RALLY, SUCH AS THIS WEEKEND, THE NEWSPAPERS HAVE NO COVERAGE!!! GET IT TOGETHER AS WE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN IN OUR HANDS AS TEACHERS. PAY NOW OR PAY LATER. IF WE CAN NOT CREATE EDUCATED CITIZENS IN GA. NOW, WHEN YOU BECOME ELDERLY, WHERE WILL THE FUNDING COME FROM FOR YOUR MONTHLY SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK? HHHHMMMMM THINK ABOUT IT!!! FUND EDUCATION!!!

bootney farnsworth

January 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Don’t dare ask me for another cent in taxes until the idiots in the legislature prove they can be responsible with the money they already get.

bootney farnsworth

January 24th, 2010
9:26 am

Most college football programs are actually big time money losers.

I’d like to see college sports go without being able to tap its
institution’s funds. Thoese which can survive, great.

Joy in Teaching

January 24th, 2010
9:27 am

From a teacher point of view, the furlough days truely suck. However, if it means that some other poor teacher gets to keep their job, then it is a sacrifice that I will make. Good thing I like dried beans and rice. Yes, school funding should be cut…somehow…just as the rest of the state is taking serious cuts because the money just isn’t there. You can’t get blood out of a turnip.

However, Perdue made “austerity” cuts to education for several years when the economy was good. Did he put that money in an education “rainy day” fund? Nope. It was spent on pork…or fish. He attempted to get his hands on the Teacher Retirement System so that he could “help it out.” Good thing he didn’t, eh? Or I’d have to teach for the next 40 years. (TRS is privately run, by the way, and one of the better maintained ones in the country.) Next, he backtracked on a state promise by denying teachers who achieved National Certification the 10% raise that they had earned. (It also isn’t in next year’s budget, either.)

Perdue is shameless. He needs to be physically picked up, carried out of the Capitol, and thrown down the steps. His cronies who have done very well during his terms as Governor should be tarred, feathered, and tossed over the state line into Alabama. It is obvious that Perdue doesn’t give a s**t about the state of Georgia.

Is there a way that we could impeach this guy NOW instead of waiting until the next election? I’m joining my fellow teachers on 2/23 on the steps of the capitol.

pay attention folks

January 24th, 2010
9:38 am

They are doing it again. There is legislation moving through the legislature to give school districts until May 15 (instead of the usual April 15) to issue teacher contracts.

http://www.ciclt.net/sn/leg/l_detail.aspx?ClientCode=gssa&L_ID=351429&L_State=ga&L_Session=2009-2010

#1 Football Fan

January 24th, 2010
9:43 am

@ Northview (Ex)Teacher

Why the ex in the signature line? Couldn’t hack it in the classroom? Or was it the parents who got rid of you? No? Maybe it was the evil administrators huh? Get a life loser.

ScienceTeacher671

January 24th, 2010
9:51 am

I agree with John Konop that better coordination, especially between vocational and K-12 schools, would benefit our students and our finances.

At one time, students could graduate from high school and vo-tech school at the same time, ready to obtain a skilled and well-paying job. Now in most cases we require students to wait until they finish high school, and then enroll in a 1-2 year tech college program, either at their own expense or using HOPE funds.

The end result at best is that it takes students another year or so and a lot more money to graduate ready to work, and at worst, the students never get the tech training at all due to lack of money and a need to go to work sooner in a lower-skilled job.

Jerry Watson

January 24th, 2010
9:55 am

If 80% of the budget goes to pay teachers, where does the other 20% go?
If the teachers are forced to take a furlough(nice name for a pay cut),is everyone including Ms Cox, taking a furlough? Surely those salaries that comprise the other 20% are also suffering a pay cut.Since income taxes are progressive, then why are pay cuts not progressive?
Distribution of education dollars should be directly related to the number of students without other confounding variables, as parental income, location of school,student teacher ratios,etc. Distribution by any other method assumes that student performance is a direct function of education dollars which research has proven to be true.

Not ready

January 24th, 2010
10:00 am

Were there any calls to cut administrative bloat by any of the presenters?

Not ready to have an honest discussion

Were there any calls to improve the teacher’s authority to hold students accountable, a move that nobody will deny would prove more effective than the billions that we’ve wasted in reform models, models that often stand in direct contradiction to each other, yet claim to be the answer?

Not ready to have an honest discussion.

Did the blog moderator point out the things that weren’t mentioned, which is more telling than the things that weren’t mentioned?

You guessed it. Not ready to have an honest discussion.

Not acknowledging administrative bloat, or the lack of authority teachers are given to hold students accountable and then claiming you are addressing education in Georgia, can be summed up in one word. Pretending. It’s like addressing the current situation in Haiti, yet not acknowledging the earthquake. Pretending.

Perhaps, in order to more accurately reflect the nature of the blog, the tagline should be changed from Let’s discuss, to Let’s pretend.

DannyX

January 24th, 2010
10:02 am

Gwinnett Parent said, “Most of the $$$ goes to title 1 schools. Let’s start disbursing more funds to areas that are paying the taxes.”

Ridiculous. No one from Gwinnett should be complaining about funding from the State for schools!

Gwinnett schools have been receiving extra money from a State fund set up for POOR school districts. Gwinnett with the help of the Georgia legislature took in 33 million dollars from this fund last year.

I guess one place to start would be to end this entitlement…….I’m sure all you teabaggers up in Gwinnett will agree.

ThrashFanMax

January 24th, 2010
10:03 am

As a first year teacher who was laid off at the end of last year, and one with a glowing review. Also one with a master’s in ed psych, I can tell you……the people allocating the spending of the money have no clue.

First to the football haters out there….football programs in most UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES pay for themselves. As do football programs at MOST high schools. That is a fact. Boosters and alumni pay a lion share of bonus and salary money in top programs. Get a grip.

Politicos and political wannabees are the ones driving our education programs into the mud. With a master’s I can not get a job teaching anywhere because positions are being cut and classes are growing. Yet our education system is dead last in quality. Yet Superintendents are getting $25k per year pay raises while our kids are losing programs and quality teacher time. Teachers are asked to do twice as much with half the money. Perdue has hired and GROWN state government but no one objects, and everyone points fingers at teachers for students failing to achieve. We have to teach a curriculum with no depth that is a mile wide, and yet parents take no responsibility when little Johnny is in trouble all day. Discipline of a few students cuts into precious teching time, but there is not teeth in school discipline policy. Here is a thought for school systems…..let experienced administrators run your schools not someone with three years in a classroom and a master’s in administration…..really you think they know??? Cut pork spending and pet projects from all areas of government. Manage state purchasing within each department, and cut out all duplicate positions…especially in the ranks of upper management. Administrative and support personell should be minimized and the people hired to do the job should do it, and not rely upon these people.

Finally, prisoners should be working for their upkeep. Make them grow, process, and cook their food. Make them clean government building at every level, have them picking up the trash on the roadside, have them paving the roads, building the buildings, and oh learning a trade. If they are too dangerous or refuse….then give them the minimum to keep them alive. Sorry but that is punishment for being a criminal. Spend more on our students than on our prisoners. Take out the A/C…take out the gym and the basketball courts. Send them out and make them read. Attack the 2x amount we spend on prisoners not the minimum amount we spend on students.

Cobb Taxpayer

January 24th, 2010
10:09 am

The very first action the Georgia Legislature needs to take is to discard and completely revamp the Georgia Teacher Salary Schedule with no grandfathering ! “Longevity and advanced degrees obtained” is at the heart of the problem and amounts to zero accountability of educators and stifles performance of the students of Georgia. What are the candidates for Governor saying ? Basically nothing ! They are all buying the “teacher” vote by ignoring the obvious !!

Wow...

January 24th, 2010
10:09 am

Gwinett Parent, are you real??? Just write off kids from lower SES, huh?

I think teachers will be better off if they don’t bring up football coaches here. Most (???) colleges may be losing money on their football programs, but I’m sure UGA is not. I think it benefits not only the school but also the area economy. Another thing to keep in mind is that football coaches don’t have the same job security as teachers do. They can be fired easily because their “students” don’t perform. The fact that they are willing to move also is contributing to the level of their salaries, too.

If we establish “teacher free agency” by posting test scores of each teacher’s class, maybe there will be other schools who will recruit high-performing teachers to save their programs and pay them accordingly.

DannyX

January 24th, 2010
10:14 am

Actually no one from Gwinnett should be complaining about school funding from the State of Georgia.

The Georgia legislature has been very nice to Gwinnett taxpayers. Very nice.

Seems Gwinnett with the help of our Republican lawmakers have been tapping into a fund meant for poor school districts. Gwinnett hauled in 33 million from this fund last year! 33 million! What a deal!

How about giving up that entitlement Gwinnett!

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

January 24th, 2010
10:15 am

“First to the football haters out there….football programs in most UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES pay for themselves. As do football programs at MOST high schools. That is a fact. Boosters and alumni pay a lion share of bonus and salary money in top programs. Get a grip.”

You need to get a grip on your lousy grammar and usage issues; no wonder no one will hire you

Second, most programs absolutely do not pay for themselves: the true accounting for stadiums and practice facilities, plus staff- and that includes everyone from coaches to those in compliance- are never counted in, except when an outside study is done. Those studies consistently find that college sports are money-losers. High school sports? Are you kidding? The schools always take out the costs of the facilities, on the theory that the school needs them anyways. The ‘accounting’ that they use always has assumptions that no CPA ever would.

John

January 24th, 2010
10:17 am

I’m tired of hearing all the whining about how all you people that spawned kids without regard to how YOU were going to pay for their upkeep and education are now upset that the endless supply of money is actually drying up. I don’t have kids and detest that parasites like you think that it is my job to pay for your little darlings education. Parents should have to pay a special tuition tax for EVERY kid they have in the system and that tax should cover the entire cost of educating your spawn. If you all are so concerned about your kids education, why isn’t there talk about what YOU can do to step up to the plate and ensure that the kids that YOU cranked out are taken care of by YOU instead of how you can tap into the wallet of someone else. PAY FOR YOUR OWN DAMN KIDS !!!!!

Critical thinking for teachers

January 24th, 2010
10:21 am

I find it amazing that so many teachers here will rightfully discuss the discipline issues that our politicians and educrats refuse to face, yet won’t question the author of the blog about her own refusal to address the issue.

Teachers, have you ever considered that you are doing yourself the ultimate disservice?
By not questioning the author of the blog on this, yet still blogging on this site, are you not in essence paying the salary of yet another media voice to marginalize you as a teacher?

Ole Guy

January 24th, 2010
10:24 am

Some years back, I worked for an operation which, when they sent you on the road, they would advance X monies to cover expenses. On one particular trip, some bonehead on my team decided to spend most of his per diem on booze, ladies, etc; during the remainder of the trip, he kept whining the “no money” song, pretty damn near begging for food money.

Somehow, I think there’s a message in that story about money management and unwise expenditures…like perhaps “GO Fish”.

pay attention folks

January 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Maureen,
A bit off topic, but have you heard any information from your sources at the DOE that the new math curriculum is being tossed? I hear it over and over, but I suspect it’s just a rumor-although boy would I love to see it happen!!

Bell Curve

January 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Pushing back the date for contracts means only one thing, there are more draconian cuts coming down the road. My system just changed its RIF policy to make it more subjective (people will who they don’t like will be the first to leave) so soon there will be “blood in the water” This is all part of the plan among the group of Republicans who want to destroy public education in this state completely. They are well on their way.

watch for it

January 24th, 2010
10:31 am

No doubt pay attention folks, Maureen will come on here and discuss this. She loves a policy wonk discussion, as it gives her some cover for not addressing the real elephants in the living room.

Gail

January 24th, 2010
10:35 am

Joy in Teaching—–it TRULY scares me when a teacher cannot spell…..

pay attention folks

January 24th, 2010
10:37 am

Watch for it….
This is NOT a “policy wonk” discussion, but rather a critical issue that is costing our state BIG time in so many ways.
We have an unproven math curriculum in place that several states have already tried and abandoned. The curriculum is failing our students, and our students are failing the courses in huge numbers. That, along with a one-size fits all college prep only diploma for all (beginning with the class of 2012) WILL lead to increased dropout rates which will COST our state taxpayers in the long run.

Rich

January 24th, 2010
10:38 am

Football coaches are not paid by state funds. And no, UGA did not lose money on it’s football program. The UGA Athletic Association was one of the most profitable programs. Disclaimer: I am not a UGA fan. I went to Tech, but the facts are the facts.

pay attention folks

January 24th, 2010
10:39 am

Gail,
Don’t be so hard on Joy. This blog needs an edit feature so we can edit our own posts. We all make misteaks.

ss teacher

January 24th, 2010
10:40 am

Ok here are some ideas:
1. All bonuses to principals based on how many students go to their schools is out until the crisis is over.
2. Encourage retirement for all teachers over 30 years, they are at the upper end of the pay scale and 2 teachers could replace 1. And don’t tell me we will miss the best teachers, I am in the system and I can tell you 80% of the time that is not true!
3. Cut the school year by 3 days from 180 to 177, there are wasted days. For example, at the end of the year high school students go 3 half days to take 2 exams why not 2 days 3 exams.
4. Eliminate all middle school sports, if a child wants to be in a sports program parents can pay for rec league. These are not money making programs.
5. Any child that has not graduated by 19 must pay to go to school.
6. Sell ad space on the outside of school buses.
7. We, the voting public, need to sign a petition to have put on the ballot an admendment to stop pork from getting in the yearly budget, it would need to be seperated.
I will be back at work tomorrow at a job I love and students that I hope in the future do better than their parents…

Rich

January 24th, 2010
10:40 am

One this blog and other similar ones, I hear a lot of whinning,but no solutions. And I am not sure that taking money from other programs or raising taxes on poeple who can not pay more is the answer. What are the solutions that you have to offer? Is it vouchers, that will reduce the number of kids in the school, but will not reduce overhead costs. So it may not be the answer to the money issue. Other issues, who knows. How do we manage the schools with the budget we have? Looking for solutions.

rosie

January 24th, 2010
10:42 am

Has anyone heard the state is considering cutting the number of school days in a year? How many districts are really looking at the cost savings of a four day school week w/extended hours on school days?

watch for it

January 24th, 2010
10:43 am

Gail, it truly scares me that people who don’t realize that an ellipsis uses only three periods are so quick to denigrate teachers…

watch for it

January 24th, 2010
10:44 am

pay attention folks, it looks like Gail should have paid attention to her own glass house before throwing stones…

Rich

January 24th, 2010
10:47 am

ss teacher – some good suggestions. I am not sure that cutting the principals would agree to such a cut in income. Or they will ask why should they bear the brunt of the costs.
Retirement – Not sur eit will help the problem, are the pensions funded already or will they need to be paid out of general funds also?
Cutting the school year – agree, there are a lot of non educational activities that could be removed.
Eliminate sports – That’s a start. Band may fall into the same group. If parent want it, they may have to pay for it.

Rich

January 24th, 2010
10:49 am

For all those who want to trash my typing or spelling errors. Have at it. It will not improve my skills.

watch for it

January 24th, 2010
10:52 am

Not saying it’s not an important issue pay attention; I’m saying when it comes to other important issues that actually advocate giving the teacher more authority and support, Maureen is nowhere to be found.

In fact, if Maureen were to be asked about Haiti, the odds are she would say the biggest problem currently facing Haiti right now is no doubt weak and ineffective teaching.

Maureen will address your topic. Bank on it. Gives her cover for the topics she won’t address.

Gail

January 24th, 2010
10:54 am

OK guys, I will apologize to JOY. Unfortunately, because I AM A TEACHER, and see how these kids spell everyday, it bugs me. OK?