April 18, 2005

We got priorities

R.I. schools forced to consider deep slashes in elective curriculum subjects. But thank God Paris Hilton doesn't have to pay any inheritance tax.
Art classes are on the chopping block this year, just as home economics classes were last year.
The pendulum in Rock Island is swinging and slicing away at electives at Washington Junior High because of budget cuts and a lack of money from the state.

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At 4/18/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger LL Cool T said...

Take a look at the salaries of the veteran teachers that have more than doubled over the last 10 years if you want to know where all the money has gone. Every increase in state money goes to fatten the wallets of the old guard and prevents young teachers from entering the profession. Maybe the schools should also take a look at the 40-50% drop out rate that these high paid teachers have produced. If they could keep the kids in school until graduation the amount of state aid would increase for every child. Every 10 kids that drop out could pay for another teacher's salary. Enrollments are down, yet the number of teachers and administrators is up, up, up. Don't blame Springfield for the greed of the teachers who think their raise is more important than fiscal responsibility. Many State workers took a 3% DECREASE in their salaries over the last two years and don't get automatic raises for completing a mail order Master's degree. The abuse of the pension system by school districts that bump teachers salaries three years before retirement is one of the MAIN sources of the State's budget problems. Clean up your own house before you blame others.

At 4/18/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

That's one way of looking at it. And I'm sure some of your observations are areas where savings could legitimately be realized, but I find it hard to argue that teachers don't deserve a pretty decent living for what they do.
The fact that kids are showing up in classes with zero discipline, several grades behind in their skills, disruptive, even violent, can't be laid at the feet of the teachers. They have little to do with how these kids turn out, though they're expected to be teacher, parent, counselor, and just about everything else for some of these kids.
I say give 'em all we possibly can. I sure don't see any fat-cat teachers living a life of ease.

Do they have to paint houses and take other menial jobs during their time off because they're being paid so well? Or is it for some other reason?

As I said, some of your points should be examined, such as the pension inflation tactic that they use, but I simply can't see any harm in paying teachers and educators as much as possible.
I expect that if you immediately cut every teacher's salary by 10%, it probably wouldn't make up enough money to accomplish much anyway.


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