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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Second Time As Farce

NY Times:
As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets. But now that the federal government has come through with $10 billion, some of the nation’s biggest school districts are balking at using their share of the money to hire teachers right away.
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  1. Just makes me more eager for a November to remember.....when the Pelosi-Reid portion of the triumvirate was taken out of commission.

    Pink slips for them!! Hahahahaha!

  2. My guess is that money will be turned over to the Democrats to help fund the November election>

  3. We've been meaning to higher that 6th vice principal, and we didn't get our full 8% raise last year. And that should be raised to a more appropriate 10% anyway, so unless we pass another levy we won't be able to reinstate busses, football, and the arts programs you cheap heartless taxpayers. You should care about the poor kids as much as we do.

  4. Ha! No surprise since the threats of layoffs, class cuts, bigger classes, programs dying, etc. are mostly baloney. Budget gaps exist by and large because during flush times school districts, states and municipalities pass out raises as if the money will never dry up. When a recession rolls around, as is inevitable every 7-10 years, and revenues drop, they threaten horrible things will happen to avoid leaning on teachers' unions to modify contracts or cutting back on the exhorbitant salaries and benefits paid to administrators (the average school superintendent in my Westchester NY county makes in salary and present and future benefits around $500,000 a year).

  5. wanna know why the schools are suffering? Anchor babies. education without taxation representation!

  6. mikehinton: why should teachers get an 8% or 10% raise when the economy is in the tank? Also, all those things you mentioned could be funded with a pay freeze, allowing the fuel for buses, arts, etc. Our county is doing just that, because our teachers care more about the kids than apparently you and your ilk.

    BTW - we so-called "heartless taxpayers" pay your salary. And they are OUR kids! We care about them much more than any teacher in a school could.

    (Sorry for feeding the trolls; I just can't stand these clowns acting like they are victims!)

  7. DINORightMarie, I think perhaps mikehinton was simply pointing out the anticipated response of educators to any proposed cuts, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

  8. DINORightMarie: Whoops. I thought my tongue was far enough in my cheek. But what does that say about these people that you could believe I was serious?

  9. Mike - I realized that you were writing "tongue in cheek". However, when one reads about the level of waste in all areas of the public sector while the private sector is demonized, then it is very easy to misread the intention of the comments.

    We need to maintain this level of voter anger to demand better people at all levels of government.

    It is also very frustrating for those of us in the private sector to have been required to pay into Social Security and Medicare as well as fund our own private 403b/401k. Now, we find out that we probably won't be getting anything from Social Security and Medicare will probably deny us essential care. In addition, I read about suggestions made before Congressional committees to force us to move our private savings accounts to a government controlled account.

    The reason - the wild swings in the stock market means that we are just being manipulated by those evil "fat cats" and we need the protection of our government to provide for us. Ha! Like they have done a masterful job so far! (sarcasm alert)

    And going back to the comment by Mike, the number of spelling and punctuation mistakes made it appear that it was written by one of the top-rated educators that are employed in local school districts. For example, "higher" should be "hire". (another sarcasm alert).

    Now, I hope that I did not misspell a word!