Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three R$

Our state's school funding isn't exactly working really well. Local ballot initiatives ask for local property taxes to fund the schools. Our Small Town school system hasn't passed a levy for close to ten years, and the system has recently cut just about everything except for oxygen to the classrooms. Last night, a levy passed.

The school system should be able to keep 20 teachers that had been told they would lose their jobs otherwise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know, I have really mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I think education is the smartest investment our society can make. And when I hear that our local school district is cutting out instruction in music, art and foreign languages -- admittedly, not core competencies, but still things that make for well-rounded, well-educated people -- I despair.

On the other hand, the high school I went to was designed for 1100 students. When I was there, we had 1600. It was tight, but it worked. Now (30 years later) the school is actually down to 1100. But the physical plant has more than doubled, and they're talking about closing the school so they can build a bigger one. And the only thing I can think is, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?