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Erwin44 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 3:56 PM
We're so "invested in education" in my NY town that we're moving the hell out of here when the market rebounds a bit ... as we're "invested" to over $80 million a year for the school budget. We have twice as many gym teachers as needed ... making low six figures a year to stand around and watch kids do laps on the track ... or during a heavy workload day, roll out the kickballs. Administrators grabbing $300K hand over fist, driving in BMWs from expensive suburbs. And if you are dumb enough to age in place ... in a place like this ... you'll be breaking your back to pay for the retirement packages their union bought off of dishonest politicians. Obama says 'if you want a role model find a teacher' ... reality says, if you want 50% tenured
Erwin44 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 3:57 PM
dead wood phoning it in and raking it in off the sweat of your brow ... find a teacher.
Topeka Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 7:11 PM
Erwin,

Yes, in one district we lived in the average administrator (with about 12 years in the district) made about 120k base. With the administration staff at about 40% of the labor, and the retirement system running about 10%, only about half the districts budget went to edumacation teachers, facilities, utilities, and "stuff" like pencils and books.

... and they kept sweating us for little fees, donations, and nickels and dimes.

Fire the lot of 'em. Hire young people who can read and write, and put those in the lower grades. Hire the unemployed geeks at half the pay to teach the upper grades... and any chump kid who steps out of line - put in a boot camp (and if that fails export 'em).

That would be a good start.

How many times have you heard Barack Obama talk about "investing" in education? Quite a few, if you've been listening to the president at all.

In fact, Americans have been investing more and more in education over the years, led by presidents Democratic and Republican. But it's become glaringly clear that we're getting pretty lousy return on these investments.

That's been evident at the K-12 level for a long time. Teacher unions and education-school types have had custody of most of our public schools for more than three decades, during which test results and high school graduation rates have been mostly...