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Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" Laid Off; Who is to Blame?

TruLib Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 1:00 PM
The United States as a whole spends over $90,000 on each student from K through 12. In the OECD only Switzerland spends more. It isn't the amount of money that's being spent it's how it's spent that determines the outcome. The teacher's unions have been in the drivers seat for years. Huge amounts of money have been wasted and kids have been short changed because of pandering to the unions. Whining about spending just serves to give cover to thieves and looters. This has to stop.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 2:39 PM
king10, think.
Please, think.

Okay, what amount of the 90k could you deduct for health costs and sports. I think we are talking at least 10k, probably more. That moves us down the list quite a ways.

And when it comes to percent of gdp the US is just above average: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/45/48/37864432.pdf

I can tell you where we might be #1 of major industrialized countries. We are ahead of Chile, Romania, and Israel though. Maybe that has something to do with the results?
king10 - exposing leftism Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 8:48 AM
ah, when the numbers don't agree with you they MUST be misleading....fool
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 6:34 AM
Trulib, From what I have read the numbers are misleading. And here's how. School systems in the US pay for sports. In most European countries this does not happen. In most European countries health benefits are paid by the state and not part of student spending. Factor those in, and I think you will find the US is in the middle of the pack.

The whiners you are mentioning are the top third college graduates. You're not even in the ball park to what they want with current spending. Think starting at 65k and moving up.
Soquel Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 1:29 PM
Examples of misspending by the union?

CHART: Results of California Teachers Association Campaign Spending (November 2010 Election)
http://www.twitpic.com/8e1nmr/full

TOTAL SPENDING: Over $11 MILLION

SUCCESS RATE: 11.6%

I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off.

Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students.

"My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who challenged me to go out of my comfort level a little bit, strive for the stars, and work hard," the veteran California educator wrote on her school's bio page.

Despite just being named Sacramento's "Teacher of the Year," Apperson was laid off as part of a massive budget cut.

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