Squawk of the day - Feb. 23, 2012

"According to The Albany Herald on Saturday, public schools are facing more than $1 billion in state funding cuts. This will mean more furloughs for teachers. How can we even consider state-funded charter schools or HR 1162? Public schools should be outraged."

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cameron06 3 years, 5 months ago

More furlough days? Why not cut education all together, our teachers are under paid and our students aren't learning. . . And those who desire to learn can't because the govt refuses to spend money on education.

My future congress will be overweight, overpaid couch potatoes who look to google to solve their problems. Wait, they won't be able to read ither! Smh


Jack_Frost 3 years, 5 months ago

If we keep pushing furlough days for teachers, how will administrators and school board members get the full value of their efforts to defraud the free lunch program?


Albanite 3 years, 5 months ago

Stop scaring the teachers. What it should mean is that fat, grossly overpaid administrators will stop getting paid like doctors. Public schools have proven one fact beyond any doubt - as the money goes up, administrative salaries go up, purchasing fraud goes up, and academic results along with test scores go down.


VSU 3 years, 5 months ago

34 gets an unearned raise and was already overpaid, yet the teachers get the shaft. The teachers should go on strike.


LuLu 3 years, 5 months ago

LET public schools be outraged! They are the reason there's such an outcry for charter schools!


waltspecht 3 years, 5 months ago

Charter Schools for the most part are cheaper to run, have far fewer discipline problems and provide a better education than Public Schools. Maybe the Public Schools should open their eyes and start to show a marked improvement. I can't think of one Charter School that has it's own Police Force.


USTPC 3 years, 5 months ago

That is because, unlike public schools, charter schools get to cherry pick who goes to the school and are not forced to take any and all students in their particular district. Kind of like private school except that charter schools are funded by the state rather than private funds.


PatrickY2K 3 years, 5 months ago

Education is just like everything else - you get what you pay for. Adminstrators (who haven't laid eyes on a student in years) are paid way too much, and there is a great deal of wasteful spending. Focus on that! Furloughing teachers cuts instructional time for students (by 3 days in the DCSS), and gives teachers less time to prepare. It also encourages teachers with 30+ years to retire - with the small difference in pay between continuing to teach and retiring, it doesn't make sense to continue working (bye bye, experience).

The community depends on teachers to provide a healthy future. Lessening class time, running-off the experienced teachers, and not attracting good teachers are the results of choices. The crime rate, unemployment rate, and our inability to attract businesses is a side effect.


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