Amidst the usual drama we get every year about how the Prince William County Schools are supposedly severely underfunded, Board Chairman Milt Johns wants to explore giving the School Board taxing authority. That’s not because this Republican thinks your taxes are too high, no, the whole idea here is to make them higher, even though the schools are already receiving a whopping 57% of your local tax dollars. The school system’s insatiable hunger for your wealth continues unabated, even as the school system won’t even examine why it’s appetite is so out of control.
The schools need more of your money because apparently we don’t have enough electronic billboards being erected in front of schools like the one that appeared recently in front of Stonewall Middle School. One school got one of these for some crazy reason, creating a “sign gap” between the haves and have-nots, so the school system is as rapidly as possible erecting mini-jumbotrons in front of schools across the county to display electronic government propaganda to passing motorists. We can somehow afford electronic billboards, but we can’t give teachers a raise when no one in the private workforce seems to be getting raises, either. But public employees are special, somehow.
We can however afford to pay the Superintendent more than any other county employee, maintain a communications staff that produces video that no one watches, blow millions of dollars on a morale-crushing software program called iStations that students utterly despise yet is used to evaluate teacher performance, and subsidize lunch for education bureaucrats at the Taj Mahal. Yeah, we heard that Taj Mahal food services are supposedly self-supporting, but don’t believe that for a minute. Amidst all of this wasteful and ineffective spending, we supposed to believe that core responsibilities such as teacher compensation cannot be met.
Yeah, let’s give these folks the authority to set a tax rate. Bigger jumbotrons for everyone.
If the staff at Prince William County Schools, and the School Board which for the most part is lead around by the nose by this staff, actually cared about having funding that would be adequate to the burdens they should bear, they’d be looking somewhere else in order to find a solution to their fiscal challenges. It’s not that taxes are too low. It’s not that revenues aren’t sufficient. It’s actually not about the degree of wasteful spending we see. It’s something quite simple, but requires a little intestinal fortitude and dedication to principle even when that’s not entirely comfortable. Here’s the simple formula that would ensure adequate resources for our schools:
If you want to raise a teacher’s salary tomorrow, deport an illegal alien today.
It’s that simple. The costs of illegal immigration on our school system is crushing it, and we will never be able to afford the costs of a system that is flooded with illegal aliens and the children of illegal aliens.
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