Guest Post By Charles Sutherland
While a needed step in the right direction, School Superintendent Magouyrk’s draft budget to reduce costs requires some analysis. As usual, the devil is in the details.
Before rendering judgment, several questions should be asked: (1) why eliminate technical and ‘shop’ teachers when so many students require these skills for their future; (2) who decides which teachers are to be terminated, since many who ‘retired’ long ago and merely show up every day (almost) to get a paycheck are ‘protected’ by the association; (3) who decides which staff members are to be terminated, since many merely occupy chairs and desks and just shuffle papers around, but are part of the ‘old girls network’; (4) will the plan eliminate most ESOL staff and teachers, thereby compelling the students to learn English the old-fashioned way, by studying and making an effort – the way it has been done all over the world for centuries, and is still done globally today everywhere except in the U.S.; (5) will there be stricter verification of the students’ City residence , thereby reducing the number of unlawful students, evidenced by the number of out-of-state license plates on campuses and at bus stops; (6) will there be stricter enforcement of the Commonwealth’s ‘original birth certificate’ requirements for enrollment, to reduce the number of illegal aliens; (6) will the truancy costs be passed onto the ‘truant parents’ by having them reimburse costs of enforcement of their own children; (7) will there be a process to verify financial information (currently another welfare joke) to receive free lunches and breakfasts in order to reduce the 60% of students who receive them, a number continually expanding.
There are a multitude of cost-cutting issues which have nothing to do with reducing staff and teachers. But these issues require some thinking and courageous actions.
It should be observed that these PhD’s who claim to know the difference between Schiller and Shakespeare don’t seem to understand the role of education in society, and lack empathy with the people they pretend to help. By eliminating technical and ’shop’ teachers, the school system would (1) destroy the occupational opportunities for many students who don’t care about The Merchant of Venice, (2) force dozens of unqualified/uninterested students into classes they don’t want, which would then inevitably lower the atmosphere and academic standards of those classes for the other students; (3) require more teachers for those now-expanded classes, thereby cancelling AP courses in order to fill that void, and, consequently, impair the education of the gifted and talented students.
Many needed changes in the system required intelligent, authoritative action, qualities lacking in the School Board — whose first official action after their election was to waste time, effort, and resources by seeking $10 Million of federal money in order to bury problems with cash… to avoid making hard decisions. Thus, the first place to cut costs (and reduce the implementation of stupid ideas) is to by-pass the nepotistic and misprision School Board. Since $50 Million a year comes from the City taxpayers, Superintendent Magouyrk should make her proposal to a special, paid Education Committee of the City Council. That would compel the City Council to take direct responsibility for spending so much taxpayer money, rather than hiding behind a School Board which everyone in town knows is an arrogant, nescient cabal. The School Board is the single thing about the school system regarding which everyone seems to be in general agreement. Like the many good teachers in the school system, Superintendent Mygouyrk surely realizes that by now and needs to be rescued from the School Board, in order to rescue the City’s lawful and parentally neglected students.
The opinions expressed here are solely the views of the author, and not representative of the position of any organization, political party, doughnut shop, knitting guild, or waste recycling facility, but may be correctly attributed to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. If anything in the above article has offended you, please click here to receive an immediate apology.
Leave a Reply