School finances are a nightmare. Hundreds of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, literacy coaches and more could be cut as school officials respond to yet another flatline budget.
Over the past couple of nights the hand wringing has played out at Board of Education meetings. The timing of this teeth gnashing is curious. Why didn’t Superintendent of Schools John Ramos crack the alarm bell in April during the budget-making process? In the old days Superintendent of Schools Jim Connelly packed the City Council chambers during public hearings screaming for more loot. If you stop yelling, everything is fine, no? Barely a peep was heard this year. The job of superintendent and Board of Education members is to worry about the kids and effectiveness of the district, not worry about the taxpayer. Let the mayor and City Council worry about the taxpayer. There’s a flip side to this from the long-suffering taxpayer: yeah, baby, cut that education budget!
Are these job cuts and programs cuts good medicine for a troubled school district? Or is this an educational Bermuda triangle?
What say you?
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