Our state budget is cutting support of publc schools. Faculty and staff cuts along with programs such as library, music, art and sport. Anyone else?
NJ Gov. Christie in order to balance the budget has made drastic cuts to all school systems. The cuts are across the board and asking teachers to give up salary increases and benefits. Most affected are middle schools sports, non traditional sports, music, art and elementary school language programs. Students themselves are worried. How have other states and schools responded to similar circumstances?
It is happening in FL as well. In fact Senate Bill 6 (SB6 has already passed the Senate) cuts teachers salaries 6% across the board in order to start gathering a pool of money to cover the costs of merit pay in 2013 and to develop end of course tests. We are hoping Gov. Christ will veto the bill, but it doesn't look good. The Race to the Top plan has many flaws and programs like the ones you mentioned will be cut.
Alabama has been in a state of pro ration now for 3 years. Many cuts have been made except for the administrative area. In other words, the superintendent still gets paid 150k a year. My idea is that some state's are mismanaging the funds. Some are repairing bridges that are in the middle of no where and yet do not see that those funds need to be dropped because we are in a state of recession. Education should always be priority and the children should not suffer b/c of bad money management or over indulgence of pay. Also, I think parents should come to the rescue too. We need to understand that many hands make light work. Donating 100 towards books and supplies would not be so much to ask in times of need.