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Are public schools near you feeling the economic crunch?

 
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Are public schools near you feeling the economic crunch?
Georgia law requires that students attend school for 180 days each school year. However, "state budget cuts" have forced our county to cut its school calender back to 175 days.
I'm not even sure how they are legally getting away with that.

At the end of last year, 60 teachers were laid off county-wide. Some of them were rehired before school started back, but not all.

I'm wondering....
How many other school districts are making drastic cutbacks due to budget cuts?
Are they just trimming the fat, or is it a sign of how bad the economy really is?
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bump

Just cuz I'm curious and hoping someone will respond....
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The public school system is one the largest squanderers of taxpayer money that I've ever seen.

May they, and all of it's teachers and administrators burn in hell.
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In Hawaii they sure are!
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Of-fucking-course it it... Why educate when the goal is botards lacking thought?
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I go to the richest school in my county and for this year they are planning to make parking spots $200, sports $200, classes will be packed with 40+ students b/c of layoffs, freshmen sports are completely gone, there will be almost no dances, and there will be no more field trips that cost money. Not that I care, the economy is going down the shitter ad I bet we will be in madmax land before the end of the school year. I learned more over the summer from research alone than I did from the state indoctrination camp last school year, except in maybe math.
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I didn't *have* to, but felt compelled to buy school supplies and cleaning supplies for my kid's school. When I went to target, it was amazing to see how many cleaning products were lined up next to pencils, paper, backpacks, ETC.

It's almost like stores,along with the school system, now expect us to foot the bill. It's pretty nuts. Was NEVER this way when I went to school.
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nah, they never taught anything even when there was money ....
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in southern oregon the news just said that they received 55 million in emergency federal aid for the schools to prevent lay-offs....but we will find out in a few weeks what the "budget" is...the administrator speaking on the news said that there could still be a 3 million dollar deficit in the budget...which means more layoffs coming.

trying to understand why pumping fourteen trillion dollars of taxpayer money into corporations while cutting our schools down to "crap" status with no arts or culture at all will help improve our society?????????????
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Georgia law requires that students attend school for 180 days each school year. However, "state budget cuts" have forced our county to cut its school calender back to 175 days.
I'm not even sure how they are legally getting away with that.

At the end of last year, 60 teachers were laid off county-wide. Some of them were rehired before school started back, but not all.

I'm wondering....
How many other school districts are making drastic cutbacks due to budget cuts?
Are they just trimming the fat, or is it a sign of how bad the economy really is?
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budget cuts? we're raising property taxes so the teachers can have more money.
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My daughter's elementary school is now charging a $20 "classroom fee" for who knows what on top of the supplies we have to buy and all their fundraising crap they try to hock. Not to mention they have cut out the art teacher. Ridiculous.
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...trying to understand why pumping fourteen trillion dollars of taxpayer money into corporations while cutting our schools down to "crap" status with no arts or culture at all will help improve our society?????????????
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Of course, it will not help in the long term, nor in the medium term. This crisis is being managed on a timetable of much lesser duration.

With respect to your question, the decisions and actions which brought us to this point are a long discussion. They are also no longer relevant.

What resulted in those decisions was that the entire financial system was on the edge of collapse in 08'. People can argue about the genesis of this meltdown all they want and say that the fed and banksters have screwed the taxpayers (this may be true). But people need to open their eyes to the gravity of the situation. The feds did what they had to do to prevent a total collapse. I do not agree with their decision or their policies but that is not relevant anymore. They did what they had to to prevent a systemic collapse.

Now they have not solved the problem in any way, only slightly delayed its outcome. Now all they are doing is rearranging deck chairs at this point. The ship has struck the berg and it is rapidly taking on water... And it will sink.

They only question is how orderly will the collapse of this current system be. But there should be no mistake, this current system is collapsing.

Some folks see this reality and others are yet hopeful. While others who promote business as usual hide this fact to keep the masses calm.

This I also understand, though I disagree with it.

Sorry to be blunt.
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My daughter's elementary school is now charging a $20 "classroom fee" for who knows what on top of the supplies we have to buy and all their fundraising crap they try to hock. Not to mention they have cut out the art teacher. Ridiculous.
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lol i wouldn't pay. nor would i buy supplies for the rest of the class.
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The public school system is one the largest squanderers of taxpayer money that I've ever seen.

May they, and all of it's teachers and administrators burn in hell.

You took the words right out of my mouth.
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Our school district offered early retirement to many teachers & a principal. 6 retired. Now one principal is splitting his time between the middle school & th elementary school.

Our property taxes have gone up again, the amount going towards the school district has increased by 3%.

They are looking at cutting money for home schoolers.
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...trying to understand why pumping fourteen trillion dollars of taxpayer money into corporations while cutting our schools down to "crap" status with no arts or culture at all will help improve our society?????????????


Of course, it will not help in the long term, nor in the medium term. This crisis is being managed on a timetable of much lesser duration.

With respect to your question, the decisions and actions which brought us to this point are a long discussion. They are also no longer relevant.

What resulted in those decisions was that the entire financial system was on the edge of collapse in 08'. People can argue about the genesis of this meltdown all they want and say that the fed and banksters have screwed the taxpayers (this may be true). But people need to open their eyes to the gravity of the situation. The feds did what they had to do to prevent a total collapse. I do not agree with their decision or their policies but that is not relevant anymore. They did what they had to to prevent a systemic collapse.

Now they have not solved the problem in any way, only slightly delayed its outcome. Now all they are doing is rearranging deck chairs at this point. The ship has struck the berg and it is rapidly taking on water... And it will sink.

They only question is how orderly will the collapse of this current system be. But there should be no mistake, this current system is collapsing.

Some folks see this reality and others are yet hopeful. While others who promote business as usual hide this fact to keep the masses calm.

This I also understand, though I disagree with it.

Sorry to be blunt.
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i respectfully disagree in the fact that the feds did what they could to ensure a collapse of an even greater magnitude rather than try to prevent collapse...once the extortion of the bailout was passed...no recovery was possible...had they pumped 14 trillion dollars into the development of our infrastructure and mandated that us corporations hire us labor...remove illegal aliens etc....different story
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...trying to understand why pumping fourteen trillion dollars of taxpayer money into corporations while cutting our schools down to "crap" status with no arts or culture at all will help improve our society?????????????


Of course, it will not help in the long term, nor in the medium term. This crisis is being managed on a timetable of much lesser duration.

With respect to your question, the decisions and actions which brought us to this point are a long discussion. They are also no longer relevant.

What resulted in those decisions was that the entire financial system was on the edge of collapse in 08'. People can argue about the genesis of this meltdown all they want and say that the fed and banksters have screwed the taxpayers (this may be true). But people need to open their eyes to the gravity of the situation. The feds did what they had to do to prevent a total collapse. I do not agree with their decision or their policies but that is not relevant anymore. They did what they had to to prevent a systemic collapse.

Now they have not solved the problem in any way, only slightly delayed its outcome. Now all they are doing is rearranging deck chairs at this point. The ship has struck the berg and it is rapidly taking on water... And it will sink.

They only question is how orderly will the collapse of this current system be. But there should be no mistake, this current system is collapsing.

Some folks see this reality and others are yet hopeful. While others who promote business as usual hide this fact to keep the masses calm.

This I also understand, though I disagree with it.

Sorry to be blunt.

i respectfully disagree in the fact that the feds did what they could to ensure a collapse of an even greater magnitude rather than try to prevent collapse...once the extortion of the bailout was passed...no recovery was possible...had they pumped 14 trillion dollars into the development of our infrastructure and mandated that us corporations hire us labor...remove illegal aliens etc....different story
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Yes, you are quite possible (I do not have the facts to debate with). My point is that what is relevant to folks NOW is to really understand the gravity of the situation which is impending upon society and to prepare as best they can.

peace to you,
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I live in Ft. Collins, CO I know that they are shutting down 5+ elementary schools and getting rid of a lot of after school programs.

I am also attending Colorado State University and tuition has increased every semester I have been here. Seems like the Colorado budget crisis and funding out here is becoming a huge issue like it is in many other states.
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The schools around me were changed over to FEMA daycamps a long time ago. Got to get all the kiddies properly conditioned.
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No. I supply a product for schools and I try to donate approximately 5,000 to 10,000 dollars worth of product to the schools each year here in Oregon. In twenty years they have not accepted it. Yet the will happily pay for it. Go figure that out.
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No. I supply a product for schools and I try to donate approximately 5,000 to 10,000 dollars worth of product to the schools each year here in Oregon. In twenty years they have not accepted it. Yet the will happily pay for it. Go figure that out.
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You say product, what is the product?
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I go to the richest school in my county and for this year they are planning to make parking spots $200, sports $200, classes will be packed with 40+ students b/c of layoffs, freshmen sports are completely gone, there will be almost no dances, and there will be no more field trips that cost money. Not that I care, the economy is going down the shitter ad I bet we will be in madmax land before the end of the school year. I learned more over the summer from research alone than I did from the state indoctrination camp last school year, except in maybe math.
 Quoting: sum_peeps

Yes, well our schools are too much about parking, sports and dances, and too little about math and a few other basic subjects, some of which also depend on math. (Science training has little professional value until you can write things mathematically.)

We could do without the frills, including a lot of our "social studies", and focus and do better.
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Our school district offered early retirement to many teachers & a principal. 6 retired. Now one principal is splitting his time between the middle school & th elementary school.

Our property taxes have gone up again, the amount going towards the school district has increased by 3%.

They are looking at cutting money for home schoolers.
 Quoting: mopar28m

I'm living in my house for 24 years. My taxes have gone up 4% almost every year for that time. I live on Long Island, NY. I would have loved 3%.





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