posted on Jan, 7 2004 @ 03:49 AM
I think a lot of it has to do with power and recognition. If you build buildings, there is power. If you equip teachers for education and provide
supplies no one notices.
As far as the 2 mile distance, paid for parking and sports fees, I don't think they are a bad idea. 2 miles is a healthy walk, paid parking is a
revenue and safety enhancer, and sports fees are probably worth while. They make sense, as long as no additional spending occurs.
As far as flat screens, the power savings can justify the expense in some cases. I have 10 machines in my business, flat screen vs CRTs was an easy
decision when you look at the total cost issue.
I've heard horror stories from Wisconsin teachers. A lot of them get yearly take home pay reductions. That has got to be pretty demoralizing. Yet the
schools still fund huge athletic programs..... I'm not anti-sports, but if cost is an issue, reduce the schedule, reduce practise times, cut paid
positions, use volunteer coaches, reduce travel. Students can still get the value of sports at much much less cost. Then perhaps a teachers take home
pay could remain the same, or even acheive a nominal cost of living increase.
Here is another thought. The average public school in my area gets $8000/student. Average class size of 20.
$160,000 for a class
$60,000 for a top notch experienced teacher
$20,000 in benefits
$8000 for 1000 sq ft classroom ($8/sq is a little high)
$12000 for books and supplies (again top of the line)
$5000 for technology amortization
$5000 for music and arts programs
$1000 for sports programs ( intentionally low through volunteer labor)
$9000 general and administrative expense
$6000 utilities and ancillirary services
leaving $30000 in profit per classroom
There is no reason schools should be in trouble except for mismanagement of priorities. It looks like a pretty good investment for private enterprise