Friday, November 6, 2015

Springfield schools ponder Act 46 and budget restraints

Springfield school officials pledged they would not exceed the state school spending cap, which will likely mean cutbacks in the coming 2016-17 school budget.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20151105/NEWS02/151109682

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  1. “Cost savings? I don’t see how it materializes,” said McLaughlin, who said he had a “healthy skepticism” about any cost savings.

    Naturally! You have a healthy skepticism about cost savings while we the taxpayers have a healthy skepticism about your school budgets that produce perennial increases in our tax rates!

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    1. What does he care about the towns taxes? He lives in Brattleboro! Fire him and hire someone who actually has a vested interest in Springfield.

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    2. Good thought, but do you think anyone from Springfield is qualified? I do not.

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  2. chuck gregory11/8/15, 8:55 AM

    Yes! Far better to have our children grow up stupid than have our taxes raised.

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    1. No! Throwing more money at schools with declining enrollments, much of it used to provide social services that are available elsewhere indicates that we are already stupid.

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  3. Money doesn't make anyone smart Chuck, anymore then all the States liberal programs, to rid the state of drugs and drug addiction. Most people know that it just lines the pockets of people like you and your liberal cronies at the expense of the struggling Vt. taxpayer!

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    1. chuck gregory11/9/15, 4:22 PM

      I'm sorry, 10:24, but when you pay top money in your field, you get the smartest flocking to you. See "Wolf of Wall Street" to see how works there.

      Finland has the best educational system in the world. It has no teachers' colleges. Because the wages are so good, graduates aim early to do well in their studies. They won't get into teaching unless they have not only a bachelor's but also a master's in fields of their choice. The competition is keen, the best are hired, and a kindergarten teacher starts at about $54,000 a year.

      Contrast this with the American system, where the results of standardized tests are used to punish schools who don't get all their students to be "above average" (WTF???), where textbook publishers base their content on what will sell in Texas, and where "school reform" is the name given to the grift that seeks to drain the last big pile of taxpayer money remaining in any state-- education funds.

      Mark Zuckerberg famously tried to change the Newark schools top down with $100 million and blew it all. It would have succeeded if he'd used the money to change them from the bottom up. Read the book.

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  4. John Dalton11/9/15, 4:29 PM

    Act 46 is likely to result in higher taxes for Springfield if it loses the 40 high school students presently coming in from adjacent Towns which would be consolidating with Windsor. This is a bad deal for Springfield and McLaughlin is smart enough to figure that out. He is also most likely right that consolidation will not actually save money for the schools into which they are consolidated -- track record for consolidated schools saving money around the country is pretty bad. But it sounds good to conservatives until after it happens.

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  5. Look who’s leading the school board, which should answer your question about spending taxpayer’s money. McLaughlin could ask for a 10% increase and Mrs. Garfield would support him. Time for a change in March….

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    1. But, "IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!" *sob, sob, sniffle, sniffle*

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  6. Guess we're not paying top money in Montpelier, because all we attract is one dumb liberal after another. Sending all the entitlements down to the dumping ground of Springfield. With that comes the element we are forced to try to educate. Last I've heard, 57% of all subsidized housing in Windsor County resides Springfield. Are sure 4:22 you haven't been watching the three stooges of Montpelier?

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