Why is it every election cycle the teachers unions go out in full force crying that the public needs to dig down deep and give them more money? Why is it never enough?
In 1998, Education Superintendent for Fresno Pete Mehas was asked on KMJ radio how much money is allotted for each student for the classroom. He replied that the amount was approximately 6500 per student.
The caller then asked a very troubling question: if there are 32 kids in a class that means that the state is allotting for that room 208,000.00 for that class. Mehas explained that teachers are (in ’98 only making an average of 40,000); could he please explain why the students could not have textbooks?
The school superintendent guffawed around the question but eventually admitted that many of the expenses included attorney’s fees and marketing. This revelation stunned the caller.
The caller was right to question the school district. After all, it is the public’s money. If the people of Fresno County are going to be expected to pony up, the least the school district can do is show the people where the money is being spent.
It is not too hard to figure out what the problem is with schools. When this writer attended High School in the ‘60s, there was a principal, a vice-principal, a health nurse, and a couple of office workers/secretaries in the front. There was ‘a’ janitor. This was a 4A High School in Texas. (1A per 500 students) The school averaged around 2000. If you want to know what the problem with Fresno High schools is look no further than the list of campus employees. Fresno High School on its website lists 8 custodians. We had one janitor, who did it all.
How many other employees does each school subsidize? Maybe the schools can get their budgets back in line if they get back to the three R’s, does anyone out there remember what they are?
My name is Dave Olson and that’s what I think,
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