Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bookbag bullying: Weston PTO turns up the heat

Never do you hear that "teachers are well compensated", "we are spending enough on public education", "teachers have light schedules", "class sizes are small enough". My challenge to readers is to find at least 10 documented sources to the above statements by educrats that benefit from the public education gravy train. My guess is that it can not be done teachers unions would not exist if they told the truth.


"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,
people will eventually come to believe it." Joseph Goebbels

The following piece appeared in the Union Leader.

Bookbag bullying: Weston PTO turns up the heat

Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2008

USING ELEMENTARY school students as couriers to deliver an inflammatory political letter about the city budget is not only against city school policy, but common decency as well.

Last week, Weston Elementary School PTO President Kathleen Epperson wrote a letter (with an all-caps headline and full of underlined phrases) calling Mayor Frank Guinta's budget "completely unacceptable," proclaiming that it would raise class sizes by five students per class, and urging parents to contact their aldermen and oppose the mayor's budget.

Oh, and the letter was unsigned, giving the impression that it was an official document from the school administration.

Although Acting Superintendent Henry Aliberti contacted the mayor to assure him that this was not an official school act, Weston principal Lizabeth MacDonald did approve the letter for distribution to the students -- again, in violation of district policy.

This is all a piece with the district's policy of opposing tooth-and-nail any reduction in school spending by claiming that budget cuts will destroy the schools' ability to teach your children.

Just once, we'd like to see a principal, PTO president or the superintendent put the green eyeshades on and work to find savings instead of scream that the sky is falling every time a mayor proposes trimming the school budget.

We'd like to see someone -- anyone -- in the city school system acknowledge that the public schools are not models of bureaucratic efficiency and that maybe, just maybe, a better way to manage the school budget could be found if only the people in charge looked hard enough.

Alas, all taxpayers and parents hear is incessant squawking by a flock of Chicken Littles running around with their eyes shut and mouths wide open.

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