Sunday, April 6, 2008

School budgets: Sometimes they get cut

I was up very, very early this morning because my nine month old is still not sleeping through the night. He went down for an early morning nap so I thought I would get in some early morning reading before my three year old woke up. To my joy I saw the following editorial in the Union Leader. After 5 1/2 years of fighting for education reform and education spending reform it is so nice to see a newspaper not print the public school propaganda feed to them by educrats.

This is my favorite quote from the below article "Aliberti and other school administrators need to remember that they serve the taxpayers, not the other way around."


School budgets: Sometimes they get cut

Are public school budgets sacred? Manchester's public school administration acts as if they are. And that presents serious problems for taxpayers.

Mayor Frank Guinta says the city is facing a roughly $13 million hole in next year's budget. To make ends meet, he has proposed a $7.3 million reduction in the school budget. That's a cut of 5 percent.

In response, Superintendent Henry Aliberti immediately put the school bureaucracy into opposition mode. Instead of announcing that he would work with the mayor to try to find savings and efficiencies, he released a list of services that might be cut and presented the cuts as devastating to the children.

That's not helpful. It's also offensive.

Taxpayers are hurting. They have to cut their own budgets to deal with the rising cost of food and fuel, and many are experiencing reductions in their income. Aliberti's position is: Tough. You have to pay more because I refuse to cut spending.

School budgets cannot be immune from downturns in the economy. They have to face economic reality just as the rest of us do. And the reality is, the city doesn't have the money to provide the same level of funding it has in the past. So the schools have to make do.

Aliberti and other school administrators need to remember that they serve the taxpayers, not the other way around.

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