Wednesday, 10 January 2018

It’s not just freezing classrooms in Baltimore. America’s schools are physically falling apart.

quote [ More than half of American schools are estimated to be in buildings that are not up to standard. ]

How about a bad news, good news, bad news sandwich?

New Jersey Prisons Reverse Course on Banning ‘The New Jim Crow’ After ACLU of New Jersey Letter

Market-Based Health Care Is Screwing Rural America
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Sad]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:48pmGMT]


norok said[1] @ 10:14pm GMT on 10th Jan [Score:-4 Boring]
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rhesusmonkey said @ 6:28am GMT on 11th Jan [Score:-3]
i don't think one wonders at all, it is pretty clear that a lot of money is budgeted for and goes to salaries. i don't expect they would be able to trade off budget for salaries with budget for infrastructure (meaning, once the budget has been allocated, you cannot redirect th funds).

Salaries for administration tends to be compared to teaching staff and these numbers certainly look out of whack when compared to the peer group the list (other large metro areas); apparently arguing against management increases can get you arrested these days. i'm of the opinion that (as with other industries) the relative salaries of senior management is getting out of hand against the rank-and-file. One of the choice moves a past Ontario government did (to "bust the unions") was to take school super-intendants out of the teacher's union / collective bargaining pool, which led to a spike in the salaries of these folks and a greater gap against the actual teaching staff. maybe there is a similar structure at play here (for similar reasons); either way if your point was the school board is spending too much on Administration, you are probably right. if you think that by reducing the administrative overhead you would have "more money" for infrastructure you are probably wrong. it seems like a viable argument but as i said earlier, you are dealing with two different budgets, both of which need to be curtailed as far as the State and Municipal governments are concerned. the difference is your buildings can't go on strike if they don't get their budget met (though apparently they can still stop working).
norok said @ 6:56am GMT on 11th Jan [Score:-3]
I realize very well that salaries and infrastructure funds are hardly fungible. My primary critique was that the source, Mother Jones, wrote a piece on the financial situation of the Baltimore school system citing problems in raising more tax revenue while failing to cite that the system is already one of the most over-funded in the nation. Raising taxes and throwing more government money at a problem rarely yields positive results. Raphael and I can agree that there is a problem but we differ widely on the root cause.
kylemcbitch said @ 2:18pm GMT on 11th Jan [Score:-3]
This should be fun:

What do you believe the root cause to be?
norok said @ 6:49pm GMT on 11th Jan [Score:-4 Troll]
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rhesusmonkey said @ 5:04am GMT on 12th Jan [Score:-4]
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rhesusmonkey said @ 6:02am GMT on 11th Jan
the sentence about "new Jim Crow laws" makes way more sense when you realize it is a book.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:59pm GMT on 11th Jan
lilmookieesquire said @ 2:07am GMT on 12th Jan
Give it time, that will balance out at this rate. :p

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