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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Schools Have No Legal Standing to Sue

Pat Powers at the South Dakota War College points to last night's Argus Leader article on the lunacy that is the school funding lawsuit.

In this idiotic exercise which is wasting everyone's time and the taxpayer's money, you have government suing itself for more taxpayer money. The schools are suing the state of South Dakota to get the state to cough up more of the taxpayer's hard-earned dollars.

How nuts is that?

Lawyers for the state said school districts are creatures of the Legislature and don’t have legal standing to sue.

“How can the state sue itself? That’s really what the issue is,’’ Jeff Hallem of Attorney General Larry Long’s staff told Wilbur. “This is all about money. This is about money from the state treasury.”

This is what I've been saying for a long time.

If schools want more money to teach kids (which is their job), maybe they should cut out some of the administrative fat from the budget and some of the extra-curricular garbage.

Here's what I pointed out over a year ago:
U.S. Department of Education statistics say teachers make up only 50.6 percent of elementary and secondary education staff, or about 65 percent if you throw in guidance counselors and aides. If the product is classroom instruction, the remaining 35-49 percent seems like a high ratio of support staff, to me.

Washington D.C. schools spend the most in our country, $14,542 per student, and as a homeschooling parent I spend a fraction of that and get better results.

More Money <> Better Results.

The education establishment should learn to deal with reality and quit making themselves look even more stupid than they already do.


1 comments:

Dr. Theo said...

School administrators and teachers' unions have browbeat us into believing that more money equates to better education. There was a real-life test of this hypothesis in 1998 when a federal judge ordered massive increases in public school funding in Kansas City. The result was new buildings, swimming pools, new programs, smaller class sizes, more administrators and higher pay all around. What about education? The Cato Institute reported that "The results were dismal, test scores did not rise, the black-white gap did not diminish, and there was less, not more integration." Not much of a bargain for parents and taxpayers.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298es.html

 
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