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Governor's Budget Could Hit Schools Hard - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown

There are 111 comments on the WFMZ story from Mar 8, 2011, titled Governor's Budget Could Hit Schools Hard - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Governor Tom Corbett is asking schools and universities across Pennsylvania to face a "hard economic reality." At school board meeting in Boyertown, Tuesday night, David Szablowski, Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs says what the governor is proposing just isn't feasible.

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Concerned

Fleetwood, PA

#1 Mar 8, 2011
Is there nothing else that can be cut? Really?? I understand that these are hard economic times, but shouldn't education be the last thing to be cut.
1. Fewer teachers= larger classroom sizes. Many classrooms are already at 25-30+ kids. How are kids supposed to learn when there are 40+ other students in their class?
2. Cutting of extra-cirriculars= bored kids= increased drug/alcohol use and sex. And those of you that disagree must have led a very sheltered life.
3. Increased drug/alcohol abuse= taxpayer money when those kids get caught ans spend night or two, or longer locked up.
4. Increase in teen sex=increase in teen pregnancy. Now remember most of these kids wont have jobs so how are they gonna take care of all those babies??? Welfare. Now we are throwing more money into food stamps, cash assistance, rental vouchers, and all the medical bills to have the babies...... and then all of the medical bills for the babies for the next 18 years.

Is it just me? Shouldn't we be educating the youth so that they can grow up to be self supporting contributing members of society?? Why don't they cut welfare checks for people who are living soley on it and are not even attempting to find work. And no, I am not one of those crazy welfare bashers, I understand that some people need it to get by. But it should be there for people who need it for a short time until they get back on their feet. Welfare should not be a lifestyle.
Anyhow, education should be the last thing on the chopping block! IT IS TOO IMPORTANT!!
Education Appreciator

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Mar 9, 2011
To not give a pay bump for teachers who earn their Master's Degrees will just discourage our educators from seeking higher education. I personally want the most educated and qualified teachers teaching my children. Corbett should realize education will be the only thing that can repair this recession. Instead he has created a plan that will destroy the educational system. He must have hated some teacher when he was a child and this is pay back!
Doug Brace

Allentown, PA

#3 Mar 9, 2011
I wonder how many residents of Pennsylvania will be changing their stance/view on Governor Corbett.

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1327.xml...

Seems likes a lot more people will oppose him.
Mike

Lancaster, PA

#4 Mar 9, 2011
Why can't the Governor and his staff take a pay cut to help out the amount that he wants to cut from the school system.. Our children really need the proper education and with these cuts they are not going to get them. Thats what I would like to see.
jo i vo

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Mar 9, 2011
what no raise for paterno omg.
Wisconsin isnt afraid

Kingston, PA

#6 Mar 9, 2011
Corbett just showed he is afraid of the teachers union. Instead of taking care of them on a state level, he just washed his hands of the fight against the teachers union by dumping it back onto local taxpayers to fight these all too powerful unions. Corbett already showed he is WEAK!!!
So much for the tough guy he portrayed at election time.
unbelievable

Germansville, PA

#7 Mar 9, 2011
Concerned wrote:
Is there nothing else that can be cut? Really?? I understand that these are hard economic times, but shouldn't education be the last thing to be cut.
1. Fewer teachers= larger classroom sizes. Many classrooms are already at 25-30+ kids. How are kids supposed to learn when there are 40+ other students in their class?
2. Cutting of extra-cirriculars= bored kids= increased drug/alcohol use and sex. And those of you that disagree must have led a very sheltered life.
3. Increased drug/alcohol abuse= taxpayer money when those kids get caught ans spend night or two, or longer locked up.
4. Increase in teen sex=increase in teen pregnancy. Now remember most of these kids wont have jobs so how are they gonna take care of all those babies??? Welfare. Now we are throwing more money into food stamps, cash assistance, rental vouchers, and all the medical bills to have the babies...... and then all of the medical bills for the babies for the next 18 years.
Is it just me? Shouldn't we be educating the youth so that they can grow up to be self supporting contributing members of society?? Why don't they cut welfare checks for people who are living soley on it and are not even attempting to find work. And no, I am not one of those crazy welfare bashers, I understand that some people need it to get by. But it should be there for people who need it for a short time until they get back on their feet. Welfare should not be a lifestyle.
Anyhow, education should be the last thing on the chopping block! IT IS TOO IMPORTANT!!
disagree,
It will be up to individual districts who to cut, maybe you want to look at the administrative staff these schools have. I deal with several districts in the area, not one, not two but all have so many layers of bodies to go through just to perform/request or try to accomplish want they're asking to be done.
The crying about sex/drugs being done by our wonderful youths is a ploy. Teachers have a job to educate not baby sit, besides what about the three months in the summer, do kids avoid sex/drugs then? The bottom line is the school boards waste an extraordinet amounts of money on things the schools shouldn't be involved in. Time to pay the piper, no more astro turf football fields, no more brand new instruments for the bands every year.
The only thing that schools seem to do is make the kiddies think they are the smartest little people in the world, but no more check out their rankings among other industrialized nations, we holding on to 8th or ninth place by our nails. If our educational system is so good, please explain why the high drop out rate? Me thinks the teachers think they're the best in the world too!
Mr UD

Souderton, PA

#8 Mar 9, 2011
To The Schools.......... the last 8 years you were provided with too much money to waste. Now it's time to stop spending!
unbelievable

Germansville, PA

#9 Mar 9, 2011
Wisconsin isnt afraid wrote:
Corbett just showed he is afraid of the teachers union. Instead of taking care of them on a state level, he just washed his hands of the fight against the teachers union by dumping it back onto local taxpayers to fight these all too powerful unions. Corbett already showed he is WEAK!!!
So much for the tough guy he portrayed at election time.
being from wilkes-barre I be willing to bet you sure didn't vote for him...
unbelievable

Germansville, PA

#10 Mar 9, 2011
Mike wrote:
Why can't the Governor and his staff take a pay cut to help out the amount that he wants to cut from the school system.. Our children really need the proper education and with these cuts they are not going to get them. Thats what I would like to see.
why can't people from across the country mind their own business...
Jm B

Reading, PA

#11 Mar 9, 2011
I am all for cutting spending but the Governor Tom Corbett does not want to lead by example. What about his salary and benefits? What about the judges, and legislature benefits and salary? We as tax payers should have the ability to determine Governor's, Judge and state legislatures compensation package. What about shared sacrifice and austerity. It is only good for me but not Governor Tom Corbett.
Sam

Allentown, PA

#12 Mar 9, 2011
Cut backs,cutbacks,cutbacks, pretty soon we will ALL be living under the bridge.What we need is for companies to have incentives to come back to the states to create jobs.This country needs a whole new system of economics.Cannot continue this oversea stuff like we have been doing over the past 40 years,It is just NOT WORKING OUT.Sure companies don't pay taxes over seas and think they are gaining,I am sure they are hurting too,just NOT like the working poor but they are feeling it too,just saying.WE NEED CHANGE,NOW.
One pissed off tax payer

Stroudsburg, PA

#13 Mar 9, 2011
Sounds like a lot of teachers posting hear! You want your kids to have music, art, etc. Pay extra for it! send them to classes outside of school. I personally am tired of paying outrageous taxes so teachers can have all holidays, summers, snow days all paid for by the tax payers. Salaries of some teachers are pushing 100k a year. Police don't even make this and they put there life on the line everyday! Why should people who no longer or never had kids pay these taxes? and then you have trailer trash that has 6 kids or more paying just about nothing. School taxes should be basic on the amount of kids you have in school.
Ralphy

Boyertown, PA

#14 Mar 9, 2011
As an independent, I agree with making cuts. But I do smell a rat when Corbett takes massive campaign contributions from gas drillers and fails to impose even a small tax on the drillers who suck our state's natural resources away. It's not like they are manufacturing something and creating real wealth & jobs. He should be looking at making modest adjustments to the contribution rates of state employees to their health & retirement benefits as a source of savings and have the stones to deal with it. A 50% cut in higher education spending is short sighted. Why can't this state ever pick a winner?
Lou

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Mar 9, 2011
Ask the regular working people in this Lehigh Valley area and you will find that they did not have a choice and many have had to take a pay freeze. Be happy that you are employed at all. The teacher's union is not living in reality. They would rather have all the tax payers who are NOT getting pay increases to pay for their increase. Ridiculous! These unions should be dissolved.
Gary

Emmaus, PA

#16 Mar 9, 2011
So much for the state constitution which requires the state to supply 50% funding for public education (hasn't ever happened). Interesting to see who gets a pass (polluters, big business) and who pays.
Keith F Golembiewski

Reading, PA

#17 Mar 9, 2011
It is about time to hold the line & seek ways in the school districts to look to cut the fat & not expect the property owners to make up the difference because we are over taxed to run these schools who have FAT budgets. Stop running the school buses, parents who want this service should pay for it & if the parents do not want to pay than they can see that there child is driven to school Or form a car pool with neighbors. Property owners pockets are empty, we are burdened by property tax to run your FAT budgets. WAKE UP School officials & school boards. Good for the Governor because he sees what must be done. Something our school boards did not want to see. Now cut the FAT & live with in your means.
The revolutionary

Englewood, CO

#18 Mar 9, 2011
Everyone should realize how high property taxes are to pay for these schools. If I'm correct, new schools are going up all over the place. For example Hamburg. they built a brand new elementary school to replace the 4 they use to have. Those 4 elementary schools were fine enough. Just imagine how expensive that school bill was. And who's in charge of paying it? We are. The school districts of PA have been wasting the tax payers money for years now. It's time we wake up and realize this. It's awfully sad how greedy everyone has become nowadays. Thank God Corbett is for the people. I do however respect the teachers. They teach our youth. Without them, we wouldn't be able to function in the real world but they make descent money for the time that they work in a typical year. Just imagine working the average amount of days that teachers work and you still have all those benefits to boot. Come on. You guys have it better than the average worker. You work for the government. You can't beat that. Again, they too have become greedy over the years like everyone else.
Kevin

Line Lexington, PA

#19 Mar 9, 2011
its funny when you think about it cause everthing that pays the ed sys is funded by the bus. that are not even here any more can't the ed sys do the math they have to look out the window and see what the world is really like out side the class room OUT OF TOUCH
get Educated

Kutztown, PA

#20 Mar 9, 2011
The reporter should really research the difference between the State Universities, and the assisted by the State universities. Of the ones he mentioned only Kutztown is a State University, the others get State money, but a free to play by a totally different set of rules for budgeting.

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