West Shore students to protest distri...

West Shore students to protest district cuts

There are 34 comments on the York Dispatch story from Mar 17, 2011, titled West Shore students to protest district cuts. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

Some West Shore School District students aren't going to take potential budget cuts lying down.

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George

Washington, DC

#1 Mar 17, 2011
They tried the same thing on Dover a few yearsw back and the students got in trouble for it! If it is found out that a teacher or teachers put them up to this then they should be fired!
Bro1856

Cockeysville, MD

#2 Mar 17, 2011
Alright kids. You want your voices heard, now tell us...

Where do we make the cuts and how much extra in taxes are your parents willing to spend?
Etters Dad

Towson, MD

#3 Mar 17, 2011
I applaud the students for wanting to be heard. They are continiously being taught to be responsible and part of the community. The WEC has only promoted those values! I hope they can pull this off without being punished for thier free thinking Though.
We live in Etters and my 9 yr old son has enjoyed the WEC and looks forward to it! So much for that!
Gee, you have an educational exercise that works, is appreciated by most all of the student body, and is appreciated by most all of the parents.
Yep, no brainer there, bag it!
I realize why Wisconsin is doing what they are!
My childs educational experience is more important them any teachers salary, Tenure, or vacation!
god

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Mar 17, 2011
They can be heard, money speaks.
I know i don't want to pay for nonessential classes, like the rest of the country we are having a hard time paying for useless and exorbitant taxes why continue more.
No more taxes

Strasburg, PA

#5 Mar 17, 2011
Are any of the students interested in how the ever increasing property tax will force some people out of their homes?
GrowUp

York, PA

#6 Mar 17, 2011
Parents need to sit down with their kids and explan how dire the economic situation is for most property tax payers and at most schools in South Central PA.

If $$$ grew on trees then the teachers could keep their job and make $75K+, no programs would be cut, etc. But that is not reality in fact that is "pie in the sky" thinking.

Tough choices have to be made. Deep cuts even to programs that are beneficial but are NOT essential to reading, writing, arithmetic need to be made. And if teachers are unwilling to concede to pay cuts or pay increase freezes, then they do so at the expense of some of their colleagues jobs. I personally would hate to know that my 3% increase came at the expense of my colleague's job because I had more tenure, etc.

So instead or parents supporting the "sit down", explain to their kids what it means to live within a budget...and to cut, cut, cut if you have been living outside your means and now you have to pay the piper.
Etters Dad

Towson, MD

#7 Mar 17, 2011
Bro1856 wrote:
Alright kids. You want your voices heard, now tell us...
Where do we make the cuts and how much extra in taxes are your parents willing to spend?
My son's daddy took a pay cut 2 years ago and has a freeze on increases since! How bout them teachers, principles etc.....

Good place to start?

Time for educators to join the real world and feel the crunch like everybody else!
Shawn

Jackson St Forest, CA

#8 Mar 17, 2011
Let's see... statistics clearly show the people that make the most in the US (top 1 or 2%) have seen there income go up and everyone else is pretty much where they were 10 years ago except paying more for gas and taxes, etc. Sure let's all take pay cuts, cut service to schools and give the top 1 or 2% some more tax breaks. Heck the top 1 or 2% probably send their kids to private schools so this won't affect them. Maybe some more subsidies to the oil companies and maybe even some for the big banks we bailed out only to have them foreclose on everyone they possible could even if it was done illegally.
Bitter American

Hanover, PA

#9 Mar 17, 2011
Etters Dad wrote:
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My son's daddy took a pay cut 2 years ago and has a freeze on increases since! How bout them teachers, principles etc.....
Good place to start?
Time for educators to join the real world and feel the crunch like everybody else!
The union would never allow that........
hard working american

Lewisberry, PA

#13 Mar 17, 2011
wow you people just don't get it maybe you kids will hear mommy and daddy complaining about the taxes going up and for what??? go to class sit down shut your mouth and learn.
RAS

York, PA

#14 Mar 17, 2011
Common on people, wake up and start using the minds that were shaped in the public school system of the U.S. We are the ONLY country in the world that attempts to teach ALL the children until 18. We could save money and make the public schools only do their job until 8th grade. Let's see how intelligent the work force is then. If you want an intelligent citizenry then it will cost money. Do you to really save money? Let's eliminate the huge administrative staffs and their salaries. We can pay 2 or 3 teachers for the price of some administrators. Let's start going after their jobs and salaries! Or how about eliminate 1/2 of the politicians in Harrisburg! A unicameral government would save lots of money.
student

Leola, PA

#15 Mar 17, 2011
i dont think the cuts are right!!!!!!
4kids

United States

#17 Mar 17, 2011
Instead of making fun of the kids for being passionate about their education, we should make this a learning experience. I think it's admirable for them to stand up for what they believe in, but they have not had to understand this economic climate so we should help them see why school districts have no choice in this matter.
Proud of student

Stewartstown, PA

#18 Mar 17, 2011
I find it inspiring that the students are organizing and I applaud their peaceful methods.
In The Know

Ashburn, VA

#19 Mar 18, 2011
This "student-led protest" has adults behind it.

A student quoted in the article has aspirations to be a teacher in the future.

She is no doubt involved in the West Shore FEA (Future Educators Of America). FEA is affiliatedn with the teachers union-National Education Association-Pennsylvania State Education Association.

This could very well be a teacher union insipired protest using students as pawns.
Lucky O Charm

York, PA

#20 Mar 18, 2011
RAS wrote:
Common on people, wake up and start using the minds that were shaped in the public school system of the U.S. We are the ONLY country in the world that attempts to teach ALL the children until 18. We could save money and make the public schools only do their job until 8th grade. Let's see how intelligent the work force is then. If you want an intelligent citizenry then it will cost money. Do you to really save money? Let's eliminate the huge administrative staffs and their salaries. We can pay 2 or 3 teachers for the price of some administrators. Let's start going after their jobs and salaries! Or how about eliminate 1/2 of the politicians in Harrisburg! A unicameral government would save lots of money.
Are you saying that we have an intelligent workforce now?
Cote de Pablo

Zionhill, PA

#21 Mar 18, 2011
What part of Corbett's campaign pledges didn't the kids understand . Maybe your parents who voted for him can explain it to you ? If this corrupt government was left to go on when you inherit your parents home beside the back taxes you'll owe from the date the home was bought the school taxes will drive you right out and be left with nothing. When that time comes the home will probably need an upkeep of thousands of bucks you won't have.
American Nationalist

Red Lion, PA

#22 Mar 18, 2011
It seems to that when you're paying the bill through your taxes then you can protest.

If not, then sit down and learn.
Bro1856

Cockeysville, MD

#23 Mar 18, 2011
Etters Dad wrote:
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My son's daddy took a pay cut 2 years ago and has a freeze on increases since! How bout them teachers, principles etc.....
Good place to start?
Time for educators to join the real world and feel the crunch like everybody else!
Sounds fine to me.
Bro1856

Cockeysville, MD

#24 Mar 18, 2011
Lucky O Charm wrote:
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Are you saying that we have an intelligent workforce now?
Only the part that isn't unionized.

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