Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids

Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids

There are 50 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Hard times and higher fuel prices will follow kids back to school this fall. Children will walk farther to the bus stop, pay more for lunch, study from old textbooks and wear last year's clothes.

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turdshooter

Brunswick, OH

#1 Aug 18, 2008
thank you all so vert much for sending all our jobs over seas. we need to stop buying made in CHINA!!!
WHATEVR

Dublin, OH

#2 Aug 18, 2008
In a country where education is needed, it sure suffers! I agree with the shorter school week, all day schooling of kindergarteners. So nice our government cares so much! It's sad!!!!!!!!
Patty

AOL

#3 Aug 18, 2008
This is very sad to see America cutting back everywhere!
We once were the richest country! What happened in such a short period of time??????? Our kids are now suffering and when will USA become a third world country??? It seems we are on the fast track to becoming a third world country SO SAD!!!
Juli

Holland, MI

#4 Aug 18, 2008
Funny how not ONE of these school districts speaks of cutting administrative costs. Don't you think that would save them big bucks??

Wild Rose 01

Since: Feb 08

United States

#5 Aug 18, 2008
I think its only gonna get worse pretty fast. Im just happy that we are close to the schools & I agree with the healthly eating cause I have been wanting to get back to nature too & couldnt believe the prices on fruit. A bag of apples for $6? & they were small too. I only buy fruit when its on sale! Something really has to give. I feel for the single parents just trying to make ends meet these days & wanting their kids to have a good life.
Hear Me

Holland, MI

#6 Aug 18, 2008
This just goes to show you how bad a change is needed in the white house. If we elect McCain that will be the straw that breaks the camels back because he will continue Bush's agenda which got us in the mess in the first place. No I'm not saying O'Bama can fix this mess but he sure as h*ll wouldn't continue the old policies of GWB!
RAB

Ionia, MI

#7 Aug 18, 2008
turdshooter wrote:
thank you all so vert much for sending all our jobs over seas. we need to stop buying made in CHINA!!!
In terms of clothing, show me one thing that isn't made in China. I'll bet everything you're wearing today was made outside of the U.S. as I can't find any item of clothing that wasn't made in China, Mexico, India, etc. Just no way around it as far as the clothes go.
hmmm

Belleville, MI

#8 Aug 18, 2008
so school revenue is at an all time high.
"dont tell me it isnt. there is an INCREASE in spending EVERY year"

but "quality" of education is at an all time low and they cant even afford toilet paper!?!?

i think a few MAJOR cuts in administration, in that it has little or no effect or purpose in our school system, let alone our childrens education are in order.

lets start actually spending the money where it was intended to go.

what a concept......
RAB

Ionia, MI

#9 Aug 18, 2008
hmmm wrote:
so school revenue is at an all time high.
"dont tell me it isnt. there is an INCREASE in spending EVERY year"
but "quality" of education is at an all time low and they cant even afford toilet paper!?!?
i think a few MAJOR cuts in administration, in that it has little or no effect or purpose in our school system, let alone our childrens education are in order.
lets start actually spending the money where it was intended to go.
what a concept......
Would pretty much have to agree with those comments!
KJB

Elmhurst, IL

#10 Aug 18, 2008
The schools have followed corporate America for years now, very top heavy with management offering teachers "sweetheart" retirement deals, when I hear on the news that some teachers are making $50,000+ while in retirement. I always wondered how the tax payers would cover that? Seems like many teachers are doing better now than when they worked, I was always told that people don't get into teaching for the money, my how times have changed.......
TommyO

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Aug 18, 2008
Whine, whine, whine. GRPS gets a ton of cash for each "kid". By "kid" I mean the ones they get dragged into school on counting day and then forget about so they can distribute the funds across the other students. They also get a huge amount out of our taxes for each student, so where are they wasting the money? It sure isn't on providing an education! How about cutting out the money spent on sports all together? They are extras that do nothing for the actual education in skills kids need to get jobs that matter. Rent the acres and acres of football fields and baseball fields, stop heating and filling pools, and ditch all the expensive trips and equipment. That should also cut back on cheerleading stuff, band stuff, and all the assorted extras spent on sports - including coaches, aassistant coaches, liability insurance, and so on. Sounds like an easy place to save money so we can focus on the core competancy of schools - teaching usefull skills to the majority of the children.
Rock

New York, NY

#12 Aug 18, 2008
I wonder whatever happened to the Michigan Lottery that was supposed to make so much money for all the schools. With all the different games out there from the scratch offs to the daily drawings...there has to be a fortune being made. I would like to see where all that money goes...
MOM of Three Plus

United States

#13 Aug 18, 2008
The school where three of my children attend is one of the schools opting for a four day school week. Since Michigan is now required to have students in class a certain number of hours instead of a certain number of days, I think that it's a wonderful idea. This will give students more quality time to work on those large projects that teachers hand out. Also almost from day one my children's clothing has either come from garage sales, second hand stores (except for socks and underwear). If they do get something from a first hand store it has to be on sale (like 70 - 80% off). If it's not on sale I figure they don't need it bad enough. I also shop in off season.
MOM of Three Plus

United States

#14 Aug 18, 2008
I wonder how many of the people who are grousing have either run for a seat on the school board, attend school board meetings or are even involved in the local PTA?
MOM of Three Plus

United States

#15 Aug 18, 2008
In thought to one of my earlier comments on the 4 day school week, I do feel really bad for the parents who need to find day care for that one day a week. If you or someone you know is really having a hard time due to this have them call 211. If they are unable to assist with the situation they should be able to point the person in the right direction.
Fast Lane

Lansing, MI

#16 Aug 18, 2008
Hear Me wrote:
This just goes to show you how bad a change is needed in the white house. If we elect McCain that will be the straw that breaks the camels back because he will continue Bush's agenda which got us in the mess in the first place. No I'm not saying O'Bama can fix this mess but he sure as h*ll wouldn't continue the old policies of GWB!
You are so clueless. Higher taxes are going to fix this? Go chant some more bumper sticker slogans you goof.
Bobby Hill

Holt, MI

#17 Aug 18, 2008
What's happening to our country is a natural evolution of the job market. Eventually the US will be mostly Tech/Health/Engineering/Servic e type jobs. Labor markets are costing too much here. Other countries that are just developing in their "Industrial Age" are much cheaper.

Take Japan for example, there are no labor markets there. All manufacturing is done in Taiwan or China for Japanese companies. It's mostly design and engineering that are done in Japan.
Bobby Hill

Holt, MI

#18 Aug 18, 2008
That Post ^ is supposed to be a reply to the China post.
Batch37 Pain Is Good

United States

#19 Aug 18, 2008
Fast Lane wrote:
<quoted text> You are so clueless. Higher taxes are going to fix this? Go chant some more bumper sticker slogans you goof.
Never seen where taxes made a nation successful. The parents need to cut out cable and cell phones for their kids. Stop buying gameboys and PS3 to save money and buy your kids paper.
Gumdrop Mountain

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2008
Rock wrote:
I wonder whatever happened to the Michigan Lottery that was supposed to make so much money for all the schools. With all the different games out there from the scratch offs to the daily drawings...there has to be a fortune being made. I would like to see where all that money goes...
People are now peeing their money away in Indian casinos instead of spending it wisely on lottery tickets. Lets build a couple more quick.

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