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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Grand Rapids, MI

#42 Aug 18, 2008
You mean you didn't read the fine print, either? Apparently there was a lawyer involved. It is 100% true that all lottery procedes go to the schools. But however much goes into the schools from lotteries is pulled from the general fund contribution. So if the general fund is supposed to give $10M to the schools and lotteries bring in $5M, you and I were led to believe that the schools would get $15M - but they still only get $10M; $5M from the general fund and $5M from the lotteries. Lying politicians(redundant, I know).
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...
Now What

Holland, MI

#43 Aug 18, 2008
cdc wrote:
seem like they can afford paying people to be on welfare!!! and them womens keeps makeing babies and get a "pay rise" from the welfare as they have more kids!! the working people do not get no pay rise for haveing another baby!!!
You need to check into the "new" welfare system and get updated. Thats the old way you're speaking of. Now that the system is bursting at the seams with new applicants, you can no longer sit back and keep getting raises because you have more kids. Mothers are made to attend school or job training once your baby becomes a certain age. If you are not willing to reveal the fathers name so the state can get get child support, that child will not be added to your state grant, they will only receive a medicaid card for health insurance. It's not as good a deal as you may think. No, I don't know this because I'm on welfare. I know because my friend is a social worker who tells me about the system.
Plus camp costs

Aurora, CO

#44 Aug 18, 2008
Some schools are insisting that middle school kids go to camp. This is VERY, VERY expensive especially when the money could be used elsewhere ( and is needed). Sure, it is a great experience for most kids, but not during these times. Even though the school foots most of the bill, the parents are still expected to pay a fee. Districts need to wake up and spend wisely!

Fremont, MI

#45 Aug 18, 2008
TommyO wrote:
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.
The second they cut out sports, enrollment will drop drastically, and then they're in a worse spot than they were to start. I'm so glad that so many people have such brilliant ideas to "help" our schools ... it's amazing that they can even run without your guidance!

Fremont, MI

#46 Aug 18, 2008
MOM of Three Plus wrote:
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.
The four day week makes sense, financially, but what about all of those parents who have to work full time and cannot afford daycare? And how many reputable daycare facilities are going to hold a spot for a child who will only be paying for one day a week? It seems like it would be a nightmare for a lot of parents.

Fremont, MI

#47 Aug 18, 2008
guineapiglvr wrote:
I am a little confused about this. We all pay taxes which is what schools rely on to run. I live in the Coopersville school district and our taxes are extremely high to begin with and they are always adding something new or replacing this or that and now we are in the middle of building a brand new jr. high. Alot of students live in the apartment buildings or the mobile home park, so they arent paying the taxes us home owners are. Yet for some reason Coopersville seems to have more than enough money to run their schools.???
First of all, the people/companies who own the apartment buildings pay the property taxes, which is made from the money that the tenants pay in rent.

Secondly, Coopersville is hurting just like every other school district in Michigan ... some more so than others, obviously, but they're all feeling it.

Middleville, MI

#48 Aug 18, 2008
Batch37 Pain Is Good wrote:
<quoted text>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.


Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#49 Aug 18, 2008
It's not how broke we are, it's how much they spend, with idiots controlling the till.

If you build a 30 foot road, say it costs 5000$.

If the govt makes the same exact 30 foot road, it would get a low estimate of 100,000$ and the appwhipes approve the damn thing.!!!!

That applies to everything a school system uses or does, with far more waste, due to govt regulations.
A Mom

Holland, MI

#50 Aug 18, 2008
Patty wrote:
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!!!
Patty, have you ever even VISITED a third-world country? My family of six lived in China for a while, and you have NO IDEA how good we have it here! Suffering? Americans have no idea about suffering! What is sad is an uproar about having to cancel field trips two hours away. Perhaps we can figure how to spend our dollars wisely, then EVERYONE can benefit from the change in schools. Change is not bad or SO SAD; it gives us an opportunity to become better. Which way it goes us up to US.

Orem, UT

#52 Aug 18, 2008
Typical White Person wrote:
Boo Hoo Hoo.
Kids have to walk further to the bus stop. Give me a break. Most of the kids I see around town are little fatties. It will do them some good.
I agree! It probably would not hurt most of the kids today to take a little walk.

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