School budget proposal too high, too low

School budget proposal too high, too low

There are 10 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Jan 17, 2008, titled School budget proposal too high, too low. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Supt. of Schools Harvey Polansky said Thursday that he can understand if some city officials don't like his proposed $82.8 million education budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. "No one is happy with ...

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parents must step up

Floral Park, NY

#1 Jan 18, 2008
Start sending a tax bill to parents for educational services rendered. All of us should not be subjected to paying for it on a universal basis supported by a dysfunctional property tax system.
Connecticut Sam

Waterbury, CT

#2 Jan 18, 2008
I agree. The educational services is a dysfunctional property tax system. There is too much waste, that need to be cut out.
Realistically speaking

Farmington, CT

#3 Jan 18, 2008
If the taxpayers are all struggling (which I believe and agree), how would it be possible for only the parents of students in the education system to pay the tax bill?

More realistic is an overhaul at the federal level:
1) stop doling out unfunded mandates;

2) Allow the individual towns and cities via each's finance committee have a say in what is cut and what is not cut...in other words, make the BOE accountable to the town;

3) Stop binding arbitration that historically sides with the BOE on financial issues, which forces salary increases to be paid without a performance review and typically higher than the average corporate worker.

4) Let the teachers teach and let the administration do their jobs. Stop hiring security personnel full time (call if you need it or schedule surprise visits/spot checks). And don't have meetings or planning sessions in the middle of the day forcing substitutes to have to come in.(The stopping of the unfunded mandates would help here...it's not the teachers' fault.)

5) Find volunteers in the community (retired, stay-at-home-parent, etc.) for extra-curricular activities and stop paying high stipends for a teacher to do it.
Truth is

Newington, CT

#4 Jan 18, 2008
Realistically speaking wrote:
If the taxpayers are all struggling (which I believe and agree), how would it be possible for only the parents of students in the education system to pay the tax bill?
More realistic is an overhaul at the federal level:
1) stop doling out unfunded mandates;
2) Allow the individual towns and cities via each's finance committee have a say in what is cut and what is not cut...in other words, make the BOE accountable to the town;
3) Stop binding arbitration that historically sides with the BOE on financial issues, which forces salary increases to be paid without a performance review and typically higher than the average corporate worker.
4) Let the teachers teach and let the administration do their jobs. Stop hiring security personnel full time (call if you need it or schedule surprise visits/spot checks). And don't have meetings or planning sessions in the middle of the day forcing substitutes to have to come in.(The stopping of the unfunded mandates would help here...it's not the teachers' fault.)
5) Find volunteers in the community (retired, stay-at-home-parent, etc.) for extra-curricular activities and stop paying high stipends for a teacher to do it.
You make a lot of sense here....
going broke

Elizabeth, NJ

#5 Jan 19, 2008
Realistically Speaking does make a lot of sense except for point two. A finance board or board of selectmen/aldermen cannot possibly know what a school system does or does not need. The education experts - superintendent etc MUST be the ones to do that. There are far too many mandates to leave specific cuts up to people who are not educators. Unfunded mandates are what are breaking the backs of local taxpayers.
Realistically speaking wrote:
If the taxpayers are all struggling (which I believe and agree), how would it be possible for only the parents of students in the education system to pay the tax bill?
More realistic is an overhaul at the federal level:
1) stop doling out unfunded mandates;
2) Allow the individual towns and cities via each's finance committee have a say in what is cut and what is not cut...in other words, make the BOE accountable to the town;
3) Stop binding arbitration that historically sides with the BOE on financial issues, which forces salary increases to be paid without a performance review and typically higher than the average corporate worker.
4) Let the teachers teach and let the administration do their jobs. Stop hiring security personnel full time (call if you need it or schedule surprise visits/spot checks). And don't have meetings or planning sessions in the middle of the day forcing substitutes to have to come in.(The stopping of the unfunded mandates would help here...it's not the teachers' fault.)
5) Find volunteers in the community (retired, stay-at-home-parent, etc.) for extra-curricular activities and stop paying high stipends for a teacher to do it.
going broke

Elizabeth, NJ

#6 Jan 19, 2008
P.S. It is against the law to require parents to pay for publlic education. A "free" public education is everyone's right according to the law.
BostonTeaParty in

Bayonne, NJ

#7 Jan 19, 2008
REPOST FROM EARLIER ARTICLE:
When/where does it end? The math does not work but we keep on increasing the school budget. The budget requires more in taxes from the people and more development so more people come in, then more kids go to school so more taxes etc etc etc. Why is it all the rest of us not on the public dole, that is not working for the city or state, get social security and that amounts to maybe 30% of gross pay if we are lucky and these blokes are getting 70% to 100% pensions and benefits for life? The math does not work and it needs to change. This is a nation wide problem. Look at NJ, now their going to rape highway drivers in super tolls with automatic 2yr increases. You hear the city leaders and superintendent say, we have contracts and we must make these pay increases and we have pension obligations etc. Well who made these god awful contracts? Where is the voice of the people, the good working people of the community, in these decisions? Now we get 30% and in retirement the city and state wants to forever increase our taxes to fund other peoples pensions that are not reasonable when compared to all the rest of the working people in the country? Don't look to Washington to set an example, those thieves (your good US Senators and Congressmen), get 100% pensions and benefits for life if elected just once! You think their going to fix this problem. The city, state, and federal workers are not part of SSI for a reason, they built a better system for themselves on our backs. In in effect makes us like sort of indentured servants, working so they can have a better life style in retirement. I have to give the Teachers Unions credit, they have done this across the nation so it almost makes it impossible to escape it, it is sort of a communist redistribution of wealth to the leftist elite. When/where does it end?
pwilson

Sandy Hook, CT

#8 Jan 19, 2008
BostonTeaParty in wrote:
REPOST FROM EARLIER ARTICLE:
When/where does it end? The math does not work but we keep on increasing the school budget. The budget requires more in taxes from the people and more development so more people come in, then more kids go to school so more taxes etc etc etc. Why is it all the rest of us not on the public dole, that is not working for the city or state, get social security and that amounts to maybe 30% of gross pay if we are lucky and these blokes are getting 70% to 100% pensions and benefits for life? The math does not work and it needs to change. This is a nation wide problem. Look at NJ, now their going to rape highway drivers in super tolls with automatic 2yr increases. You hear the city leaders and superintendent say, we have contracts and we must make these pay increases and we have pension obligations etc. Well who made these god awful contracts? Where is the voice of the people, the good working people of the community, in these decisions? Now we get 30% and in retirement the city and state wants to forever increase our taxes to fund other peoples pensions that are not reasonable when compared to all the rest of the working people in the country? Don't look to Washington to set an example, those thieves (your good US Senators and Congressmen), get 100% pensions and benefits for life if elected just once! You think their going to fix this problem. The city, state, and federal workers are not part of SSI for a reason, they built a better system for themselves on our backs. In in effect makes us like sort of indentured servants, working so they can have a better life style in retirement. I have to give the Teachers Unions credit, they have done this across the nation so it almost makes it impossible to escape it, it is sort of a communist redistribution of wealth to the leftist elite. When/where does it end?
You are not the only one who feels this way. It would take quite the rebellion to see change come about.
Connecticut Sam

United States

#9 Jan 19, 2008
There are many people who feels this way. What we need is a rebellion to make things right.

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#10 Feb 15, 2013
I agree with my brother, and so does Tippy.

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