Governor unhappy with proposed budget
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#1 Feb 19, 2011
What jobs have been created? Why are so many people leaving New Mexico to find work? Susana I am behind you in many ways, but, cut where cuts need to be. Everyone needs to sacrifice because of Richardson, even education, the state wasn't crying out when Richardson put education money towards wasteful spending, its time we all buck up and deal with cuts. Cut the state government people that just sit around sucking their thumbs and aren't worth their salt to continue paying them. Cut Cut Cut!
I have seen more money wasted in Aztec than anywhere else. Aztec needs to spend money on something other than a sorehead sign and other wasteful projects
#2 Feb 19, 2011
I applaud Martinez for insisting that there be no more cuts that directly affect classrooms. As the recession hit, the only belt-tightening in education was to cut teaching positions which has resulted in class sizes and student loads that now exceed legislative caps by 10%, sometimes more.
School districts were supposed to apply for waivers for overcrowded classrooms and notify parents of the situation. They have done neither. Instead, in some districts, as teachers, instructional assistants, and counselors were eliminated, administrative and supervisory staff actually grew.
Hey, legislature, why not tie the number of administrators to student enrollment, just as you do with teachers? Put a cap on the number of bureaucrats taking up central office space and creating evermore paperwork. If Governor Martinez is pushing to avoid cuts to the classroom, there's an excellent place to start! Take a look at those top-heavy school districts and see how crowded classrooms have become.
#3 Feb 19, 2011
Great Post. Janel Ryan, Farmington Schools Superintendent, has: hired more administrators than any other school superintendent in the State of New Mexico, wasted thousands paying 2 high school teachers salaries and benefits after they were arrested for feeding alcohol to high school students in their home, has purchased more State vehicles per student for administrators than any other School District in the State of New Mexico, has decided to build a $50,000,000 new middle school to be located out of the City Limits where 1200 students will have to be bussed from town to the country and all schools will be redistricted, separating children from their school friends and teachers from the students they know - all this when it is not needed with more than 5,000 Farmington Metro Area citizens drawing unemployment and 2,000 more have left for other cities where there are JOBS.
Janel Ryan is still instructing teachers to ask the poorest of students to bring money from home to buy others school supplies while she continues to give raises to her favorite school administrators, buying expensive gasoline for their gas guzzling vehicles.
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