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March 29, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 12:02 am

 

RANDOM  MATTERS  WHILE  WAITING  ( NOT FOREVER,ALBANY L ) FOR STATE GOVERNMENT TO finish the budget and PASS AND FUND PROPERTY TAX REFORM 3/28/2010 11:43 PM

I TOLD THEM SO… AND I’M NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT BEING PROVED CORRECT.

When questioned by an Albany finance person about why I thought budget “caps” (instead of capping an individual’s property taxes via the Omnibus circuit breaker) were frankly dumb, I suggested one big problem with school budget “caps” was that he would be putting the foxes in charge of guarding  the henhouse.

The folks who would be in charge of what to cut in order to “cap” the budget, would be high priced, excessively compensated administrators like superintendents and assistant superintendents.

I was willing to give odds these guys were never going to cut their own administrative positions or perks or salaries no matter how excessive .

They could be counted upon to cut teachers and children’s programs instead.

Bingo! Comes the recent loss of state aid to school districts and guess who cuts teachers, kids’ programs, and everything but their perks and privileges? Administrators of course.

Give me a break here taxpayers. It’s hard enough to talk to NYC legislators about property tax reform when more school aid per capita is flowing into areas outside the city than to the five boroughs; but when I have to justify that extra aid going to school districts that wantonly support over 650 superintendents and goodness only knows how many assistant supers, wasting  many millions outside the classroom per year, it’s a much harder sell.

So when a community gives the superintendent a hefty raise; supports three other supernumeraries (not counting school administrators, like principals) -just the expensive ones sitting around the district office looking important -and then allows these administrators to cut TEACHING STAFF and MANY STUDENT PROGRAMS- well it’s no fun for me to say, “I told you so.”

You think I’m talking just about your district? Wrong! I’m reading about and getting letters from around the state that superintendents are cutting everything to the bone that pertains to children and the people who actually teach them, while the same superintendents are walking away with the same booty that made them among the most highly remunerated earners in the state.

“Cap” the budgets?   Just keep putting the foxes to guard the henhouse and see how many hens you have left.

 

 

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