Let me be the first to point out: TEACHERS ARE NOT ON THE LIST!
I am listing only the public school information below because of copyright laws and this patriot didn’t ask the N&O for full disclosure. (It is legal to put part of an article(s) in a posting but not word for word unless you have written permission.) But if this information on the budget is what we are going to deal with, our legislators think like most of us in Lee County: Keep the teachers. Get rid of administration jobs and the waste!
Funds teacher assistants only in kindergarten and first grade classrooms: $259 million reduction
Support staff: $59 million reduction
Services for at-risk children: $30 million reduction
Principals and assistant principals: $25 million reduction
Merges More at Four preschool program with Smart Start program: $16 million reduction
Central office administrators: $11 million reduction”
Here’s the other article at the News and Disturber website :
The House budget fully funds the enrollment for the K-12 system. Perdue proposed to pay less per student, and push some of the expense onto local districts, but House budget writers decided not to go along with that idea.
But school district administrators would have to find $347 million in savings on their own.
Under the proposal, the state would pay for fewer teacher assistants, assistant principals, and classroom supplies. Looking at proposed cuts to counselors, media specialists, administrators and teacher assistants, state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson was struck by how many fewer adults would be working in schools.
The reductions that districts will have to find on their own, coupled with a prohibition on increasing class sizes in grades K-3 make it likely that classes in middle and high schools will grow, Atkinson said.
“It’s almost as if we’re putting public education in the reverse gear rather than putting public education into drive where we can continue to really make progress,” she said.
The House proposal also would slash budgets for courts, public safety and prisons by about 10 percent, while making sweeping changes to how the agencies are organized.”
Now we are in definitely in our rights as taxpayers to tell Moss and friends to cut the waste and stop frightening the teachers and kids!!!