Wednesday, February 17, 2010

taxes only fund waste

Mishawaka cutting twenty five teachers. In a town of fewer than 50,000 people, that's a lot!

When the local government is short $4.7 million over 2 years, this is what it cuts, not some mythical victimless "government waste." Twenty five families will be pushed into financial upheaval, with the possibility in some cases of mortgage default and bankruptcy. Classrooms will grow that much larger and the other teachers will have to pick up the slack with classes that much more difficult to manage. Students all over the school district will get that much less individual attention.

The amount of money Mishawaka residents will save per capita on average: $51 per year. About $4 a month.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about this post for a while now, and just got around to reading the comments over at the SB Trib page. One brave soul says to raise taxes to where they used to be; the rest say privatize! cut costs! cut costs! cut costs! Including, and I shit you not, on the food supposedly being wasted at SB Community schools.
Now I don't know what they're feeding kids in a public school, but I'm going to guess it's not surf & turf five days a week.
God forbid we pay a couple bucks a year for schools to feed more kids than we'd like to admit their only reasonably nutritious and balanced meal of the day.