August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Some Minnesota districts are worried about filling seats
The 2008 Minnesota school board season was uncommonly action-packed, with several hotly contested races and crowded candidate slates. Continue Reading
Tags: Ada Borup, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, dgf, hawley, K12 education, Lake Park-Audubon, Moorhead, ulen-hitterdal 5 Comments »
Hmmm. So I wonder where all the self proclaimed experts are that fill up these blogs with their incredible knowledge of what’s wrong with our school systems?
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I am not suprised. These people serve and all they get in return are headaches from people who blame their situation in life on their lack of motivation while in school.
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With people becoming tighter with their money and the economy not getting any better I wouldn’t want to sit on a board either and take a beating from the public because you have to ask for more money to keep the school running.
The real problem is our government. They care more about a war 10,000 miles away then they do about our education problem. More and more schools are closing or consolidating because they need to save money. Now you have schools going to 4 day weeks to save money. It’s no wonder that we have become the laughing stock of the world with education. Obama can spend billions on a war, but just can’t seem to find his checkbook when it comes to education and saving programs and schools.
Then you have a state that will give out millions for roads and buildings, bu yet where is the the education bill when it needs to be signed? It is at the end of the agenda when all the money has been spend and education might get the scraps that are left over. The U.S. government needs to have a major overhaul and get their priorities straight for once.
I have served on a school board in the days when schools had money and people cared about their kids education. It was still a lot of head aches and stress. One thing I learned is that no matter how much you try to please the people of the district you are still going to have some out there that are going to disagree with you no matter what.
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Personally, I still think most schools have a spending problem, not a funding problem. Stop spending $100K+ for your superintendents as a start! Most schools are fairly top heavy with their salaries and positions. Try eliminating some of the dead weight at the top first before you pull the ‘woe is me’ card out. In my opinion, most schools have lost the trust of the public! West Fargo and Breckenridge are two prime examples. Until school districts can come to the realization that taxpayers are not an open checkbook, and that we are on budgets as well, I would expect this trend to continue. I would happily serve on a school board, but the issue is, by the end of the first meeting, the teachers would hate me, the superintendent would ask for my resignation, and the other members on the school board would think I am nuts when I come in and propose a budget, because I would, heaven forbid, cut things like ESL and other programs I find ‘useless’ or outside of the core curriculum.
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I’m not sure I understand the desire to cut out ESL. If you are born in Germany and come here you learn English. That is your second language. People keep saying to become citizen learn the language and then we cut ESL. That’s kind of dumb to be very blunt.
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