How long can schools survive?

That’s the question a group of school superintendent bring up in this article from the Ithaca Journal.

Here’s a few specifics:

  • Trumansburg Superintendent Paula Hurley said she is sick of watching school board members pitted against one another trying to decide whether to hire a music teacher or cut an extracurricular program.
  • In Newfield, the only high-needs district in Tompkins County, Superintendent Cheryl Thomas said she can eliminate only so many more programs before there is not a school anymore.
  • Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES school districts have lost more than $8.6 million in state funding over the last several years, Superintendent Ellen O’Donnell said. Many districts are looking at bankruptcy and going out of business if this trend continues, she said.

So what can we do about it? Well, here’s one answer that I pass along, courtesy of Phil Cleary of the North Syracuse EA.

There’s another answer that I sense a groundswell of support. Move to a progressive income tax structure. Here’s a link to a simple and direct analysis about shared sacrifice.

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  1. Barry September 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I’ve attended several rallies in opposition to education cuts due to what the financial and real estate industries have done. Any chance NYSUT could join Occupy Wall Street? The Transit Workers Union of 80,000 has officially jumped on for an Oct. 5th march. If we unite as one middle class, we would be much stronger. The message will crystalize over time. This could be our opportunity. It’s also spread to Chicago and San Francisco. There’s just too much money siphoned to the top 1%, who pay at a lower tax rate than middle class, and scraps left for educating our children. There are reasonable solutions out there. Former labor secretary under Clinton explains this here.

    • Betsy Sandberg October 4, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta will be at the Oct. 5th march! As will members of the United Federation of Teachers, Professional Staff Congress and a number of others from the area.

  2. Betsy Marshall October 2, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Two great links! Thanks.

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