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.