Turning Point

Martin Fleming Published:

I think the time has finally come for the school districts to take a step back and review their current situations.  I mean, really review.  This is of course in my opinion. 

Salaries and Benefits for all concerned are going to go up.  This is a pure fact.

The current methods we are using to educate our children are not working as is report on TV that our nation is ranked around 20th in the World.  Think about it.  This is a serious concern.  Even though we don't know the exact point ranking as is our A++ student equal to their D students?  20th?

I believe a large majority of students who are entering the public school system are more technically advanced even of children 5 years ago.  The educational society is moving way too slow in getting technology in a students hands.  Teachers are unable to use today's technology when funds are so short for gettting students books.  Approximately $460,000.00 dollars were spent to accommodate 22 courses in the district at a time when we were offering 160.  This can be confirmed in archived minutes by the school district.

Double that amount and you can actually outfit every student, teacher and administrator with a tablet. Tie that into the school district and you have a powerful tool that would allow us to reduce the teaching staff over time to a point that would be feasible at a much lower cost to the community in terms of dollars but reap a great reward in the increase of the students academic ability.

As we all know, technology is traveling, improving and increasing in power daily and as each day goes by, the education system will fall farther behind in the world standing.  It's not about how smart is our nation, but how smart is our nation going to be in the future to keep us out of harms way?

Can we afford to move at our current pace and keep our nation strong in academics and get below the rating of twent to a 3, 2 or 1?

We need to work harder and faster.

Levies are starting to fail and the economy is now where near where it should be if you expect the public to foot the bill. So an alternative has to be  designed in haste to recover future rejections of levies and the reduction of the percentage of cost salaries and benefits are consuming of your general fund.

It's obvious.  The time of the support of the community is buckling.  It is not because they want it to, it is because they don't have the funds to support it.

The high paying jobs have given way to jobs that pay a half or a third of their prior job.  The lucrative benefit packages have given way to negotions and participation of the employee to help offset the rising health costs.

Everything has gone up in price except the employees wages which are falling just as fast if not more of prices rising.

We cannot wait for the economy to improve and expect levies to be passed.  Start thining, pardon the cliche' "Think outside of the Box", which means we forget the method of old and take advantage of technology as fast as we can.

Martin Fleming

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  • More money is certainly not the answer. DC public schools spend $29,000 per student and less than 20% graduate.  Note also that no politician sends their child to a public school?  And just why do only residential property owners fund public scools? Why shouldnt every resident be taxed? Unfortunately even the sound off editor believes we are a mob democracy and not a republic. Common core will further dumb down the masses. The elete will continue to send their children to private schools.