As if we needed more reasons not to trust our local school districts. Reports are pouring in from all over that some school districts might try to hijack the money intended for teacher raises by either not giving them as much as the legislature intended or treating the money as a one-time bonus to be rescinded at the pleasure of the district. Needless to say, this leaves a lot of legislators hopping mad and demanding that the districts account for such discrepancies as underreporting the number of teachers while the legislature was in session. When heaped onto the poor accounting for classroom size reduction funds and stagnant teacher pay despite massive increases in education spending, we see even more evidence of school administrators running amok and spending our money in irresponsible ways.
Even after blatant abuse of our trust and pocketbooks, they still have the audacity to continue to demand more and more money from the state to spend on who knows what. When are we going to stop mindlessly defending this institutionalized corruption and start firing, prosecuting and jailing these miscreants for enriching themselves instead of the education of our children? When are teachers going to rise up and take their principals and superintendents to task for spending more and more money on things other than hiring and retaining quality teachers? When will organizations like the UEA and PTA stop encouraging these abuses of power and start actually, you know, standing up for the people they're supposed to represent? You know, the teachers and parents mentioned in your organizations' mission statements?
It's ironic that the Utah legislators that they have attacked for the voucher program are the main ones making noise over teacher raises being misdirected and the non-results from over a decade of classroom size reduction spending.