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    State Question 744 is an initiative to put more money in the public schools. No one, including the governor whose wife is a former teacher, supports this unless they are in the Teacher's Union. The powers that be in support of this initiative have run TV commercials and sent out literature on the thing. The irony? Most of the kids in the commercial are in my dds' homeschool drama class. The students who posed for pictures as public school students who are sad about our public schools are homeschoolers!
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    I don't know that I could resist the temptation to rework that post slightly and send it as a letter to the editor to all major news papers
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    That is too funny. I don't think I could resist publicizing this little fact either.
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    That's just too funny.
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    Go figure! Those poor, poor "sad" (pretend) public school kids!
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    No comment on the politicin', but the fact that the kids are homeschooled? That's awesome
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    I love the fact that the kids are homeschooled, but I have to ask: what's wrong with more money for the public schools? As a former teacher, I know firsthand how much schools and teachers need more funds. Not everyone has the luxury of homeschooling, and our kids will have to live and work with a population who may grow into under-educated adults. Sorry if I missed something!
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    One of the biggest problems with the initiative is that there is no language creating oversight as to how the money is to be spent. The districts can spend it however they want. It doesn't have to go to the classroom at all - it can go straight to the administration at the highest level and still be used legally.

    As a former teacher, I found it very frustrating how much money went to administration, but those of us on the front lines got little or no money from these initiatives, and when we did get the money, we had no say in how it needed to be used. This initiative again puts the onus on the classroom teacher with no means of support. Additionally, this is an unfunded bill. No one has stated where the money is coming from aside from having to cut other services.

    It is a very poorly written piece of legislation.
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    My county recently emergency voted in a 1% sales tax to "save" the schools from a serious budget crisis. The commercials for it were all about how they were cutting programs and laying off teachers. I refrained from voting because when I actually checked the budget (public record, fellow county citizens!), not one administrative job or salary had been cut, not even one of the army of unempowered assistants who run blockade for the deciders...also their salaries were really, really high for the region and size of the district.
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    I'm a fan of teacher pay, but the week after the 1% sales tax increase "to avoid cuts for schools" passed referendum in my state happened to be the last week of school, and the children learned absolutely nothing since they spent the entire week playing games and watching videos. It kinda left a bad taste in my mouth and made me more than a bit reluctant to vote for such measures in the future.
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