March 8, 2010
Stumbled across this article tonight:
Ever think of moving to Missouri? It’s really nice. I love it here. And man will you be impressed when you come and take a look at our schools! Your kids’ mouths will drop as you tour our campuses.
Olympic sized swimming pools, recording studios, fencing programs… yep, I’m not kidding. Sounds like a private country club for the rich, but no. It’s Missouri’s bloated public schools. Apparently a belief has set in that schools are not about educating kids in government, economics, mathematics, and science, but are instead social clubs.
“School officials say the cuts are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case.”
2 BILLION!!! That’s not million. That’s BILLIONS. We’re talking Bs here. Not Gs. Not Mils. Bs! One city! One school district! And what did they spend it on?
The district went on a buying spree that included a six-lane indoor track and a mock court complete with a judge’s chamber and jury deliberation room. But student achievement remained low, and the anticipated flood of students from the suburbs turned out to be more like a trickle.
Who needs an imagination. I’m sure the kids could never imagine what a court proceeding would look like without a complete mock courtroom and judge’s chamber. Back when I was in school, we had a field trip and visited the courthouse. Man, those were the days!
Hard to remember the old times. Back then I remember the gym coach blowing the whistle and us all running outside around the lawn, and then playing soccer, kickball, and baseball out there. Today? No way. That’s totally old fashioned. Who goes outside? They need an indoor six-lane track!
“This year alone officials expect to overspend the $316 million budget by $15 million and if nothing changes, the district will be in the red by 2011.”
And no matter how much money we pump into our schools, the kids test scores keep dropping.
Kansas City is among the most striking examples of the challenges of saving urban school districts. The city used gobs of cash to improve facilities, but boosting lagging test scores and stemming the exodus of students were more elusive.
So after blowing all the money, now our schools crawl to the Federal Government for more cash. But uh oh, Obama’s administration has blown all that money. There’s trillions allocated for the nuclear missile program to blow up the non-existent Soviet Union. Trillions for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Trillions for Wall Street and the banker bailouts. But schools? Healthcare? Nah.
Close the schools down guys. Don’t have insurance? Can’t afford it even though unemployment is rampant? Sorry!
Kansas City isn’t far from where I live. Our government politicians, school administrators, the whole lot of them. All complete failures. No priorities at all.
One of the youngest speakers at a forum, 9-year-old Richard Fisher III, had tears in his eyes as he begged administrators to keep his school open.
“Why do you want to close down our school?” asked Fisher, still clad in his blue and white school uniform. “We learn, play and have fun.”
There’s nothing more to say.