Monday, August 15, 2005

Salaries or math books?

It happens all across the state. Negotiated salaries and benefits trump school supplies for the children. The most recent instance comes from Clarksville and County Mayor Douglas Weiland is letting everyone know.

Weiland contends school officials falsely stated the commission's action would prevent the system from buying math textbooks "when in fact it would actually transfer money from the textbook account in order to increase the salary and benefit accounts." From the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.

I don't expect anyone to work for free and I believe that great teachers earn great wages. I, and a lot of other taxpayers, do expect our school boards and administrators to be honest about where the money goes and not play a political shell game with the finances.

(Thanks Ben.)

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