OK Kilroy, KO has got lot’s of posts about this topic and it’s really funny that he’s using the same arguments AGAINST IRSD as many did here in NCC against CSD’s referendum. His history of disclosing identities precludes posting there. He is literally criticizing IRSD for mishandling of district funds and suggesting the public withhold support for their referendum. Wait, isn’t that what many residents did in CSD and weren’t they criticized for penalizing the students?? You need to call him up and tell him he’s arguing the same point CSD residents’ had only this time it’s someone else’s district and he isn’t friends with the board members. Mishandling and Mis-prioritization of district money. I’d say he’s a little too close to the older ‘Pugsley’ CSD school board member and his fellow board member, ‘Tuesday’, for his own good to be objective. Drain the swamp at CSD, drain it at IRSD.
What I don’t see in your point, is how putting the funding issue into the hands of the legislature would prevent districts from continuing to play fast and loose with the money. The legislators are removed even further from the sordid details of district exclusions, payments, and transfer payments. The crux of the argument is ‘accountability’. If the administrators and board were held legally accountable for misdirection, mishandling, and failure to comply with said goals of referendums, we wouldn’t have as many shenanigans. If the super of IRSD goes to jail, maybe other supers would be less inclined to dabble in the gray areas. If the last 4 supers from CSD were found criminally guilty of obfuscating their fiduciary duty by withholding funds from charters, maybe residents wouldn’t be so cynical. If board members were held legally bound to fund what is stated in referendums, maybe they wouldn’t let supers run amok. They’d whistle blow. Wait… DE state residents keep voting Dems into office who put Dems in charge of DOE who are in collusion with DSEA unions who cajole board members. hmmm, who to whistle-blow on when they are all in on the game.
The real issue is state ed. employees, gov’t employees and our legislators are not legally bound to their choices. They can make financially inappropriate decisions and then blame it on everyone else. New Jersey legislators funded schools and the unions, so much that most of their budget is now unfunded liabilities OR they have school taxes comparable to private school tuition. They are never to blame, it’s always ‘the system’, there’s always a scapegoat and the public scratches its head; “what does it take for them to do go to jail”. Will Hil(liar)y go to jail for breaking federal law? Will she be held responsible for not sending people in to protect our Libyan emissaries? What does it matter, right? They’re dead! Taxpayers are dead tired of the BS.
Educational funding has been redistributed, bungled and mismanaged for decades and now 30-40% are fed up getting no service while paying the bulk of the bills. No one has gone to jail. The legislature will not fix this and they’ll continue to fund ventures that fail. It’s in their nature: Bloom, Fiskar, Wind turbines, RTTT, SBAC, Common core tests, etc. Start investing educational dollars in students who appreciate and will provide some form of educational return vs. rewarding bad behavior or poor academic performance. That isn’t elitist, that’s simply the reality of rewarding students/ parents who put forth effort vs. rewarding students for inappropriate behavior. You want more funding for schools, show they are providing value don’t cry the charter’s are skimming. They wouldn’t be ‘skimmed’ if the residents felt they were getting an educational value. Legislators are disinclined to offer any penalty to dysfunctional school performance. Maybe school boards and supers need to be disbanded/ criminalized by the auditor or law enforcement for financial stupidity.
Fight for ALL students not just the ones that Social Warriors believe ‘deserve’ support.
My rationale for wanting legislators to fund traditional and charter schools like Votechs (by legislation) is to shift greater burden on them. Many state legislators sold-out to Jack Markell’s butchering of traditional public education and shifting funds to charter schools. When charter schools buy restate that restate becomes exempt from local school taxes. Combined those loss in local school tax with local share to charters within they get their 100% of local taxes. Also, when Red Clay raises operational funding via referendums, charter schools get a kick back (share). Also, all the federal and state mandates associated the Rodel’s of the world takeover of public schools forces local taxpayers to back-fill loss in federal and state grants. Then there is education union leaders and former snow-blind on the realities of hardships on taxpayer re: healthcare cost, no step-pay in private sector, no wages increase or cost of living increases for private sector and much more. They said, let’s share the pain but the reality is the taxpayers are getting fuck paying for better healthcare for educators than themselves. I am not taking cheap-shots at teachers BUT DAMN some of their fearless leaders pretty much say TFB taxpayers! Yea its all for the kids! A cup of coffee a day! Remember the Bell to Bell shit! It was more like your kids can go to hell because we want a raise and we don’t want to share the pain when it comes to healthcare cost!
Requiring state legislators to set the local school tax rate may make them think better before they kiss John Carney’s ass like they do Jack Markell. Also, it will end the disruption of referendums and end the cat and mouse gave of bullshit Red Clay events tactfully set on referendum vote nights. P.S the judge isn’t going to require Red Clay to give $$$$ it back but will make recommendation schools be closed on referendum days or at best no after school activities in the buildings referendums are being held! Also, before any weighed funding is permitted we must required legislators to set local school tax rates.