[Kindergarten isn’t one of the] necessities in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to the school district’s proposal to cut costs amidst a $7 million deficit. Officials voted Monday to approve $200,000 in raises for 14 administrators.
It certainly seems like the $18,000 raise the school superintendent got, would go a long way toward providing sports equipment, yes. But it doesn’t cover the cost of the coach to run the sports program. The $200,000 as a whole might cover a few kindergartens, but it doesn’t solve the budget crunch.
How about firing administrators, and decentralizing control from the central school board and county offices to the individual schools? Of course, that’s not where the budget decisions are made. And as Mark Twain said,
You can’t make a man see the truth when his salary depends on not seeing it.
The administrators are maintaining the bureaucracy which pays them rather than the schools which are their alleged raison d’etre. Maybe they can train some digitally savvy Indians to be long-distance kindergarten teachers.