The Usual Ommission from School Budget Fights
Anchor Rising readers shouldn’t have any trouble guessing (let alone discerning) what’s missing from this report out of Cranston:
Wednesday night, on what was the first chance for the public to speak on the proposed budget, students, coaches and parents flocked to Cranston West’s auditorium, where the School Committee budget hearing was moved to accommodate the expected crowd.
Many donned team jerseys (revealing a clear home-team advantage) and defended the value of sports and the added push that rivalry brings.
“Don’t expect us to give up without fighting for what we have worked so hard to build up,” Deanna Archetto, a senior who swims for Cranston West, told the School Committee.
“There have to be other options that don’t involve chopping from the bottom,” she said.
The $1.1-million in proposed cuts — which include the elementary school enrichment program along with strings, band and chorus, following the recommendations of a court-ordered performance audit — follow the state Supreme Court ruling last month that found the district ignored the financial reality, continued to overspend its budget and then sued the city for additional money.
For readers who may be new to the site, I offer this clue:
At a time when the executive director of the National Education Association of Rhode Island is playing games with an application for nine-figures of federal assistance so as to keep his union’s members above accountability,* residents who wish to protest cuts to sports and other services should target their ire where it belongs.
* Which is not to say that I support the continued federal takeover of our educational system. I’m merely pointing to the clear priorities of the teachers’ union.