Not Much of an Education Story
We’re in sad circumstances when this hardly seems like much of a story at all:
The [Cranston] School Committee Tuesday approved a nearly $123.6-million budget that eliminates high school teams, the enrichment program [aka, honors programs], the elementary school strings, band and choral program, and lays off about 16 employees.
The teams cut are: freshman baseball, basketball and football; girls junior varsity field hockey; golf (coed); tennis (boys and girls); and indoor track (boys and girls).
Rhode Island students are being palpably harmed because adults lack the imagination and political will to beat back other adults’ greed. Which brings us to Pat Crowley testifying before the RI House Finance Committee:
The education cuts would apply immediate pressure on municipalities to raise property taxes, cut staff or reduce student programs, according to Patrick Crowley, assistant executive director for the National Education Association of Rhode Island.
What’s missing from Crowley’s list is something that officials fear to make a public point about: reductions in remuneration. The reason is that it’s the obvious necessity. They behave as if negotiations and concessions are some mysterious bending of reality that happens when officials and union leaders get together for verbal fencing behind closed doors. They’re wrong, and they should fear (as I do) that continuing failure to step forward into the light and declare the game over will result in voters’ demanding a Central Falls in every town.