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  •  This is a tough spot (2+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, isabelle hayes

    I feel for the teachers who feel it has gotten to this point that it is the only alternative.

    I also know that people are feeling maxed out on property and sales taxes.

    It is unrealistic to think that we can just keep raising property taxes every few years to keep covering the short falls in the various budgets around the country because it is getting to the point of critical mass where it is just too much and makes owning a home not worth it.

    Sales tax its the same thing. In Cuyahoga county here sales tax is like 7.5% I think. There is just not too much more room to go up. Are we going to go to 10-12% one day?

    I am not sure what it is, but we have to find a solution to funding schools that does not involve pricing ordinary citizens out of many locales because taxes become exorbitantly high.

    •  stop cronyism (5+ / 0-)

      read my past diaries. just in this year alone CPS may have blown $100+ million on crony contracts and self promotion of Rahm election promises.

      did you read this?

      Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools

      here is a sample

      THE COST of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In the domain of venture philanthropy—where donors decide what social transformation they want to engineer and then design and fund projects to implement their vision—investing in education yields great bang for the buck.

      Hundreds of private philanthropies together spend almost $4 billion annually to support or transform K–12 education, most of it directed to schools that serve low-income children (only religious organizations receive more money). But three funders—the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad (rhymes with road) Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation—working in sync, command the field. Whatever nuances differentiate the motivations of the Big Three, their market-based goals for overhauling public education coincide: choice, competition, deregulation, accountability, and data-based decision-making. And they fund the same vehicles to achieve their goals: charter schools, high-stakes standardized testing for students, merit pay for teachers whose students improve their test scores, firing teachers and closing schools when scores don’t rise adequately, and longitudinal data collection on the performance of every student and teacher. Other foundations—Ford, Hewlett, Annenberg, Milken, to name just a few—often join in funding one project or another, but the education reform movement’s success so far has depended on the size and clout of the Gates-Broad-Walton triumvirate.

      Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

      by Hyde Park Johnny on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:48:02 PM PDT

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    •  recently retired (2+ / 0-)
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      israelfox87, mrkvica

      I hate to tell you but paying taxes is how you provide for public services, schools, and libraries.  Where else do you think the money is going to come from?

      I'm an ordinary citizen and I'd rather pay taxes than have services cut. I also recently retired and had to take a careful look at what I was spending my money on.  I was shocked at the waste, especially on what we were spending on technology and eating out.  We  made some lifestyle changes (cable was the first to go - 700 channels and nothing to watch - saved me $30 a month).  

      When I see so many school kids have the latest, greatest phone/clothes/stuff and hear their parents complain about taxes, it makes me wonder if we don't have a values problem rather than a revenue problem.  With the obvious exception of children/families living in poverty, it comes down to choices.  If you want that library or good schools, you have to pay for them.

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