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  •  HPJ, if you read the context, you... (0+ / 0-)

    ...wouldn't even ask that question.

    I will say that any Kossack who supports Elon Musk's SpaceX must also support vouchers in education.

    Also, would a troll have proposed a graduated tax on wealth, as I have for over a year?

    Regrettably, too many Dems would rather increase the tax burden on the working and middle-class instead of the Warren Buffets and Larry Ellisons of the US.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

    by PatriciaVa on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:41:55 PM PDT

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    •  PVa, so what you say to my evidence (2+ / 0-)
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      of a surplus and that you keep citing the anti-labor Tribune as your primary source for a deficit.

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

      by Hyde Park Johnny on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:58:28 PM PDT

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      •  On the Fund Balance.... (0+ / 0-)

        What CPS says...

        General Operating Fund Reserve: In August 2008, CPS adopted a new policy formally requiring the Board to maintain an unreserved, designated fund balance of a minimum of 5% and a maximum of 10% of the operating and debt service budget. For CPS, 5% represents just one month of our payroll expense. Delayed state aid payments in the past three fiscal years are further evidence that CPS must maintain reserves to offset fluctuations in cash flow. In the fall of FY2011, continued delays in state payments and late receipt of property taxes forced CPS to draw on a “line of credit”. While the loan was repaid when property taxes began to flow into the district, CPS had to pay interest and fees. A healthy fund balance, also known as a reserve fund, could have helped steady cash flow and eliminate the need for short term borrowing. Going forward, CPS plans to maintain adequate fund balance in accordance with its policy by controlling expenditures, saving one-time revenues and encouraging the
        State to resume a regular payment schedule.

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        5% to 10% of 5.8B in operating revenue is 290M to 580M.  So the 700M is more than adequate, at this point.

        With respect to the 316M increase, much of that came from one-time items, specifically federal funds no longer available.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

        by PatriciaVa on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:25:59 PM PDT

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      •  At most, perhaps, the union can argue.. (0+ / 0-)

        ...that it should be able to use 100M of that 700M.

        Hyde Park Johnny, the CPS either needs more revenue or less expenditures.  And if it's going to ask for more revenue, it should not ask for a property tax  or sales tax hike.

        Why not lobby the state for a wealth tax?

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

        by PatriciaVa on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:29:30 PM PDT

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        •  admin salaries have gone up this year (3+ / 0-)
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          some by 35%

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

          by Hyde Park Johnny on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:49:32 PM PDT

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          •  No school administrator should make more than... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...80K a year, and most school districts are grossly overstaffed at the administrative level.

            I believe that nationally there will be dramatically fewer school districts one decade from today.  States will mandate that neighboring school districts consolidate, maintaining the same number of teachers but cutting administrative jobs by more than 50%.

            Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

            by PatriciaVa on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 07:02:53 PM PDT

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            •  Yes-by all means, let's pit the teachers (2+ / 0-)
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              against the administrators, PatriciaVa.

              Let's just keep getting more and more granular in facilitating the privateers' efforts to pit educators at all levels against one other.  

              That is just what they want, and you are being a good little lemming.

              If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

              by livjack on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 10:08:27 PM PDT

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            •  Hmm, your name comes up often (0+ / 0-)

              espousing conservative ideas not commonly help around here.

              But I digress.   Administrators supervise teachers, especially new one, to get them up to speed.  A small school will have 40 staff members who need to go through a lengthy evaluation process that an administrator needs to  They also supervise the revision and development if curriculum so that it's in compliance with the ever changing laws.  

              Then there's special education: who runs that department - the teachers?  Or facilities maintenance - maybe the  teachers should tend to the boiler along with teaching math.  Of course, you could always get rid of HR and have teachers do the hiring.   And let's have teachers setting up the annual budget-now there's an idea for you!  Or you just ignore the ELL kids, then you could get rid of yet another administrator.  If a student gets in trouble, the teacher could leave his/her 25 other students for a few hours to deal with the one student, contact the parent, and set up the disciplinary plan.  

              Can't agree with you on the cap on administrative salaries, since there are so few qualified candidates for these positions as it is.  

              It's the latest rage to think that public employees don't work hard, but the reality is very different.

        •  Teachers = the union (3+ / 0-)
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          You are talking about teachers.  I always wonder who people like you think "the union" is.  It is the teachers.  Period.

    •  I'm sorry but their is a huge difference (0+ / 0-)

      between privatized space flight and teaching children.  I can't even say how absurd the comparison is.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:04:45 AM PDT

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