Sunday, April 17, 2011

Duffy: Layoffs & Program Cuts Are "Knee-jerk Reactions" *

   
To: SCATS
Re: TV interview - Lt. Gov. Duffy on school budgets.


1. Very interesting interview with Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy Friday night.
2. I understood Duffy to say...
2a. teacher layoffs and program cuts were knee jerk reaction to reduced state aid...
2b. state operations and state government were cut 10% across the board, but education only about 2%...
2c. education as been growing 10% to 15% every year...
3. Interview on program “New York NOW”, originates WMHT Albany, broadcast WXXI Rochester, 10:30PM, Friday Apr 15, 2011.
4. There was a short (1:46) YOU TUBE video segment of Duffy interview on WMHT home page when I checked Sat night.

Comment/question invited.
George Hubbard



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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

George Thank you for sharing...I wish Duffy had said what the Cuomo intends to do to help school reduce contract costs. The BOE don't have the ability as I understand it to force that. What he said about the kids at the capital,sad and true.

Shan

Anonymous said...

We all should be writing our state reps about these issues- they cross party lines. Guidelines for wages and benefits that are linked to state aid, I think, would get school districts' attention. Maybe phased in over a few years so that contracts could be adjusted.

Did the kids who participate in sports care at all that other teams got cut? Since adult leadership is so devoid here in Greece maybe the kids could figure a way forward... Has anyone asked? Just a dream I have...

Anonymous said...

Management is up 30%- that is a huge increase. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Maybe the letters to our state leaders should request a salary cap for the management.

SCATS said...

To 10:37PM ~~ Aren't the politicians also "management" of tax $$s?

Anonymous said...

The problem at the local level is that most school-based budget directors are quickly indoctrinated into the spend-spend-spend mode of public education.

They ignore trends and focus only on providing a balanced budget for the upcoming year, rather than budgeting strategically for a couple of years into the future.

Consider this: LAST year, the public mantra was "if you thought THIS year is bad, wait until next year."

Yet nobody planned for it?! Now, it's "next year" and they are all surprised?

Those business officials and Superintendents are incompetent. Sadly, (and mark my words) they will keep their jobs and get raises while others suffer.

Anonymous said...

I see Bizzard just got hired in Chicago. Isn't it funny how someone is considered great in a district, right up until they disagree with the BOE? Isn't that right Coach Webby?

SCATS said...

To 12:39PM ~~ I think this is a HUGE loss for Rochester. Brizzard moved RCSD forward during his short tenure. I only wish we could get someone of his calibre to lead Greece ... I know, it's just a fantasy ...

Anonymous said...

Scats,

Surely you must be joking about Brizzard.

I like his stance against the unions, but....

He twice lowered educational and testing standards. And still could not get more than 50% of the students to graduate.

He is also an advocate of school choice, and all the bussing associated with it.

Are you sure you want someone of his caliber in Greece???

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure Rochester will get anyone that can stand the constant battle with the union chief there. Every time there is any issue with education, Dr. Urbanski starts his quote with, "This superintendent..." and then explains how the Supt has not conferred with him or the teachers to find out what is wrong. Maybe Rochester should just let Adam have his say for a year or two and see if he can fix all the things he seems to believe he can. After a couple of years, things will be better or the union chief will stop talking.

Anonymous said...

What a good idea...Adam Urbanski as the Greece superintendent. We would all finally get what we deserve.

Anonymous said...

Dear "He is also an advocate of school choice, and all the bussing associated with it",

The difference is that in the city, Brizard and just about anyone else will publicly state this school performs lousy or that school stinks, therefore showing a need to give kids a chance to avoid certain schools. Here is Greece, those in power will look you in the eye and say "there really is no difference between this school or that school". That is until they need to use the differences to defend keeping soc.

Anonymous said...

to 10:02. And all our teachers are above average too! Maybe we have all fallen asleep and we were moved to Lake Wobegon!
Oh well, I'm sure the powers that be can solve all the minor problems we have here.

SCATS said...

To 7:53AM ~~ Keep saying it until you believe it. A big slug of PTA-provided Kool-Aid helps you to believe the words too. Unless you actually start to think about what's going on ... ;)