MPG Posted: May 5, 2007 9:08 PM >With the swing in salaries favoring the city or other >suburbs, my local schools could no longer attract as >many top-notch teachers, and there was a definite >decline in some schools and some of the high school >departments, notably in math and science.
And so, your theory is that, at a time when the whole rest of the country was embarking on a campaign to quadruple education expenditures, yours was the only town in the U.S. to actually reduce spending. This story may even be true, but you can understand our skepticism and why we would want to see some evidence of this. After all, then, as now, N.J. is one of the highest taxed states in the country and it spends like drunken sailors on education.
Quite possibly, what you do not remember, because you were a child and it would not have made any sense to you, is that your town might have entered into some kind of cost sharing arrangement with a neighboring. Only recently, I saw, and posted, an article describing this ancient N.J. practice. In this case, your town may very well have been spending less, but the schools would have been getting their same, rising allotment of money. It is, simply, incredible that in the late 1950s to early 1960s, a school district, in N.J. of all places, would actually be getting less money, not more.
>I'm sure Haim would have been an active voice in the >Cosmos Club (had he been Italian) or some other local >anti-tax, anti-public schools groups, urging people to >think as narrowly and with little vision as possible. >If there were no local scandals of financial abuse, >he'd have cooked some up or, most likely, told many >tales of horror about financial mismanagement somewhere >else.
Yea, well I think I will leave the cooking to you. You are "sure" I would do this or that, but
(a) you do not know me, (b) I did not live in N.J., (c) I am not Italian, (d) I never heard of the Cosmos Club, and (e) Anytime I want "tales of horror" and other stories of financial abuse in the schools, I have only to open a newspaper, as this thread will attest,
while you make inferences from your wholesale fabrications about me. What a schmuck.
>Not to go all bumper-stickerish, but as the saying >goes, "If you think education is expensive, try >ignorance."
We are so there. And you are right, it is very expensive.
>And that's precisely what the Haim's and Wayne's of the >land would love to see us do. Education for them and >theirs, but not for anyone else.
Aren't you the great humanist who makes fun of dead people?