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Concerning the June 2 story “School system’s financial picture forcing heavy funding cuts”:

Things are really getting ridiculous. After retiring, I have been substituting for the Richmond County school system. To see these principals suggesting having teachers take over absent teachers’ classes to eliminate using substitutes to save money has got to be a joke. First, basic substitutes are paid $53 a day, which is a bargain. That amount is not worth the time it takes me to get ready, much less to handle 25 kids for seven hours.

Second, it is all most teachers can do to maintain between a college-roar and a full-scale riot in their own classrooms. Watching another class would be unfair, unsafe and unrealistic for the teacher and the students.

Cut administrators, coordinators and their staffs. Leave the funding where it belongs – that is, in the classroom, not at district headquarters.

James C. Murray, Jr.

Augusta

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deestafford
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deestafford 06/09/13 - 05:06 am
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Why are there so many administrators in a school today?

When I was in high school in the 50s and early 60s, we had a principal, one assistant principal, two secretaries, one janitor, a guidance counselor, a nurse, and some ladies in the lunchroom for a school of around 1200 students.
As far as discipline goes if a student was unruly the principal had the authority to kick him out of school. No BOE approval or some tribunal. The principal was in charge of the school.
As with many problems, our education system can be traced back to liberal policies which caused the breakup of the family and the 60s radicals taking over our educations system from the national level to the local level.
One of the best things that could happen to education is to completely eliminate the Department of Education, all federal mandates, and turn the responsibility of educating children over to the states, local communities, and the parents. But once again, it is not about educating children as much as it is a power grab by the federal government.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/09/13 - 07:05 am
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The entire public school

The entire public school system need to be changed from the top down.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 06/09/13 - 07:27 am
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Amen!

The public schools are permanently "broken" by thousands of pages of state and federal regulation. Ever wonder why we have so many administrators and so few actual teachers? Private, Charter and home schools are the natural outgrowth of the complete and abject failure of public schools!

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/09/13 - 10:15 am
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The best public schools in the world

are in the former Warsaw Pact nations, and they get results on a shoestring, compared to what we sink into administration.

No, $53 a day isn't much at all for a substitute teacher. Bus drivers deserve similar appreciation.

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/09/13 - 10:58 am
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close all the public schools
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send the kids home to do virtual school.

heugenerenno
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heugenerenno 06/09/13 - 11:28 am
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Riot in the classroom?

Why do classrooms not have audio/video cameras? This technology is pretty cheap. It would provide monitoring of class behavior, identifying teachers who are unable to maintain order, identifying students who should be removed and provide evidence for the parents that in fact little Johnny did do the deed. Oh, by the way, it would also identify poor teaching ability and provide a basis for improving overall teaching results.

heugenerenno
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heugenerenno 06/09/13 - 11:28 am
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Riot in the classroom?

Why do classrooms not have audio/video cameras? This technology is pretty cheap. It would provide monitoring of class behavior, identifying teachers who are unable to maintain order, identifying students who should be removed and provide evidence for the parents that in fact little Johnny did do the deed. Oh, by the way, it would also identify poor teaching ability and provide a basis for improving overall teaching results.

Darby
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Darby 06/10/13 - 09:43 am
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Ever wonder why, despite their

relatively small numbers, home schooled and charter school students take home so much of the "glory" in national spelling bees, geography bees, math, history and science competitions? They certainly win far, far more than their "fair share" don't they?

Instead of being recognized and applauded for their success, all we hear from the establishment are thinly veiled criticisms such as their "failure to learn the value of social interaction". Whatever that means.

The poor kids never learn how to bully others or where the best connections to get dope are to be found. Oh yeah, sending and receiving texts during school without being detected. That must be what they mean by social interaction.

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