Niskayuna’s School Budget Voted Down – Wow!
As a Niskayuna resident (and a former teacher, no less) who has put a child through their fantastic school system, I'm having a hard time with this subject. Actually, a VERY hard time.
Somehow, we've become THAT family - the now empty nesters who put a child through a school system that gave him the foundation and discipline to graduate CUM LAUDE from college, and now complaining about outrageous taxes. Talk about a conflict!
I'm still a little shocked that it was voted down to be honest I don't know if people really understand what that will mean to a school system. What programs will be affected? Will there be teacher layoffs?
On the other hand, so many of us are being squeezed out by a $700/month tax bill. Whether you have children in the school or not, it's still a cause of deep concern.
On the OTHER OTHER hand, who wants to deny kids the very programs that you know had a great effect on yours?
Bottom line? They need to change the way schools are funded. It's a faulty system that punishes great teachers, property owners and kids who deserve all of the resources available to them to learn. That's as far as I can get with this article. I don't know the alternative besides a dedicated lottery where 100% of it goes to schools. Hey, don't ask me - I'm just the piano player
What ideas to YOU have? Leave them in the comment section, cuz I've run out of them (ideas, that is)