May 15, 2008

All over but the shouting

A big thank you to Orange County School Board members Joie W Cadle, Anne Geiger, Kathleen "Kat" Gordon, and Daryl Flynn, who voted for moving high school start times later. To those who didn't, and to those parents who have already started the campaign to rescind this vote, I have to say: This was the right decision. Deal with it.

That, as previously noted, teenagers do better in school when they don't have to awaken at five o'clock in the morning is actually secondary.

The primary concern here is that the district has to trim $70 million dollars out of its budget. Ideally, that money should come from places other than classrooms and libraries.

That administrators figured out how to save $2.3 million in this budget year alone (and more in years to come) just by changing the bus schedule is a brilliant piece of accounting, and they ought to be praised for it, not criticized.

If anyone is really fired up about maintaining the status quo, I suggest they figure out where the district can get $70 million—or even a measly $2.3 million—when the citizens of this state keep voting themselves property tax cuts.

Psst…Floridians…yeah, I'm talking to you…schools are funded by property taxes. But you knew that. Didn't you?

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