Friday, March 25, 2005

Albany School Budget and Taxes

Article in the TU today on the school budget. It doesn't appear to be on the web site but here are the highlights.

Current proposed budget would have a 8.8% tax increase.

Charter schools are causing public schools big problems.

May need to cut progams and have larger class sizes.

The budget director said "he was concerned that voteers might not approve a budget carrying an 8.8% tax hike and hoped to bring it down to 5%". I'd say that is a pretty valid concern.

Overall, things don't look so good. How the educational system can be in such bad shape in the richest country in the history of the world is very hard for me to comprehend. We've got a lot of work to do.