Thursday, April 01, 2010

CT schools face 'catastrophic' budget woes

Robert Frahm's headline at the CT Mirror:

Public schools confronting 'catastrophic' budget woes--and the worst is ahead

And an excerpt from the story:

"It's a bleak picture," said Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents. Last year, about 1,200 teaching jobs were lost across the state. This year, Cirasuolo said, "I wouldn't be surprised if it's over 2,000."

As for Cheshire, if you trust the sometimes amorphous BOE budget numbers, we have 16 fewer teachers (a.k.a. certified staff) this year than we did last year:We aren't alone in our budget woes.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

The CEA is responsible for this. They have plenty of cash for slick ad campaigns, but can't spare a dime in concessions to avoid layoffs

Anonymous said...

Oh my property value will go down! Don't worry about it because they are going down all over the State. We are lucky. Our Town will be able to provide all the services that we had in the past. I didn't see any significant cuts to the BOE or the Town budget. This is all political. Get over it and stop wasting money on adds etc. The taxpayers voted in NOV and want NO TAX INCREASES this year. Give us a break. I'm tired of the only "$150 more for the average homeowner" slogan. How about the businesses and commercial property owners? How do we keep them in Town? One has to think about everyone.

Anonymous said...

since my state union accepted concessions that froze my pay, why should I pay $150 more in property tax so the teacher's union can keep their raises?

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh when people keep saying $150 more. That is based on a home assessment of $200,000. How many people have a home assessment of $200,000 most of us will be paying a great deal more.