Ok, someone ‘splain this to me.
My daughter goes to public school in New York City. And, while the Big Apple isn’t known for having a super-stellar system, she happens to go to one of the top-rated schools in all 5 boroughs. We love it, she loves it, everyone loves it. The parents are massively involved and care deeply about the school, its programming and the teachers.
So, why did the city just cut $250,000 from it’s budget for next year?
That’s 5% of the entire budget and the school already relied upon substantial fundraising from the parent association to keep it humming along.
Before you say, “well everyone is hurting and every school has to share in the burden,” let me add one more fact.
Our school budget was cut disproportionately MORE than others, BECAUSE of its stellar performance.
It seems the quest for exceptional family involvement and the pursuit of excellence are not rewarded, but rather punished.
What kind of message is that sending to the administration, the teachers, the parents and, eventually the kids? Hold us all accountable for exceptional performance with one hand, then smack us with the other every time a kid gets an A.
Has anyone else experienced something like this? How did you handle it?
Am I missing something?
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