Schools' budgeting is unethical
The chairman of the Salem-Keizer School Board, Mike Basinger, (guest opinion, April 15), along with the Oregon School Boards Association president, Peggy Penland, (letter to the editor, April 25) and state Rep. Phil Barnhart (guest opinion, April 26), want Oregonians to believe that they are responsible and transparent budget wizards when it comes to school rainy-day reserves. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Let's do the math: Each ELL student brings around $2,400 extra each school year to school districts. In the past four years, the Salem-Keizer School District received an extra $48 million for the education of ELL children and spent only $25 million on their special programs. This practice begs the question, where did the other $23 million go? This is where the school district got its rainy-day reserves.
Unions: Money? jingle jingle What money? jingle jingle I don't see any money?