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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Out Of Control Spending In American Government Schools 

Originally titled “Reverse the alarming growth rate” in Texas Insider, January 27, 2011

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes   |   January 28, 2011 Revision

Over the past decade public education spending across the nation has increased dramatically.  The costs are rising faster than the taxpayer can fund them.  In Texas there has been a 63 percent increase. Why has there been such a large increase in spending while student performance has declined? 

For certain the money is not going toward instructional costs. The Texas Education Agency reports that total expenditures per pupil are $11,567 with only $4,972 going toward instructional costs. 

Where is the money going? 

To pay the salaries of large numbers of non-teaching personnel. 

From 1998-99 to 2008-09 the number of teachers in Texas rose from 256,276 to 325,809, a 27.1 percent increase, while during the same period the number of administrators rose from 18,531 to 25,130, a 35.6 percent increase. 

The teacher to non-teacher ratio is 1.019! 

Has all of this extra help from non-teaching personnel provided an uptick in academic improvement to justify the cost? 

To the contrary. 

We have seen a decline in results.  The average Texas SAT score has continued to drop: 992 in 1998-1999, 989 in 1999-2000, and 985 in 2009-2010. 

Why are there so many ancillary members with numerous curriculum directors?  Why are there so many administrators?  

It appears that our educators consider spending taxpayer money on well-paid non-teaching staff to be more vital than spending money to retain new well-trained teachers who often leave after five years for better jobs and work environments. 

The elimination of these layers of non-teaching bureaucracy must be a very high priority in getting our education finances in order. 

Far too much money and time are being spent on public education with little “return on our taxpayer investment” dollars.  As student scores slide southward and violence and disrespect continue to grow at alarming rates in our schools, we cannot expect voters to continue shaking the money tree.  

Voters across America have already sent the message that we want less government, less spending, and a return to the ways that made us a great nation. 

That message also applies to state and local governments and how our money is used for education. 

Public school administrators must take the leadership in returning to the simple, time proven ways of imparting knowledge and stop trying out every newfangled idea that consultants, elitists, and “reformers” want to test next to justify their existence and fat salaries. 

If educators are unwilling to listen to the taxpayers about less spending and improving student performance, they are going to face loss of their positions as Americans seek other options that will provide a better education for our children—at a far less cost. 

Copyright ©2011 Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D., All rights reserved 

 

 

 

Obama Administration Attempts to Nationalize K-12 Education, Just As They Did Health Care 

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  January 6, 2011  Texas Insider

Signaling “Don’t Mess with Texas” in the November 2010 Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) Meeting, outgoing member Cynthia Dunbar offered a resolution declaring the U.S. Department of Education an unconstitutional bureaucracy, operating outside the purview of the federal government. 

Tea Party Style: A 2nd American Revolution?   

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes   |  November 5, 2010   Texas Insider

With the midterm general election behind us, it appears that we are indeed engaged in a Second American Revolution….this time at the ballot box. The harsh reality of how far we have strayed from our Judeo-Christian roots and our Constitutional principles finally have sunken in and shaken us to the very core of our souls.  

In recent months many Americans have inwardly, and sometimes in hushed tones to trusted family members and friends, wondered whether we were facing another violent revolution to regain our unalienable rights from an abusive government and elitist demagogues. 

 

Is Islam Indoctrination in American Schools?

And is it funded by taxpayers?  

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes   |  September 1, 2010  Texas Insider

In recent months the American public has been made increasingly aware of a secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals that operates dozens of charter schools on U.S. soil. These schools are linked to an extreme Islamist, Fethullah Gülen, who was charged with trying to create an Islamic state when he attempted to overthrow his own Turkish government and enforce Sharia Law.  

Is Islam Indoctrination in American Textbooks?

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  August 10, 2010  Texas Insider

The war over social studies textbooks rages on as political and religious groups struggle to control the content for their own advantage.  Attention is turning now to the issue of Islam indoctrination in our textbooks and schools.

A Republic or Democracy? 

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes   |  July 7, 2010   Texas Insider

One of the most hotly debated issues between Liberals and Conservatives is whether our American form of government is a republic or a democracy.  It became a major issue in the war over the new Texas Social Studies Standards. 

Why does this topic elicit such harsh rebuttals from liberals?    

Teachers’ Unions:  Roadblock to Reform

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  February 24, 2010  Texas Insider

The American Citizens Handbook of the National Education Association published in mid-twentieth century reflects a decidedly different NEA from that of today.  The Handbook included selections for children to memorize—Bible verses, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer.  How different is the policy resolution adopted at the 2009 NEA convention -- ‘Freedom of Religion' -- that “...opposes any federal legislation or mandate that would require school districts to schedule a moment of silence.” 

Crisis in American Public Education 

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  | February 19, 2010  Texas Insider                   

American schools are in serious trouble. Liberals, intellectual elitists, and teachers’ unions strongly resist any change from this dinosaur system to a free market driven system. In spite of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent each year on education, our public schools are graduating illiterates.

The Liberal Lie About the War On Poverty  

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  January 29, 2010  Texas Insider

The de-emphasizing of U.S. history in elementary and secondary schools has had appalling results. Unless each generation receives a solid grounding in our founding principles and our Constitutional rights, we cannot, and will not, remain a free nation.

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