Athletics and Schools
The big-government types, with an insatiable appetite for more of the public's money, have cast their greedy eyes on school expenditures on athletics.
I taught middle school for 13 years. It is my position that the people who want to make community schools into centrally controlled education factories do not understand how to relate to adolescent children. Ultimately, they view adolescents as nothing more than complicated machines. Hit the right inputs, and the right outputs mechanically appear. It is a soulless, and loveless, approach to adolescent education.
The study said that spending on sports averaged $190 per pupil. The number was widely panned as too low.
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While many complained that the schools did not report all expenses associated with athletics, I suspect they failed on the OTHER
It also seems that they are counting the entire salary of each coach as an expense of the sports program. This is wrong. They should count only the stipend. My step-brother is a History teacher most of the day, and a great one. His passion was teaching history. While in college, he only got his coaching certificate so as to increase his employment prospects. Since then he has been named AA coach of the year for the state, an All-Star coach another year, and conference coach of the year many times. But at heart, he is still a teacher. A lot of coaches are like that.
Schools should be an extension of the home and the best part of the community in which they serve, not soulless education factories. The greedy educrats need to look elsewhere for more dollars to plunder- like their own salaries.
To put this athletics for children vs. money for educrats thing in perspective, ACT 98 of 05 allotted $107 million to give raises to ADE educrats and add more of them to administer our bloated new program of taking local control from schools. Compare that $107 million with $85 million spent on every public school athletic program in the state last year.