Thursday, June 21, 2012

Let's Close All the Schools

Seriously, why not just eliminate mandatory public education altogether?:
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- "We're looking at a complete overhaul of our district," said Kingston Schools Superintendent Paul Padalino.

Padalino delivered the news at a school board meeting Wednesday evening. He said the district's floundering finances leaves him no choice but to propose closing three elementary schools. Sophie Finn, Anna Devine, and Zena by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

It's a move, along with shifting fifth graders into middle schools, that Padalino said will save the district $25 million over five years.

"We can keep our school buildings open, but if the fiscal realities come to fruition, we won't have any teachers to put in those buildings. We really need to look at doing things differently," said Padalino.
After all, an informed public is a huge inconvenience for elected elites, what with all the questions about how they're spending our money and stupid stuff like that.

UPDATE: And this is OUR 100th post.


  1. Congratulations Count Ulster! Looking forward to #1,000...

  2. 100 posts already... Congrats! Keep up the good work!

  3. Congratulations! You definitely started to change the political discourse in Ulster County. Keep on going!

  4. I guess you would rather we keep them all open while enrollment has dropped 20% in under ten years? That makes real sense. Why not raise our school taxes every year and open more schools? At the rate the school enrollment is dropping, and projected to continue to drop, we will get to the point where each class can have their own school. It is about time that someone came in here and started cutting and closing. He has my full support.

    1. I have a better idea. Let's slash our military budget by 50 percent and return that money to the states. We could keep schools open, and reduce class sizes.

  5. I think we should follow, New Orleans with the charter schools. Much less to operate and if you are not happy with your childs education or progress, you are free to change schools at any time. No school district restriction either. It forces teachers to do a good job in order to keep students in their school and therefore keep their job.