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Saturday, April 17, 2010

What's on your mind? Build a community conversation

What's on your mind? Specifically, what's on your mind about issues and events in the Lorain County area?
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Grammy said...

I is very disheartening to read about the cuts at Lorain City Schools again. Yes, I realize the cuts are necessary in order to live within their means, but once again it appears top light. The Chronicle stated part of the reason for the increase in projected numbers is the expiration of some grants. Here's the deal with those grants: when you accept them it is with the understanding that this is "seed" money to get the program up and running. It is expected that districts will work that money into their budgets by the end of the grant period and continue the program. Lorain as well as most other districts, applies for and gets grants, institutes the rerquired programs, gets them up and running and then drops them like a hot potato when the funding expires. (I've seen this happen time after time!) The students are left with a program change again (averages out to about every 2 years) and therefor a new approach to education coming at them again. No wonder they are confused as to how they are supposed to approach education. Our educators evidently don't have a clue when they just accept funding without any long term commitment involved. How sad!

A second savings would be if the administrators that get the annuity (it is actually the equivalent of their portion of their retirement contribution) would give it back, cancel it, not accept it anymore. That would at least make them appear to be just like the other employees who don't have that hidden little annuity to look forward to when they retire. They already make a higher salary to base their retirement on, why do they need that "extra" at the expense of the students???

April 18, 2010 at 2:47 AM 
Anonymous Grammy said...

Today when I opened my internet browser, I was greeted with a story from my home town, Lorain, Ohio. It seems that the story about the saw blade has made it's way to Yahoo/ATT news flashes. How amazing! Does that put us on the list like Cleveland and the Mayor setting his head on fire as well as the river burning????????????

April 21, 2010 at 11:15 PM 

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