Should States Be Cutting Teachers to Save Money?
Filed under: In The News
In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg recently said that nearly 5,000 teachers could be laid off. We've been hearing a lot about teacher seniority, bloated union benefits and so on.
I was talking to a taxi driver about this topic yesterday (seriously) and he pointed out that in the past couple of years, Bloomberg has spent a lot of money creating bike lanes, making, in his words, the roads smaller, despite the fact that there are more cars.
This got me thinking: Might there not be other areas to cut before cutting teachers? This isn't only happening in New York City, of course -- it's a national issue. I don't pretend to understand the complexities of government budgets, but I do know that fewer teachers is unlikely to mean a better educational experience for children.
What do you think? Should states be cutting teachers to save money? Or should they look elsewhere to find that much-needed cash?
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