I’m sorry, but I just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for the Cobb School Board. It’s becoming obvious they don’t know how to manage money.
They complain about not having enough yet they’re getting ready to spend $1 million they don’t have to create a teacher evaluation system when they could be cleaning mildew out of the elementary schools so the students have a healthy environment to learn in.
It’s obvious they can’t afford this. So why are they doing it? The answer is quite simple. They’re going to get a bunch of influential people to figure out a way to take the money from the taxpayer.
We’ve now got 16 of the most prestigious citizens of Cobb saying the school board needs money. Well that much is obvious, but where is it going to come from? Taxes, plain and simple. These people, who have dubbed themselves the Save Our Schools Advisory Council, say supporting the school system through property taxes alone isn’t enough, so the state should hike sales taxes and add the extra money to property taxes to ensure the school board gets adequate funding. So in other words we need to raise taxes because throwing money at a problem and hoping it goes away is always the best solution.
If I didn’t know any better I’d swear these people all worked for the Obama administration.
Do you really think raising taxes is going to help? It’s just going to make it harder for some people to buy groceries when they’re not making as much money.
Some families, like mine, shouldn’t have to worry about the county schools anyway because they don’t have children attending them. Why should a family have to pay for the schools when they don’t have kids in them? I spent the last seven years of my educational career in private schools and if I hadn’t I would’ve gone to Marietta schools. Despite this my parents still had to pay the property tax. Obviously there’s never been a justifiable reason for that. Who wants to pay for something they’re not using?
Yes the school board is lacking money, but raising taxes and spending what little they have is only causing more problems. They need to be more frugal. Instead of reconstructing elementary schools they need clean the ones that exist. And while basing a teacher’s evaluation on the quality of work by students makes sense they don’t need that sophisticated a program to do it. They also need to prioritize better and figure out which problems are more severe and fix them first. That’s how they’re going to solve their money problems.