quote:Originally posted by NJRoadie:
If the "poor districts" are getting $8,000 a kid MORE than my district, WHY can't they afford to buy books, attract teachers with higher salaries, fix the schools etc.?
I don't know NJ. I don't know what is going on in your district. But again your district does not represent the norm, and it reads as if you are attempting to make a connection between what is taking place in your district to what is taking place all over the nation, when it is not. Millions of dollars are not being poured into the poorest school districts all over the nation. It is my understanding that most of the money that is given to public schools comes from property taxes. And in the DC-Maryand-Virginia school districts, I see evidence of this. In areas where mainly affluent Whites, Asians, and people from India reside, the schools look like space ships, decked out with latest technology, the most highly-qualifed teachers, and the best-managed staff. Travel to Washington, DC and neighboring counties where poor and middle class Blacks reside, and you will see the schools looking like holy hell: Teachers come and go every two years, schools are understaffed, kids are way out of control (because the school lacks consistency and structure), no one is learning because teachers have to spend 90% of instruction time discplining students, etc., etc. I have worked in these schools, and so I know what is going on. Why do you think the government has created these enticing teacher incentive packages designed to lure qualified teachers to poor school districts? Because no one wants to work in "those type of schools," work with "those type of children," or live among "those type of people."
Finally, why wouldn't administrators and well-connected contractors in predominately White school districts be just as interested in lining their pockets as those in racially-diverse districts? To make such a suggestion would imply that administrators and contractors responsible for White school districts are more morally grounded than those responsible for Black school districts. This may be the case in your district, who knows, but its certainly not the case nationwide, unless you have evidence or can produce a creditable study that proves it so.