November 21, 2009
An extremely dumb idea courtesy of Gov. Markell
The ever-on-top-of-First State-education-happenings Kilroy gets some scoop on some disturbing news: Governor Markell plans on removing SROs -- School Resource Officers, aka police officers -- from various schools:
Letters from DOE per the request of Governor Jack Markell were sent to district school superintendents informing them, due to budget constraints SROs aka School Resource Officers will be pulled from Delaware high schools and put in patrol positions.
Kilroy doesn't have a direct link to his source (yet), but if this is accurate it is beyond lunacy. We're going to yank the one police officer assigned to various high (and middle) schools -- despite incidents like this? Kilroy commenter Jack is right on target (my emphasis):
I think the State Audit Report said 1 out of every 4 DOE employees salaries exceeded $100,000, when you include employment cost and benefits they cost $140,000. I wonder how many SRO one of these employees would fund?
Posted by Hube at November 21, 2009 11:38 AM
Consolidation of support services for Vocational Schools would save millions.
But instead of reducing overhead, schools SRO are removed. Just another example of overhead having priority over school employees who work with our children every day.
If this is true, what an a$$wipe this Jack a$$ Markel is! Lets have high standards, but the heck with security! Kilroy had it right, get rid of the doe and save millions....I would add, why the heck are we wasting millions more on the rodell foundations vision 2015????!!!! This is complete and utter nonsense! Millions, to rehash the same old stuff with new names?! Here is my suggestion JACK! Tell the vision 2015 people to go find another state to sell their tonics to, use the many of millions of dollars to add resource officers in every high school and every middle school, and then unshackle the idiotic quotas that all administrators are afraid of and make a mandate to all superintendents, 'get rid of any riff raff trouble makers now, without any concern for race quotas, and send them to alternative schools!!!!! You can use the money to fund those by getting rid of said idiotic vision program!!!!!
Here's another colossal waste of time courtesy of DOE: DPAS II!!!
Wayne Smith had it right over a decade ago when he wanted to slash DOE a mere 25%. It should be more like 50%, and even that may be too little.
It's much easier to cut cops, firefighters, teachers, etc, than to cut bureaucracy. After all, the people who do the cutting are far from the trenches, and are in fact the bureaucracy.
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