Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 21, 2013

School board should be doing better job with less money

The Allegany County Teachers Association (ACTA) board of directors recently submitted a letter to the editor asking the Allegany County commissioners to fully fund the Board of Education’s budget request for the upcoming fiscal year (“Commissioners should fund school board request,” April 29 Times-News).

ACTA went on to ask the public to encourage the commissioners to recognize the responsibility they have to fund our schools at a level that allows the system to keep its head above water. I, for one, see this as a political maneuver by ACTA to coerce our current commissioners into “seeing it their way” or they will encourage the public to vote against them.

I have a suggestion for the teachers association; in your next letter try this approach, “We would like the county commissioners to give us what we are requesting because our county’s public schools are number one in the state academically. All of our graduating seniors are proficient in reading and math and 80 percent of our students, who take the SAT, score above the national average.”

Now if you will give us these kinds of facts, I am sure the public will support your effort.

So, I say to the teachers association, before you go condemning our commissioners, who by the way inherited a mess from the state of Maryland, let’s ask the school board to do a better job at their end.

Is it too much to ask the school board to simply do a better job with less? Everyone else has managed to do so during the past three years.

To the citizens of Allegany County, I suggest we start asking the school board to show us some basic numbers on how we are doing.  How many kids at each grade level are proficient in reading and math? If we don’t have 80 percent of each class proficient in reading and math, we are not doing well. I, for one, want to know.

 Mike Wade

Frostburg

 

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