the Woodstock Academy aka the town stands now to benefit greatly from 3.9 million in federal funding with 630 g. of that in free grant money if they play all the cards right. how do you feel about this? should the academy pass on this cheap and free money because the school should really pull itself up by its bootstraps a la horatio alger in order to install a much needed sewer line and erect a much desired football stadium. shouldn’t the school just refuse the federal money and go without until they can afford these improvements ON THEIR OWN. we don’t need any hand outs in woodstock do we? we’re NOT like hartford at all. we MERIT all the cheap and free money we can get, don’t we? Afterall, we know how to spend stimulus money wisely here.
I believe that spending money on school systems like Woodstock’s is a good investment. The students at WPS/WA generally succeed and become self-sufficient tax-paying members of society. Unlike the Hartford Public Schools. In fact, the Hartford Public High School, which takes the lion’s share of education funding, is a lousy investment. Last I looked, taxpayers were spending $16,000 per pupil in the Hartford Public High School with a 34% drop out rate and a 25% retention rate. The average SAT scores were Math 382, Reading 380, Writing 384. Only 10.9% met the standard for physical education. Less than 20% hold jobs. Oh, and the teachers call in sick an avg. of 8.9 days a school year (half year–that would be like me calling in sick 17 days a year). Multiply this by every large city in the country and the waste this incurs is mind boggling. But this is old news.
Of course, liberals and their crony special interest groups don’t see it like this-and anyone who challenges these atrocities is name called, or labeled either racist or anti-education. The obvious idiocy of these inane tactics is why liberals cannot be taken seriously.