“Kids aren’t getting what they need, taxpayers aren’t getting what they’re paying for, and these kids aren’t prepared for the workplace and they’re not prepared for college, and they’ve got to do one of two when they graduate,” Holly added.
And, she and Chmura noted, the amount of money many districts are spending on retiree health-care benefits is another issue that needs to be addressed.
In some cases, Holly said, taxpayers are paying for district employees to have better health-care plans than the taxpayers can afford for themselves.
“Not only is it unfair, it’s unsustainable,” she said.
Still, Holly continued, many people simply aren’t aware of factors like how students are faring on state tests and how money is being spent within school districts.
“I think if people become invested in their school, I think that’s part of turning these schools around,” she said.
“I think education is a big part of it, but I also think the community plays a big role in turning these schools around, and we need to get the community involvement.”
And, she added, “the schools have to open their doors as well.”
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