Something has been puzzling me this week. Members of the Board of Supervisors have repeatedly berated the School Board and Superintendent for proposing to cut personnel, and for spending money on classroom technology. Please note that there's no new classroom technology in this year's budget, there wasn't any in last year's budget. Yes, I'm talking about whiteboards.
I chafe a little when I hear the criticism of technology in the classroom. (Okay, more than a little). But I'm not going to debate whiteboards today. As I said, they aren't in the budget, though some Supervisors are still using them as justification to cut the budget.
So with that in mind, consider the first vote last week that the Supervisors used to cut into the money that the state sent to Loudoun to be spent on education. It was a vote to cut $5.5 Million dollars specifically to pressure the School Board to eliminate the 1% cost of living increase for all LCPS employees. It was a unanimous vote.
I'm sorry, what was that you were saying about how important the teachers are?
Supervisors Vote Against Raises for School Employees (Loudoun Times Mirror)
Supervisors Cut Money Earmarked for Teacher Raises (Loudoun Independent)
Loudoun Next to Last in Teacher Salaries (Our Loudoun Schools)