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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor August 16, 2017

4/1/2014 1:56:00 PM
Schools' problem lies in poor management


It seems Illinois' school problem is lack of management by our state. Nearly all states do a much better job. In our case of spending money to consider consolidation, there are one or two schools involved, instead of county-wide studies to solve the long-term problem. This is being done after building new schools in old districts, which was getting the cart ahead of the horse. Porterville has a school falling down that wasn't used 10 years. Two new schools in Clark County were torn down or used for homes after the same period of use.

We have too much in the running of the schools. Before, a principal and secretary ran the high schools and they did not have financial woes like today. I don't think anybody works like people in the '40s, but this is ridiculous.

The main concern in facilities as well as schools is pay, retirement, seniority, instead of doing their job. The tail is wagging the dog. Unionized workers are in control instead of businesses, farmers and others who produce taxes with needed production.

Don't ask our schools to do the checking, as they are the problem and can't see beyond their own nose. The ones in power don't have ability to manage or we wouldn't have this problem. Some schools are so small they teach students to be pampered.

We have many good teachers but I haven't seen any culling, and it's unusual for everybody to be successful. I would say that school management should be first to shape up.

Martin Shonk


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