- Painful lessons
Sam Hoyt is right. [And at right.] Teachers need to be part of the solution to the state's budget problem, not merely a part of it.
The Buffalo Democrat and two downstate Assembly colleagues [one and two] have written a letter to the head of New York State United Teachers to ask the union to agree to a statewide freeze in teachers' pay, saving more than $1 billion and, thus, helping to prevent what could be massive teacher layoffs. The teachers unions regularly pitch themselves as friends of education and of students; this is a chance to emphasize it.
Of course, there's nothing new under the sun:
- The Star-Ledger: Freeze N.J. teacher pay: Jobs they save may be their own
- The San Jose Mercury News: As public education goes, so goes California
- The Mobile Press-Register: Baldwin County voters step up for their schools
- The Muskegon Chronicle: Don't touch school funding
- The Rochester [Minn.] Post-Bulletin: Schools might be forced to create online academies
Meanwhile, back at The News
- Debates are needed
The phrase “change is difficult” is grossly understated when it comes to the emotions running through many Erie County villages these days. Residents are struggling with dissolution resolutions triggered by concern over duplicative services and too many levels of government.
At the end of the day, these debates are where they need to be — at the town and village level, where such hard decisions must be made. These choices cannot be imposed. They must be accepted, by a majority of those most affected.
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-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
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