Teachers in cash-strapped Brooklyn Center school district use direct withdrawal to fund activities account

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Faced with budget deficits, Brooklyn Center teachers tap into their own paychecks to help pay for classroom supplies and field trips. They’ve created a nonprofit.

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oldmotorheadMay. 15, 13 8:47 AM

It's great what the staff is doing, but isn't about time to merge with a larger district like Robbinsdale, Osseo or Anoka-Henn?

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ajnaguyMay. 19, 13 7:52 PM

The main problem, folks, is that most of that money the legislature appropriated just isn't going to get to the classrooms. We've got battalions of folks, from the state on down, who are paid to coordinate, measure, and administer things. There's a corps dedicated to analyzing data, and to interpreting that data, and to "mentor" and/or "rate" those of us who have the mental acuity, ability to relate to kids, and just plain stones to actually stay in this profession on the front lines. Did I mention the abuse from know-nothings, judges from afar, politicos of every stripe, and our own administration? I absolutely feel for these teachers, because we're all putting in our (much more than) two cents, as well as our yearly pound of flesh. Now let the uninformed responses begin - shall I suggest the first one? How about something along the lines of, "Your (make SURE you spell it that way) overpaid, only work nine months, etc."

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