Save teachers & trim the fat from our expenditures
June 11, 2009 | 08:33 PM
Considering that approx 65% of our schools` students fail to meet national average is shocking. Pulling teachers unforgivable. Cut the exorbitant salaries & benefits at the top & save millions. If those top
employees must have superior skills to gain & execute such positions, certainly they must be able to budget & manage their earnings with less money. Cut their salaries & shame on them if they disagree.
tax payer & charlotte native
May 11, 2009 | 05:26 PM
Just found this. Is it the 7:30 to 1:45 hours that get them down or the 9 months out of the year. Not bad pay for a part time gig
More top end cuts
February 28, 2009 | 05:05 PM
Admin. including Gorman need to be reduced in #'s & salary!! They aren't part of the solution for pitiful CMS. They scored a D in Parent Friendly. They seem to function only to make students' lives tougher while disrespecting parents.
February 27, 2009 | 04:30 PM
The ONLY positive influence Gorman's cuts may have is to eliminate 29 of the wretched Assistant Principals plaguing the system. In my family's experience, these bozos range from merely ignorant & self important, to racist, misogynistic, tantrum pitching wannabe tyrants. They will not be missed.
February 18, 2009 | 08:11 AM
The people who approve the lending and collecting of public funds are the ones the public reelects. I discovered 30 years ago in public funding it is always a shell game so I never vote for an incumbent which reduces the favors owed to large contributors.
Cut Ed Center Salaries
February 16, 2009 | 11:25 PM
Before Gorman takes a dime from the classrooms, he needs to start cutting administrative salaries, starting with his own. There's no reason - none - for a superintendent to be making $300,000 a year, not in the current job market where supply outweighs demand. While he's at it, Gorman could eliminate all these area supers and the regional offices. It's wasted money that has zero to do with educating kids.
Just buy more fiddles
February 11, 2009 | 10:11 PM
Concede it was a mistake to spend $19M for the uptown park parcel? From somebody who is, even now, aggressively lobbying for $25M more to turn Grady Cole into the uptown UNCC Bowl? Not likely.
The real shame - as you rightly pointed out when the board's Democrat majority + Ramirez voted to buy the park site - is that the $19M could have been used to build a new school. They went for the glitzy entertainment center instead of the new roof - and now the roof is crumbling on our heads. Wonderful.
February 11, 2009 | 04:20 PM
Great work, Pellin. Too bad the Observer has not noticed the significance of the story. Perhaps you could help them with a follow up that quantifies the debt-service cost impact of losing the AAA rating over, say, the next ten years. And what contraction in capital spending would be required to fight our way back to the AAA rating given the added cost?
After all, by my tally, staff already omitted approximately $1 billion of widely anticipated capital spending (particularly for CMS and Parks) in the seven-your projection by which they claimed we could comply with the new, liberalized debt guidelines. How much more deeply would they have to cut?
Maybe an intrepid reporter could ask Jennifer, Parks and even Harry if they made a mistake leading the Board to hike the Couty's credit card limit rather than set forth measures to begin containing debt. For that matter, I wonder if Jennifer would concede that it was a mistake to spend $19 million for the extra uptown park parcel in November.
A thought from a Yankee.
February 11, 2009 | 12:32 AM
I see that as usual you folks in North Carolina are complaining about the salaries of everyone in the profession. It would shock you all to learn that in New York State, health insurance for the teacher and their family has little or no premium paid by the teacher in every district statewide - yet in NC, a teacher has to get tenure to have district paid health benefits for themselves? Ridiculous. Moreover, New York teachers are paid far better than NC teachers. My point? How the F your state can hang onto any new teachers when you are paying them under $40,000 to start is a miracle and don't you think it isn't!
NC toilet Education
February 08, 2009 | 05:31 AM
The NC public education system will never get out of the toilet until State and County government gets out of the classrooms. It's not that the parents, teachers and students don't want to learn, it's the State and County government that won't allow parents to run a school district within their Counties that has caused this toilet education system in NC.
GRIM FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN
February 06, 2009 | 11:25 AM
How can the Rhinotimes and other community businesses and agencies get behind parents to encourage them to use their voices to stop all of this madness! Parents have got to speak up and take our children's future seriously! Please help us parents get our voices heard!
Stimulost Mecklenburg Style
February 05, 2009 | 10:31 PM
This 2009 Federal stimulus bill has a lot of similarities to our failed Mecklenburg County tax and spend budget. Just like Mecklenburg County, It's loaded with pork that takes money away from the tax payer and gives it to the non-tax payer. If this passes the Senate, I can see it now. The tax payers in America will leave this Country and go to another country where they won't have to support their free-loading neighbors anymore.
February 05, 2009 | 09:34 AM
Parks Helms is gone, but unfortunately his debt lives on. It's gonna take us a long time to dig out of the hole Helms and his protege Jennifer Roberts got us in.
taxed to death
For the kids? Not
February 03, 2009 | 09:32 AM
I read that Gorman also said he was planning to cut bonuses this year for his senior staff - how nice, and convenient, after he got a huge one last year, along with another big raise, and the school board gave themselves raises too. Gauvreau at least has the integrity to walk the talk and refused it.
Committees - the incubator of inaction
December 18, 2008 | 09:17 AM
TEN THOUSAND felonies are not prosecuted due to an underfunded DA, yet our elected officials, elected by constituents who believe that they will govern with wisdom, send the issue back to committee for more study. Do we really need to look for more lint in our political navels here? Give the money to the DA, then hold him accountable. TEN THOUSAND felonies. How hard is this really?
Harold Cogdell's Reasoning
December 17, 2008 | 05:59 PM
Saying we need to do nothing until they come up with a way to fix the whole problem is the same ruse they use on immigration. Liberals say they want "comprehensive immigration reform," then fight tooth and nail against "non-comprehensive" efforts like 287g that actually work. It's as if Cogdell is saying that unless we can find a solution for the whole problem, we shouldn't do anything. In my view something is always better than nothing -- why not give the money to the D.A.'s office and then see what needs to be done from there instead of sitting on our hands waiting for a perfect solution that will never come.
Raging Charlotte Conservative
City tug-a-wars for spending
December 17, 2008 | 10:04 AM
American cities today are unfortunately caught-up in a tug-a-war for spending on their citizens divided interests everywhere. One side wants progress and the other wants hand-outs for the 3rd world community. During McCrory's past 14 years in office he managed to promote great progress with at best half of the city's resorces. The other half went to you know where.
Hopefully, the next administration will see this and choose progress for the future, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
December 16, 2008 | 09:27 PM
This is what happens when you pander to the 3rd world community. What ever happened to the days where you either perform academically or leave? Obviously that is not a priority at CMS. If it was, those criminals would of been gone a long time ago.
Not surprising to me
December 16, 2008 | 05:03 PM
The rolls just gets fatter and fatter over at petergorman.com, sorry I mean CMS. Its like a corporation over there instead of a fiscally responsible school system that is working with tax payer dollars to educate our children. I would love to know what their expense accounts look like and what kind of trips and conferences they are taking off of our tax payer dollars. Since old Pete has been in office, people have the ability to "create administrative positions" for their relatives and friends. I don't see anything about teacher salary increases, just more administrative nonsense with six figure salaries being attached to bogus, unnecessary positions. Sounds like corporate America to me except its tax payers dollars that they are spending. Yet, they seem to have no one to answer to - to justify any of this wild spending! I should say no one is policing them. The school board is a joke. Gorman seems to be able to do whatever he wants to do. I wonder when the honeymoon will be over. Guess we have to wait for a scandal for that to happen, huh!
December 16, 2008 | 04:45 PM
Thats what happens when you recruit for a superintendent like you are looking for a CEO of a corporation. You get "corporate politics" in a state entity. This is disgraceful. Now I know what these parents means when they say how bad the school system is becoming!
Tired of Getting Ripped Off in NC
December 16, 2008 | 04:34 PM
It just gets uglier and uglier, its time to move! It cost too much to live in this State, time to scout out new territory. The corruption just seems to be at a all-time high!
Corruption Day and Night
December 16, 2008 | 04:27 PM
This city is becoming just as corrupt as NYC and Chicago. There is no resolution to this madness. Then they want to try and bleed yet more money out of the taxpayers by trying to pass a mileage usage tax! It's time to MOVE!
Don't forget the County Commission
December 15, 2008 | 12:05 AM
I find the previous comments on McCrory puzzling in that while he may have supported many projects, the County Commission under Democratic control has done more than their share of digging into our pockets for frivilous projects as well.
Here is a quote from Parks Helms, the biggest tax and spend politician this side of the Catawba: "I'm sorry we don't have AAA baseball in uptown. I hope that we ultimately will and had it not been for the Jerry Reese lawsuits I think that we would be further along. I still think that it will come to pass. … This has really been one of the most frustrating initiatives that I have ever had to deal with". This statement was made to the Disturber during one of his exit interviews.
Pat McCrory never got less than 56% of the vote in any of his elections and the other times received between 57% and 70% so the majority of citizens in Charlotte have approved of his service.
Get ready because if Anthony Foxx is elected as our next Mayor, you won't be paying for arenas or light rail, you'll be paying for every give-away program under the sun...Parks Helms and Jennifer Roberts Part Two.
Pat McCrory's legacy
December 13, 2008 | 06:19 AM
I find it ironic that Pat McCrory had a beef to grind over the years with Raleigh taking all the State's money to enrich themselves while leaving Charlotte to rot and die. Isn't this also what happened in Charlotte during the past 14 years when uptown was built at the expense of it's annexed neighbors?
Mini-McCrory For Mayor?
December 12, 2008 | 02:26 AM
John Lassiter is a nice enough guy, but cut from the same uptown booster cloth as McCrory. The last thing Charlotte needs is a Mini-McCrory for mayor who will be more than willing to keep reaching deeper into our pockets to pay for special interest agendas.
Here we go again!
December 11, 2008 | 07:57 PM
What is wrong with Charlotte? We can't catch the criminals here; when we do we let them just walk away.. as in escape! Or the biggie, we catch them, hold them in jail, then have to release them because there isn't anyway to get them to court because we don't have enough resources.. ADA's,PD"S etc.. So sure put up some steel columms. Sheexh!
What a bunch of garbage
December 11, 2008 | 07:52 PM
You have got to be kidding me - another way to rob hard or hardly working people of their little or no money! I suppose we will have to pay tax on the air we breath, or how about a tax on the number of times we go to the grocery store. Let's see.. i got it.. let's tax everyone on the number of bags of trash they throw away every week. At least that'll create a few jobs.. you know.. someone has to count all the bags and write down the number! Looks like it is high time I look into how fast I can move out of this corrupt state!
hard working stiff!
December 11, 2008 | 11:47 AM
Here's a good idea. How about taxing the beautiful roads surrounding the Raleigh area and then use the proceeds to fix our neglected roads in Meckleburg and Iredell counties.
There's no Football in L.A.
December 08, 2008 | 04:29 PM
There is no Pro Football team in L.A. They play out in Oakland. I see that you are well reseached on this topic.