Today, SF superintendent Pam Homan is scheduled to meet with Governor Dennis Daugaard to discuss the proposed 10% cut to state general funding of schools. This week, Homan called the budget proposal “half-assed”. Just wondering what would happen if that word showed up on the robust vocabulary lists of elementary students.
I wonder if Governor Daugaard will ask Superintendent Homan what it is like to make twice as much money as he does (according to the RC Journal, Homan’s salary this year will be $181,000) or about the 10% salary increase for administrators in Sioux Falls school district and how that helps each child in the classroom.
I also wonder if Governor Daugaard will test Superintendent Homan’s math skills by asking her to answer the question — how do you reduce spending and balance a budget when nearly 50% is not to be touched?
Or how about this social studies question, if our children’s future is at stake if we cut education spending by 10% — how much more is it at risk if we deplete all our state’s reserves and just cut funds from taking care of people (35% of budget) or keeping people safe (10% of budget) or from running the state (5% of budget) where there have been no raises for two years and legislators who haven’t had a raise in 10 years actually took a pay cut.
Oh to be a fly……