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Old 03-12-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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Could someone please explain something to me?

Mecklenburg county has a tremendous amount of homeschoolers as well as private schools. All of these people pay taxes, in which part goes to the school system. So why is it that CMS continues to have a shortage of funds, even though a tremendous amount of students do not go to CMS?

Can you imagine if all the homeschoolers and private schoolers actually went to public schools? There would be NO room!

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Old 03-12-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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If all homeschoolers and private school kids had the go to public schools, taxes would obviously have to go up and more schools would be built. Since everyone hates taxes, they tend be at the level where the govt, schools, etc can do their job just barely.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Also, some of the budget comes from the state - but since tax revenue is down the last few years due to the economy, they are in trouble. Last year, the cuts would have been worse were it not for some stimulus money. This year will be worse
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Could someone please explain something to me?

Mecklenburg county has a tremendous amount of homeschoolers as well as private schools. All of these people pay taxes, in which part goes to the school system. So why is it that CMS continues to have a shortage of funds, even though a tremendous amount of students do not go to CMS?

Can you imagine if all the homeschoolers and private schoolers actually went to public schools? There would be NO room!
How is this any different from any other school system? And think of all of the people who pay taxes that go toward the school system who don't have children at all.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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Mecklenburg County is known for its wasteful spending - especially in regards to school spending. We have a county manager that hires from his family, friends and his church and he is not held accountable by the taxpayers (or the county commissioners). The truth is there is more than enough money for the schools to operate successfully but due to the wasteful spending and lack of accountability money will be tight next year. You have to remember - they love to say 'schools will suffer' because that gets the most rise out of the public!!!!
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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Mecklenburg County is known for its wasteful spending - especially in regards to school spending. We have a county manager that hires from his family, friends and his church and he is not held accountable by the taxpayers (or the county commissioners). The truth is there is more than enough money for the schools to operate successfully but due to the wasteful spending and lack of accountability money will be tight next year. You have to remember - they love to say 'schools will suffer' because that gets the most rise out of the public!!!!

This is so true! We have lived in many different states, and large cities. We have never come across a school system in such disarray....financially!!
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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The financial problems are relatively new and CMS is not alone. Systems across the state and country are having similar problems.
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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The financial problems are relatively new and CMS is not alone. Systems across the state and country are having similar problems.
I agree. It is on the news almost everyday about school districts across the country and how they are going to deal with the situation they are facing.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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It bothered me to hear this morning that CMS is considering closing some of the schools in the district, wouldn't mention which ones, laying off teachers and overcrowding already overcrowded schools. Many school districts are tight on funds (Fort Mill is one) and have announced dropping some extracurricular offerings (drama, some sports, etc.) but have not announced total school closures! This is one of the reasons we decided not to be in CMS...it is too big to get parents' voices heard and ideas just get stuck in the level of bureaucracy borne of something too big to manage, but obvsiously not too big to fail!
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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It bothered me to hear this morning that CMS is considering closing some of the schools in the district, wouldn't mention which ones, laying off teachers and overcrowding already overcrowded schools. Many school districts are tight on funds (Fort Mill is one) and have announced dropping some extracurricular offerings (drama, some sports, etc.) but have not announced total school closures! This is one of the reasons we decided not to be in CMS...it is too big to get parents' voices heard and ideas just get stuck in the level of bureaucracy borne of something too big to manage, but obvsiously not too big to fail!
I though that closing schools was not going to happen. I looked for the update in the newspaper and all I saw was this
Education - CharlotteObserver.com
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