|I don't want to shock any children in the audience with talk about going back to school, but chances are you parents have already received the list of stuff you are supposed to buy and send to school with your children when they return. Are you okay with the list? Some Florida parents are not. They think they are being asked to buy supplies, not for their children, but for the school.
Here are some of the items on the list: Ziploc bags, Clorox wipes, paper towels and paper napkins, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizers, Plug-In refills, toilet paper and Band-Aids.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Ah-hah! The teachers are trying to con the parents into buying supplies for the school so the school has more money to spend on teacher salaries." Well you would be...oh wait, you would be right.
A Florida TV station interviewed the chief financial officer for Orange County Schools, Henry Boekhoff. Boekhoff said he had no idea teachers were asking parents for anything other than basic school supplies. He said when principals present their budget requests, the focus is on teacher salaries and money for more staff, and that 85 percent of the estimated operating budget for the upcoming school year will go to salaries and benefits.
With 85% going to salaries and benefits, that doesn't leave a lot of money for utilities, textbooks and other supplies. Instead of holding the line on personnel, salaries and benefits, the principals and teachers are asking the parents to buy supplies – not supplies for their children, but supplies for the whole school.
It's no skin off my backside. I don't have children in school. But it does call into question the educrats' dedication to a "free public education." When it comes to a choice between the educrats accepting slightly lower salaries or charging parents for school operating expenses, the teachers are taking door #1. It's also just one more way that schools are hiding the true cost of public education.