Friday, October 5, 2012

Oakland schools to get suspension monitor

You have got to be kidding me.

The agreement with the U.S. Department of Education shuts down the investigation, but it now means that at least until 2017 federal officials will be keeping tabs on 38 Oakland schools as they work to reduce the disproportionate suspension of minority students, especially African American boys.

Almost 20 percent of the district's African American males were suspended at least once last year, six times the rate of white boys.

In middle school, 1 out of every 3 black boys was suspended at least once.
That's 53 bureaucrats per school!!  You will never be able to convince me that you need that many.  Maybe one per school.  Give me a break!

Let's.  Do. The. Math.

Let's say each official makes about $50k.  Throw in benefits that will cost the tax pater $75k per year. They are going to do this for 5 years.

The cost to you and me?

Over three quarters of a billion dollars.

OK.  Maybe the have to "gear up" to 2017 people.  Let's just take half that amount. You're still looking at almost $380,000,000!

I refuse to believe that this is really what it takes to monitor the schools.

You should be upset.

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