Check out this article, then decide if PE should be cut. PE is necessary, if not, how many kids would then turn into obese diabetics for medicare to take care of? We need to start with payroll, we need to run schools like a business; cut the fat, have the unions pay their fare share of healthcare costs, invest in their own 401ks (not have the taxpayers fund it), etc. This is a structural problem that is NOT going away anytime soon. The school board is a bunch of talking heads, the superintendent is a worthless use of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Administrative costs are out of control. The PPS executives aren't willing to cut their pay, the teachers (understandably) don't want to cut their pay as they're already overworked and overextended. The PPS system has to pay custodians they erroneously fired. Buildings are extremely inefficient (energy-wise). The PPS can't even co-ordinate a dumpster to be delivered to local schools where clean-up projects are done by community members (Portsmouth).
As a victim of Prop 13 in California in the 70s, we learned to live with the reality back then. The luxury bus service went away, parents chipped in to fund the local schools, etc. I turned out fine, although I admit I grew up in an over privileged community. What about bussing? How much does that cost? I see the bus come by my house every day in the Overlook neighborhood and Beech is just a short hop, skip & a jump away. Most people walk their kids to school, what's with the bus?
How about charging for bus service. Kids are fat, they need the PE. Just go to the suburbs and look at the people out there that drive everywhere. They're terribly out of shape. Keep PE, change the cafeteria menus, and hold the parents accountable for keeping their kids active.
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