Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kudo to the New Governor of NY

Andrew Cuomo has it right.  

NY, like many other jurisdictions in the nation, is facing a budget shortfall.  The Governor of NY has taken a bold step, and called on school districts to look inward before calling for bailouts from the states and the feds.  
Here is a piece of the news coverage from the NYTimes:

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that school districts had enough means to withstand the decline in state financing, and pointedly suggested that they look at whether they are spending too much on their own bureaucracy.
More than 40 percent of New York State’s superintendents earn at least $200,000 each year in salary and benefits, Mr. Cuomo said.
“I understand that they sometimes have to manage budgets, and sometimes the budgets are difficult,” he said. “But why they get paid more than the governor of the state I really don’t understand.”
. . . 
“We have $500,000 school superintendents,” he told reporters after his appearance in Purchase. “We can’t pay those kinds of salaries.”

Leave it to a[nother] kid from Queens to cut right to the heart of the issue.

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