Jefferson City Public Schools cuts back on facilitators

From the “you’ve got to be kidding me category” comes a pair of stories from the August 19, 2008 Jefferson City, Missouri News Tribune.

$300,000 over budget as work continues on the High School Football Stadium the price tag climbs past $5 million.

Public schools cut back on facilitators; special needs students see 7 of 105 aides shifted to part time in an effort to save $200,000 a year.

OK. I know you’re all thinking it, so someone might as well say it.  Where have our priorities gone?  I realize the Football Foundation picked up the majority of the tab related to the new stadium, but if the school is struggling to the point of laying off facilitators that assist with special needs children in order to save $200,000.  Couldn’t the Football Foundation find it within their deep pockets to help educated our kids?

Something tells me there’s one of those youth sports life lesson stories here, and it ain’t a good one.

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