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Poll: What Should School Districts Do To Avoid Raising Taxes?

Some say tax increases are inevitable; others say schools need to live within their means and make cuts accordingly.

Because many school districts throughout western Pennsylvania raised property taxes this spring to balance their budgets, the public spotlight on them is burning brightly.

What is the answer to balancing a school district's budget as costs rise?

As students prepare to go back to school within the next few weeks, Patch is asking what you think school districts should do.

Budget deliberations are an annual affair. When spring rolls around in 2013, many of the same questions and issues will remain.

What do you think should be done? How do you think cuts will affect the coming school year?

Please tell us your thoughts by posting in the comments. This poll will be cross published on all Patch sites across western Pennsylvania. If you are referring to a specific school district, please let us know which one.

Outraged Citizen August 14, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@Jacob – My point is that teachers are going to have good and bad students. I suspect the ratio is based in good part on the school districts demographics. That said; it’s not unreasonable to hold teachers accountable and demand excellence. Evaluating student performance is a perfectly good metric to use to determine performance. That doesn’t mean it’s the only metric, but it should be in the mix.
Parent of 2012 Grad August 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Nearly all students who take AP Calc BC at PR also score 4 or 5 on AP Exams too, Voice of Reason. What a great way for these students to begin college. As an aside, Outraged, I would be willing to compensate this Calc a lot more!! From first hand experience, she duly deserved Pennsylvania 2010 Teacher of the Year. What an exceptional role model for these students, with a bar-none work ethic. There was no time limit if you needed assistance. Voice of Reason, quick question: Are students reimbursed 100% for AP classes/exams? Do they need to attain a certain score? Just curious. Thanks for the additional enlightenment. QV sounds like it is deserving of its reputation and a fine institution.
tired of nonsense August 14, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Blah blah
Chris Township September 24, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I don't have many ideas, but one would be to at least hire teachers that don't put movies or T.V. shows on in class so we can at least get our moneys worth. I wouldn't normally condone posting to Facebook while in class, but considering my child just posted "How the heck is watching South Park educational?" says that she is probably learning more from Facebook than watching South Park in class. Last year one teacher routinely showed the series Gilmore Girls in class, as well as movies. My child is a senior. I don't think Seneca Valley has quite the good teachers people think they do. Lazy, if you ask me.
Bob Howard September 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You are making a great case for school choice. As it now stands the district will rally around the organization and explain that you don't understand. But if you had the choice of taking your money and child elsewhere (like customers do) you can bet they would be all over themselves to address your concern. School choice is the only and obvious answer but you can't have it because the unions are in control of the PA General Assembly.

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