Time to feel good about yourself.

You want to feel good about yourself?  Take a little pleasure in knowing that you are smarter than Mark Zuckerberg.  Yeah, he may know more about computers and the internet than you, but I promise you, that's it.  You are smarter than him in every other way.  You would have known that giving the Newark, New Jersey public school system $100 million would be just like throwing it down a rat hole, but it gets even better.

You are also smarter than these idiots.  Click on the link, and listen to the video, as they they attempt to explain what happened to the money, and why it didn't do a damned bit of good. They totally miss on explaining what happened to the money.  

For you liberals out there, here's what happened to a good part of the money.  Remember, Zuckerberg gave them that money four years ago, so you can multiply the figure in this headline by at least three.  That's half of the $100 million, right there.  Now that you know that, you can easily imagine where the rest of it went.  That money had about as much chance of getting to the students as the Chicago Cubs have getting to the World Series.
source: EAG News

Absent teacher rules cost Newark schools $16.2 million in 2013-14

NEWARK, N.J. – It’s hardly a secret that the Newark, Jersey school district is a financial disaster.

In 2013 it had a budget deficit of $57 million, according to media reports. A year later the shortfall wasn’t quite so large, but was still a staggering $42 million.
The district has incurred a lot of negative publicity for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on travel agencies, catering services, restaurants and various forms of entertainment.
Last year a prominent state senator called for an investigation of reports that the school district spent $22,000 per month for 15 months on catered meals and take-out food.
But there’s more to the story than all of that. The school district spends a great deal of money on unnecessarily lavish labor costs, as well.
Some are the result of various provisions in the district’s teacher union contract. A good example is a very generous paid sick and personal day policy, which forced the district to spend about $13.7 million on salaries for absent teachers in the 2013-14 academic year, as well as $2.5 million as compensation for unused sick days.
Inflated salaries, mostly for administrators, have been another huge problem. In 2012-13 the school district paid 292 employees more than $100,000 in straight salary, totaling a staggering $33.4 million.
It’s a wonder Newark taxpayers are not marching in the streets, demanding change and accountability.
The paid absence policies in the teacher union contract are an open invitation to rampant absenteeism.
Employees covered by the contract – which comprise a large percentage of the district payroll – are given 15 paid sick days and three paid personal days for a nine-month school year.
In 2013-14, the district’s approximately 2,776 teachers took a combined 17,202 sick days and 5,869 personal days. That comes out to an average of 8.3 paid absences per teacher.
They were paid a combined $13.7 million for days they were not working. The district did not respond to a request for the amount of money spent on substitute teachers.

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