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Debate: Federal grants... blessing or curse?
Maricopia County Educational Services Agency (AZ) just recieved a Teacher Incentive Fund Grant for 7 schools in the amount of 57.8 million dollars. That is $8,257,142 per school.
If we were one of the seven schools that would be 275,238 per staff member.
The plan in place is to provide a class on how to be more effective teachers and administrators. No further plans for the money have been made public. That better be some class.
Government is the most inefficient means of addressing any problem. David Hamilton once stated that California gave the feds 3 dollars for every dollar returned (I may not have got that right). His point is well taken. Why not keep your money and put it to work for you. Most federal money is absorbed in administrative costs inherient in big government.
$57.8 for a class .... could this money have been spent more wisely. A better teacher helps the kids .... so would updating all of the teaching tools .... computer systems ... check out lap tops ... curriculum developers .... facility improvements ..... science labs ... manual trades shop tools and supplies ... etc .....
Is this a good use of money? How would you have made better use of $57.8M? Or are you OK with this class?