McCaa Uncut: Why did DISD decide to pay teachers with stimulus money?

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by JOHN MCCAA

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WFAA

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 11 at 9:59 PM

I've got a suggestion for the Dallas Independent School District. If some veteran teachers have to be cut because of the cutbacks in aid, perhaps we should start with the person who decided to pay them with money we were only promised to get for one year. It's this week's uncut commentary.

Here is a math problem: You walk in to get a 48-month car loan or mortgage and tell the financial officer you got a little extra money this year from an aunt or uncle. You'll be using that to make the car or house payments this year, but you're not so sure where the money will come from after that. 

What is the likelihood you will get the loan? Not only would they not give you the money, you wouldn't even ask for it. So, why would anyone use one-time stimulus money to pay teachers for a job you need them to do longer than a fiscal year? We're told it was an accident that their not even sure who is responsible.

You take one-time money and pay for one time things like fixing things and buying books.

Now, I know someone will e-mail me and explain that there are different rules for school accounting. That's the problem, different rules. The only rules that should have mattered were the rules of common sense, one of which is you don't expect short-term dividends to pay off long-term or recurring debts.

If one of those teachers who lose their job is a math teacher, they ought to be first in line to replace whoever it was who decided stimulus money should be used to pay salaries. At least they can count.

My thoughts, tell me yours: jmccaa @wfaa.com

 

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