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As a teacher, I always find stories <a href=3D"http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=3D=
1&display=3Drednews/2005/12/20/build/local/30-hines.inc"
>like this one</a> in the Billings Gazette amusing. Despite th=
e almost constant complaints from school districts that there is not enough=
money for students, there always seems to be enough to hire people outside=
of the classroom. Despite claims <a href=3D"
http://www.billingsgazette.c=
om/index.php?display=3Drednews/2005/12/17/build/local/35-school-funding.inc=
"
>less than a week ago</a> that the school funding formula was =
not giving the Billings school district enough money, the district is willi=
ng to spend $20,000 for the services of a communications director.

Some of the keen insight she has offered:

<blockquote>Last wee=
k’s school bus accident in Lockwood illustrated that shift. At her recommen=
dation, the district quickly acted to alert staff and the media of the acci=
dent and gave updates on the situation throughout the day.</blockquote&g=
t;

I would have offered that advice for $1.50.

School funding =
will always be a mess as long as the priority is not on the needs of studen=
ts. Why are music, gym, and co-curricular activities always the first to be=
cut? Why not administrative fluff? As long as voters continue to see their=
tax dollars wasted like this, it will continue to be difficult to convince=
them to increase support for education.

PS: It’s communicator.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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