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October 20, 2005

Wasting Bill's Money

"Gates Foundation Exec Pans Seattle School District," our headline said. The story is here. I note it because I heard stories last year about my son's middle school, which is in the Seattle School District, of how some of that money was spent. Teachers were paid to attend meetings after school hours. The meetings were supposed to be about reforming the school. But at least two meetings were mainly devoted to two teachers who argued that they should be paid more than the other ones. I don't recall what their reason was. Maybe it was a good reason, though the person who told me the story, and who had been at the meetings, thought it was not a good reason. (And, yes, the two teachers won their extra money; they demanded it and got it.) The point is, Bill's money was being paid to people to sit and argue over how much of Bill's money they should get. Ridiculous!

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at October 20, 2005 06:27 PM



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