On Saturday, Derry’s teachers union won a victory and the fiscally prudent decisions of elected school board officials were undermined. The President of the Derry Education Association proposed an $800,000 budget increase at Derry’s school district Deliberative on Feb. 2. The school board had cut this money from the district’s budget by reducing 14 positions which included 7.5 teaching positions, according to reporting in the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday. The amendment to the budget passed at Deliberative.
Let’s not kid ourselves. This has nothing to do with education and everything to do with jobs for teachers.
I wasn’t at this Deliberative nor do I have any insight into its dynamics that day, but I do know how easy it is in general to stack a Deliberative session to push through an agenda that benefits a narrow but politically active segment of the population. It’s very simple. Teachers who live in the district show up to Deliberative while parents and other taxpayers of the district conduct their usual busy Saturday errands.
In case you haven’t figured out the game yet, Derry’s default budget is MORE than the proposed 2013-2014 budget despite 13-14 being about 2% higher than last year’s budget. (Timberlane’s default budget is also higher than the proposed budget, as it has been for a number of years.) Derry’s default budget is $81,927,550. Its proposed budget is now $81,903,691. Derry taxpayers will not vote for the default budget. Instead, they will suffer rule by unions.
The sad reality is that people get the government they deserve and the tax rate they can’t be bothered to control. Timberlane’s Deliberative is at 7 p.m. this Thursday, February 7 at the Performing Arts Center in Plaistow. The auditorium will be mostly empty, as usual, except for those whose agenda might not suit you.