It has become common knowledge that once again Cobb County Schools faces a major budget crisis.
The solution is always the same. Larger class sizes, teacher layoffs and the old standby, furlough days. Cobb has gone from a deficit of $62 million (with layoffs, furlough days and initially a 2 percent pay cut) to an $82 million deficit (same solutions, same results) and this year $86 million in deficits and the board offered nothing new.
According to Brad Johnson, Cobb Schools’ financial officer, the horizon looks no better.
As a former employee, now retired, I spent 22 years wondering how a school system could run deficit spending year in and year out and offer no concrete solutions. Of course the world of education has no similarity to reality. Stockholders fire board members in a corporation if deficits become a way of life.
Formerly of Cobb Schools