Thursday, March 13, 2008 | When budgets are cut, they hurt everyone, or they should. Could a district cut all salaries 10, 15, or 20 percent and not touch teachers?

Could they cut all budgets, not just positions, but all costs across the board?

One of the problems in the public sector is that they have never had to run a business before. It is not their money at risk. When costs need to be trimmed, they cut the most recent hires, sometimes the best people they have.

It is a poor situation. The fat cats in charge at the top of the food chain might only get a 4 percent increase this year — superintendents, staff, principals, the administration, etc. — those that make the rules do not get hurt. The top keeps getting more bloated.

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