If any of you are wondering if the Texas school system needs overhauling, My son’s History class is playing ‘National Treasure 2’ today.
My 1st grader has told me about how much she learns when they watch “The Magic School Bus” cartoons in school.* Actually, from the random facts she can now spout off, a surprising amount, apparently. Who said TV can’t be used for educational purposes?
*Granted, The Magic School Bus is a far cry from the atrocity that is National Treasure 2. I think I would write a letter to the principal asking what my child did to deserve the punishment of having to sit through a screening of that flick.
Between a Stone and a Semi-Firm Place
I’ve been a little out of the news loop yesterday, so (and I’m ashamed to admit it) it came as a little bit of a surprise when I got a (recorded) call last night from the county’s superintendant for public schools asking us to vote on the sales tax increase today.
Apparrently, the county wants to add a $0.005 sales tax increase (half a cent increase) to the existing county sales tax, with the extra money going to help fund the public school rennovations that have built 18 new schools and rennovated 17 others in the last 10 years.
This is a pretty big deal, because my county has the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Concord Mills Outlet Mall in it, so you’re talking $4-5 million a year of extra income for the county that would go towards the schools. And for the “average consumer”, this probably wouldn’t be a huge hit out of pocket.
From the research I can find, proponents are saying that if this is not voted in, county officials may look to alternately raising property taxes by $50-100 per year (2.2 cent increase) to make up the difference. The size delta between the two increases shows you how much the county really benefits from the tourist/visitor shopping trade.
Now I don’t know for SURE that a property tax hike would be implemented if this measure doesn’t pass, but I think it likely. I’ve said in the past how big a supporter I am of public schools and education, so I am more than happy to pay “my fair share” to help keep the level and quality of education up in my county (especially as I’ve got kids that will be part of that county’s schools for the next 14 years).
I am thinking the sales tax increase is probably the way to go with the least impact to residents and yet the best benefit to the county, but I turned my brain off on economics after passing my micro/macro classes in college, so I’m not totally sure. If anyone has any opinions or resources that could help explain things more clearly and help me make up my mind on this issue, I’d love to hear from you.
Americans have little knowledge of Canada: poll
A new survey shows that fewer than half of all Americans can name Canada’s capital and that close to two-thirds of our neighbours to the south admit they learned nothing about this country’s history in school.
Umm….so whatever whatever Americans blah blah they think we live in igloos…but the important question here is OBVIOUSLY…wtf is going on in this picture? Really?!?
Wait, Canada is a country now? I thought…well, I thought: