In case you weren’t already convinced that public, government run education is of the devil, then the obscene amount of money being spent by a Buffalo school district on cosmetic surgeries for teachers should make you a believer.
According to a new report, the district is forking over $5.4 million–funded by tax payers of course–to provide tummy tucks, breast lifts, and nose jobs.
Oh, but not to worry folks, the teachers say it’s all being done for the kids. After all, it’s impossible to learn anything from an “ugly” teacher. It’s a distraction and we can’t have that in the classroom, can we?
From EAG News:
Even a $50 million budget deficit in the Buffalo school district couldn’t convince members of the Buffalo Federation of Teachers to cut down on their taxpayer-funded tummy tucks, breast lifts and nose jobs.
In fact, school district spending on the unique benefit, known as a “cosmetic rider” on the insurance plan for union members, totaled $5.4 million in 2013-14, an increase of 4.1 percent from 2012-2013 and an increase of 9.5 percent from two years ago, according to public records information obtained exclusively by EAGnews.
In January 2014, the Buffalo News reported that the school district was grappling with a $50 million budget deficit for the 2013-14 school year.
“That gives us very little wiggle room to fund anything new,” Barbara Smith, the district’s chief financial officer, told the school board.
Except, of course, for a lot of new cosmetic medical procedures for teachers.
So even though this school is in financial dire straits and has poor academic performance, they’re still wasting valuable tax payer funds on cosmetic surgeries for teachers, rather than improving the quality of education students are receiving.
Bad form. Very bad form.
Perhaps part of the reason the kids who attend school in the district perform so poorly is because they have teachers who are completely self-absorbed and more concerned about their physical appearance than doing their union protected job.
What’s even more infuriating is that while most Americans have to pay a co-pay to see the doctor or pay for a procedure, these “teachers” give absolutely nothing toward the cost of the surgeries they’re receiving. It’s all paid for by the district, which really means tax payers.
According to the report, the union refuses to agree to a new contract that doesn’t contain this particular perk, once again proving that unions are an evil, destructive, progressive institution.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll probably say it a billion more times, but the federal government needs to be booted from public education and schooling needs to be handled at the state and local level.
There are a million different ways this could be done, and all of them are better than the current system which protects horrible teachers and wastes our money on ridiculousness like boob jobs and tummy tucks.
Maybe I’ll live long enough to see the Department of Education abolished. Hey, it could happen.