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Re: tax/public schools

This Iowa "experience" was mentioned in the article. Most [maybe all] of the 650 were the alums who "contribute" to the school, earmarking their funds for--guess what?--football. Quid pro quo. And the school let the athletic department [clearly a loose cannon] squander it's income from the bowl game. But this happens at most school that are "football power" wannabes. Main focus of the NYTimes article was the University of South Florida, a Tampa establishment. Before the yahoo alums began bribing it to institute a national championship football program, it called itself "a research university."

On Friday, February 6, 2004, at 02:52 AM, Melody wrote:

Yeah...black hole in a school's budget, indeed...am currently wondering
how much of the million or so dollars the Hawkeyes got for their bowl
appearance is left after the athletic department financed the entire
trip for 650 people...Always ticks me off, especially since I live and
work in the University of Iowa's home community, that the athletic
department here gets to keep every single dime of revenue they bring
in...it is not considered part of the general fund of the state of Iowa
or the University of Iowa and while they can afford to pay millions of
dollars in salaries to coaches, the state is going ever deeper in debt,
the cost of tuition at the 3 state universities gets increased every
year, the state of Iowa has the 50th worst salaries for nurses in the
nation, our public schools all over the state are faced with major
budget shortfalls, etc...and yet millions of dollars every year is
retained by the athletic departments of our 3 state universities...ooh!
obviously we've hit a nerve and I'll shut up now!! Better send some
Valium my way, too!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 02/05, james singer < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 18:08:05 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT]tax/public schools

Hi, Ceres. Sorry, but I don't buy that line about football supporting
<br>other sports. Earlier this year, there was an economic analysis in
the <br>New York Times magazine that documented that football is a black
hole <br>in any school's budget. Needless to say, such treasonous
information is <br>ignored in my area.<br><br><br><br>On Thursday,
February 5, 2004, at 01:06 PM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:<br><br>> In a
message dated 2/5/04 11:19:04 AM, gardenqueen@gbronline.com <br>>
writes:<br>><br>> << Down here they spend way too much<br>> time and
money on football >><br>><br>> Pam, in our area and would assume this
would be true in Texas, football<br>> supports its self and other less
profitable sports. My granddaughters <br>> attend a<br>> school that
generally make to state thus receive monies that fund <br>> other
activities<br>> such as drama, debate, etc. I do think sports are very
important in <br>> the<br>> development of a well rounded student. I
think there are students that <br>> live for<br>> sports and is an
incentive to keep their grades up. Sports have great <br>> learning<br>>
opportunities but as most things they do often have a negative side.
<br>> My<br>> granddaughters are involved in school sponsored
volleyball, <br>> basketball, golf,<br>> cheerleading (which is now
considered a sport) and softball so they <br>> are in sports at<br>> all
times of the year and over lapping at times yet they are honor <br>>
students.<br>> Golf was a sport they began to play at age 3 and played
as a family and<br>> competed in non-school competition (golf is only
offered at hi school <br>> level). This<br>> is a sport that they will
always be able to enjoy.<br>> Swimming is a great sport but seldom gets
much attention. This is <br>> a<br>> sport that is ill attended, no
chearleaders but one that requires much <br>> hard work<br>> and
gruesome practices. My son was a competitive swimmer with 6 am <br>>
winter time<br>> swims. This is another sport that one can enjoy for
life. <br>> Unfortunately my<br>

granddaughters attend a small school which does not offer this <br>>
opportunity.<br>> Ceres<br>><br>>
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