“Once again, the cautious approach of the Republican-led BET (Greenwich) has been justified”
As Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame receiver once said, “It’s still like deja vu. This year, like last year, the Republican-led Estimation and Taxation Council has been the target of unfair and utterly unnecessary political aggression based on false narratives and the fear of citizens concerned about school funding. .
Last spring, during the unprecedented shutdown of COVID and associated economic uncertainty, Republican BET made the prudent decision to keep all city budgets, including schools, flat for the next fiscal year. Supporters of the school began to spread their fear-mongering rhetoric about dismissed teachers and suppressed curricula. A sense of the meeting’s resolution, requiring the BET to grant all of the Education Council’s interim appropriation requests, came ahead of the representative city meeting in May. This all happened as school closures resulted in significant savings that allowed school administrators to pre-order millions of dollars in supplies for the coming year and donate $ 3.5 million in additional savings. in the city. In the end, it was very clear that the Republican BET majority, which had been under incredible pressure and pilloried by local Democrats and school supporters, made the responsible decision. No teachers were made redundant and no programs were cut.