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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Councilman Al Ferraro thinks the lotto is still a thing

I am going to try and answer all of the city council's questions no matter how ridiculous, frivolous or already answered.  My answers will be in bold.

• Council Member Al Ferraro, District 2 

1. How much money do you receive from the Florida Lottery? Do you receive any other funding like the lottery? Um what? What has happened to lottery funding is well documented? Asking about the lottery is pretty ignorant and irrelevant at this point. 

2. What has the money been used on? irrelevant, the lottery hasn't been a real contributor in a decade. 

3. How many administrators per student? List 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2019? Irrelevant, though we see what you are trying to do their, administer shame the district. Since 1980 we have increases in testing, taking care of ESOL and ESE kids and a whole host of mandates from the state. We undoubtedly have more now than we did then.

4. What is the budget for non-teaching staff? What has been spent on non-teaching staff in 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2019? Irrelevant, but since Florida is 46th in education spending you can rest assured it hasn't been enough.

5. What is the administration’s percent of growth in the last 20 years? Irrelevant and isn't this the same as question 3?

6. What percentage of the monies from the 1⁄2 cent sales tax would go to charter schools? Money won't be distributed on a percentage basis but on a needs basis. Isn't that how it should be distributed.

7. Projection and funding streams don’t line up. Please explain? Probably because one is a projection.

8. Enrollment, where is it going public schools or charter schools? There are multiple projections out there. Do you have access to google or a Times Union subscription?

9. How does the debit service work for or against the city? The city and the district share the same debt service guy, shouldn't you ask them?

10. What school s will be worked on first and who will be last? Greene has said phase one is safety, phase two will be based on school needs. Don't worry though there is plenty to pick from.

I almost stopped after he asked questions about the lottery, sadly his questions didn't get much better.

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