Sunday, May 7, 2017

Puerto Rico Goes Bust, Closes Schools All Over the Country

Puerto Rico to close 184 public schools amid economic crisis

Pensions, debts, public debt, and overwhelming deficit spending lead to unintended conseuences.

Puerto Rico is closing 184 public schools in a move expected to save millions of dollars amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

Public schools begin to close.

Public works, services, and infrastructure will close, stop, or fail.

If there is no money, there is no money.

Margaret Thatcher said it best: "The problem with socialism is that you run out of everyone else's money,

An estimated 27,000 students will be moved elsewhere when their schools close at the end of May, Education Department spokeswoman Yolanda Rosaly told the Associated Press.

The public sector unions are too large, too strong.

The largest employer in Puerto Rico is the government. How long does anyone think that al of this will last?


At least Puerto Rico is breaking records, right?

It is the largest mass closure of schools in the history of the U.S. territory. Officials shuttered 150 schools over the span of five years from 2010 to 2015.

The largest in history? Wait until Los Angeles Unified goes bust.

How many hundreds of schools will be forced to "restructure" when the money runs out, or gets cut off, since these schools want to play the sanctuary card and not cooperate with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws.

Opponents of previous school closures say that transportation logistics and special education needs were not taken into account. An estimated 30% of Puerto Rico students receive specialized education, twice the average in the U.S. mainland.

When there is no money, there is no money.

Puerto Rico currently has a total of 1,292 public schools that serve 365,000 students. The island has seen its school enrollment drop 42% in the past three decades, and an additional 22% drop is expected in upcoming years, according to a report that the Boston Consulting Group submitted to the previous administration to help restructure Puerto Rico's education system.

That's a lot of schools! How many does LAUSD have? 1, 187.

The Puerto Rican government employees too many people. They have at least 100 more schools, yet a much lower enrollment.

Where did the nation's education department think that they would get all their money from?

Where, indeed? They were probably hoping for some kid of bailout from the federal government, which was not forthcoming.

Much of the drop is the result of parents moving to the U.S. mainland in search of jobs and a more affordable life, as well as thousands of teachers being recruited from the island for their bilingual skills.

The island's low birthrate also is expected to keep driving down enrollment.

The same low birthrate assures that taxing young people more will not bail the government out of its massive, self-imposed debt, either.

The United States, and the several states within the nation, are witnessing the dismal dress rehearsal for the comprehensive restructuring to follow if the United States and larger states within do not take the pensions, the spending, and the massive debt eating away at their bottom line. Such is the decadence of our democracy, in which elected officials today are borrowing from the  future, rather than preparing their nations and their local and state governments to serve the future.

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