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[VIDEO] Wilton Education Foundation: Get Out the Vote

The WEF has put out a video to promote Wilton's education Budget.

The above is a feature video made by the Wilton Education Foundation [WEF], submitted by WEF chair Christopher Smith. What do you think of the video? Tell us in the comments below. 

Connecticut15 April 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The children state "A vote FOR the school budget is a vote FOR me." (emphasis added) The emphasized words are very problematic. It crosses the border between encouraging residents to understand the issues versus telling the residents how to vote. Is that truly WEF's place? Hel What is the charter of WEF and its purpose? They have provided programs, they have provided money, scholarships and technology...should they be telling residents how to vote and use children in the process? While the children in the video may verbally emphasize the "me" in 'vote for me," this feels rather inappropriate. The BoE has worked very hard. That is not really the point. Shouldn't the point be that WEF wants people, voters, to educate themselves about the details of teh budget, the programs, what is covered, what is not, what is actually spent versus what is budgeted and what is the school learning environment like across the schools, the spectrum of learners and teachers, and how it is or is not working and what can be done about it?
Concerned Wilton resident April 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The Wilton Education Foundation is a 501c3 organization and should not be promoting any sort of vote on the budget.
Eustace Tilley April 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
WEF is a great resource for the schools and their contributions are valued. Having said that, its important to understand a vote for the budget is not necessarily a vote for the students. Last year, the BOE spent 68 million dollars out of pocket. This year, their budget is 74 million dollars. They are hiring 2 people and the rest goes to salaries and benefits for staff. 30 cents on the dollar goes to traditional classroom teachers, 30 cents on the dollar goes to special services and the rest goes to administration. I don't have a problem paying for the schools but I do have serious concers about HOW it is spent. The WEF, PTA and other well intentioned groups/individuals should support the budget ONLY IF they fully understand how the money is used. Knee-jerk-support is one third right.. A NO vote might very well send an important message. Spend it wisely.
No to BOE April 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It seems to me that the goal of WEF and the PTA should be making sure that we get the most bang for our buck. That the money is spent where it benefits students the most. But the message here seems to be to just vote yes on spending money, let's not worry what it is spent for or if it could be more wisely allocated. As long as the town continues to hand the BOE a blank check by blindly voting yes, the BOE will have no incentive to make sure that the students benefit rather than the administrators. It is time to send a message....VOTE NO.....
No to BOE April 27, 2012 at 05:16 PM
By the way, watch what the BOE does if by some miracle the town wakes up and votes no. The first thing they will do is say that they have to cut teachers and increase class size. They will want to be sure that the voters are punished for daring to go against their wishes. So we will have to remain strong and keep voting no until they get the message that the bloated administration needs to be cut. Stay strong Wilton...VOTE NO....

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