There is a saying that I'm sure you've heard often.…“there is an elephant in the room." It generally relates to something that is very obvious yet some people don’t see it. In Framingham, we have an elephant in the room that is so obvious you would think the people were blind not to see it.
School expenditures relate directly to children in the school. The more children in the school the more we pay, it's only common sense.
In Framingham we have around 1,500 or children of illegal aliens attending our schools. In fact one school, Woodrow Wilson has around 500 alone. So to simplify this ... It cost around $16,000 dollars to educate each child in the schools today. If you multiply this cost times the 1,500 children in the schools it comes up to $24 million. Now if we didn't have these 1,500 children attending school wouldn't it make sense we wouldn’t be spending that 24 million dollars? We wouldn't need to hire the extra teachers and we might not even need the Woodrow Wilson School. So that fact alone would be a huge cost savings.
Of course the teachers wouldn't be too happy about it, and I honestly think that is where the problem is. The more teachers you can bring into the union means a big payday for both. That’s why you never hear the unions/teachers speaking out against the illegal aliens because they benefit from them immensely, the more kids they have the more money spent on teachers, unions, and schools to educate them.
The school budget is a big part of the towns expenditures, and the one department some people would hate to see trimmed down. Imagine knocking 24 million dollars off the school budget, and what that savings that would mean to the taxpayers. If you have no kids and your neighbor has three who would be spending more money? Pretty simple, unless your neighbor with three kids is starving them and not clothing them.
I'm not a math wiz or an economic major, but I know that you can't spend any more than you make, and when it comes to our town expenditures, we sometimes miss that most important point.
Taxes relate to expenditures. One of the reasons why our taxes are going up is directly related to the illegal aliens and their children in the school system. Of course, some will say that if the illegal alien children weren’t here, there would be other children to take their place. To that I say baloney! Who would be the ones to replace them ... American children? I don’t think so? It’s not happening now. The new growth is not American Children.
Most of the new children coming into the school system as I look at it, seem to be illegal immigrant children.
So if we stopped illegal immigration then we would stop a huge benefiter of our tax money, those illegal aliens who bring their children into our school system. To deflect the problem to home assessment values is not telling the whole story. I think when people talk about taxes and assessments the illegal alien issues should be part of the conversation.
I don’t think the town, or the school dept, have been completely honest about all if this. We the people deserve to know how our money is being spent and on whom. It's called honest accountability.
How we fix the problem is another story for another time.
Town Meeting Member
Precinct 14 Chair