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$383,000 Stimulus Spent at Hollywood Spa for Georgia Teachers

February 5th, 2010 1 comment

Your Stimulus $$ at Work, Vacations for Teachers

DEKALB GA: Georgia teachers this week are staying at the posh Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa for an educator’s conference. Those in attendance from the Dekalb school district include 39 principals, 32 assistant principals, 45 teachers, 50 reading and math coaches, and 20 central office staff. Remember that the Dekalb contingent is just a small part of the national conference attendees. Georgia school district tax payers don’t have to worry though– they are off the hook. This trip is being paid for by Obama stimulus funds.

Stimulus money from Washington is often discussed in terms of “shovel ready,” designated for construction projects that are supposed to create jobs for unemployed Americans.

But the DeKalb County School System has decided to use stimulus money to attend a four-day conference sponsored by America’s Choice, which a schools spokesman calls “a great thing.”…

[Schools spokesman Dale] Davis said the school system will spend $91,500 for conference registrations and another $291,400 for hotels, flights, meals and incidentals. That’s a total of $382,900 in federal tax money. In an email, Davis wrote, “I am happy that you are expressing interesting in this training opportunity for our employees. We are focused on student improvement. America’s Choice is in partnership with the district to help improve the academic success in 40 of our lowest performing schools.” Atlanta WSBRadio

So the school district couldn’t fit them into a gym for an assembly? This is the type of fraud you can expect when you give Congress a credit card with no spending limits. Oh wait… Congress does have a spending limit: $12.394 trillion. But they decided it wasn’t high enough and just gave themselves a $1.9 trillion credit line increase, bringing their limit to $14.3 trillion.

Congress needs to take your money so they can give to folks that will vote for them, and that certainly includes teachers. When they run out of your money, they’ll spend your children’s money, and then your grandchildren’s, all in order to pay back those who got them elected, and you are letting them do it. Read more…

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