This is a thought I had on reading someone else's post and
I want to try to put it together.
For those calling for armed guards at schools. I am not against this idea at all.
My concern is how to pay for it without detracting from the education of the children.
(Yes I know a bullet detracts let's leave that aside) So we take lowering the teachers pay or the number of teachers off the table.
There are about 125,000 public schools in America. For every school we need at least one guard.
Many schools are large and have multiple entrances. They would require more than one.
For the sake of argument let's say 1.5 guards per school. ( I would think the number would be higher but we need something to work with)
This gives us 187,500 guards.
We need to pay them. This is a full time job. So we need a pay scale. Here in TN they would
need less to live than in NYC or Parkland FL or many other places. So.... We don't want them
worrying about money when they are guarding our children so we will pay as much as
the teachers make.
Pulling up a web site starting teacher pay ranges from $27,000 to $51,000 it looks like an good average would be about $35,000.https://articles.niche.com/teacher-salaries-in-america/
So we are left with 187,500 people making $35,000 a year or $656,250,000 per year.
That is take home pay. Add in the cost of insurance and other benefits and the cost
would be more like $900 million dollars.
Someone said to defund planned parenthood to pay. They get about $500 million a year in
federal funds but most of that is from Medicare. So we would get back about $200 million
in direct grants. We still need to come up with $700 million dollars.
Where do we get this? I am being conservative in my numbers I think. The real cost of ANY
government run organization is usually much higher. Or do we sub-contract it?
Either way where does the money come from? Add to the deficit? Raise taxes?
I am not a nuclear physicist, but play one on the internet.