Good morning. Here’s a roundup of the opinion content we published this weekend and today.
• All weekend long, we’ve had a host of letters on school budgets and votes over the last three days. Take a look.
• Here’s a recap of the endorsements we made last week for candidates in local races for school board positions.
• On Sunday, our editorial assessed the condition of local school budgets, many of which are either flat when compared to last year or make cuts. We write:
“Still, matters could be worse. No one suggests that this year is an anomaly . Instead, many forecasters assert that we are in the midst of a long-term restructuring. Taxpayers are wrung-out. Unsustainable benefits costs are catching up with us. Albany has been a no-show when it comes to finding solutions. Indeed, school districts learned that Albany can’t even be trusted to pay promised state aid on time; there is no reason to be optimistic about future state aid. …
“Nobody wants to cut back on expenses that could affect their children’s future. But this is the year of downscaled expectations.
“Just as homeowners who embraced McMansions during the boom are now seeing the appeal of smaller, more compact homes, residents are going to have to accept structural changes to the local school district.”
“What shape those changes will take is hard to envision just yet, but the first step toward change may be the spreading recognition that business-as-usual is a thing of the past.”
And here’s a look at other content we’ve carried:
• Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the Supreme Court, writes a Perspective piece on the lack of educational diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Elena Kagan would be the ninth justice to have attended either Harvard or Yale law schools. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Harvard Law School but earned her degree from Columbia.
• In his cartoon, Matt Davies comments again on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, taking aim at oil companies.
• Kim Cook of Larchmont writes a Community View in reply to a May 9 report on teen driving in which she argues that more caution and less rage would help drivers of every age.
• Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, writes a Community View on the state Senate’s recent failure to pass the Environmental Access to Justice Act, which he says would have given the public more of a say in environmental issues.
• Lois Winkler and Lisa Davis, officials at the Westchester/Putnam School Boards Association, outline the traits they believe today’s school board candidates should possess in a Community View.