Residents of a Florida school district wondering why their tax money wasn't enough to keep more than 500 teachers from being laid off this school year might have a few butterfly gardens to thank.
The Broward School District laid off 1,305 employees in June, including 568 teachers, the Employment Spectator reported.
From 2004 to 2008, however, the district managed to pay local developer Roy Rogers more than $394,000 to plant gardens designed to lure butterflies to campus, then negotiated a three-year contract with him in 2007 worth up to $1 million, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Teachers vs. Butterflies
This is a good starting point for a conversation regarding priorities, necessities, and luxuries: