In the battle to balance the budget, schools districts have tried a lot of stupid things.
But when it comes to dumb ideas, this one sets the bar pretty high.
Plugging in those personal amenities at work will cost teachers and employees money in a small, but growing, number of school districts. By making employees who bring in fans, space heaters and other small devices pay a fee to offset the electricity those appliances use, district administrators think they have a promising new way to help control costs after years of budget cuts. Grosse Pointe Public Schools initiated a “pay to plug” measure last spring, and Chippewa Valley Public Schools is considering doing the same for this fall.
Next step: faculty pay toilets.