I won't say there aren't districts where there is waste, there are plenty, but one does have to build and maintain buildings, which can be quite expensive. There are also pensions to consider, which are not always managed sensibly. So a lot depends on what is in that $18k figure. If it includes facilities and the district made a really bad facilities decision 15-20 years ago, that can be a huge chunk right there that the teachers don't see one penny of. And in that situation, blind cuts will just hurt the people who are just doing their job because the overhead of that bad decision is probably impossible to change. (e.g. a bond issue or similar)
And this idea that parents pay taxes for the education of their own children is madness. Taxes that go to schools principally pay for the education of *other people's* children. That is and always has been what public schools are for. It seems like this should be obvious, since people don't just pay those taxes while their children are in school. So the thing you should argue for is better schools at the same cost. The community has already decided it is worth $18k per year per student, but that value for that money can be improved.
A few reporters getting duped is NOT the same as intentionally and repeatedly manufacturing fake news. This is actually a strategy of the fake news pushers... try to dress something up well enough to get picked up by the more reputable sources. Then declare them irriputable when one of dozens of false-flag operations gets through. But the point is that this story was (a) discredited by other news sources and (b) will be or already has been retracted by the WP and (c) reporters will lose their jobs or be demoted, not promoted like they would at a fake news operation.
Also, I'm sure that Rolling Stone has been scouring the Washington Post for something poorly sourced like this, since it was the Post that eviscerated Rolling Stone for the expose on gang rape on college campuses, which turned out to be fabricated by the victim (though actually in a very convincing way).
The problem isn't fake news, it's a public who can't pay attention longer than one 24-hour news cycle. The real facts are almost never known within 24 hours. If people drew their conclusions after there had been enough time for consideration and cross-checking, fake news would have no power. Just like superpacs would have no power if people would just not believe a word of what someone paid for them to hear, duh.
It's funny to me that they say the Earth's rotation is "determined" by IERS. No, it is *measured*. A subtle implied difference, but a critical one. The problem here is actually with unix time, not UTC. TAI as an alternative to unix time actually makes pretty decent sense. When was the last time you manually converted from seconds since epoch to day/month/year?
I think the point is that since time zones are actually updated more frequently for political purposes than leap seconds occur, it makes sense, for network-connected computers at least, to just stuff the leap seconds in the same distribution channels (already done actually) and abandon trying to hack around the clumsy (non-monotonically increasing) definition of unix time.
But it does move! -- Galileo Galilei