Saturday, December 24, 2011
School Consolidation is bad
School Consolidation is bad. Think about it. It is just "kicking the can down the road" for a future day of reckoning. The sickness to be cured in the schools is the out of control, over-inflated teacher salaries with unreasonable longevity step and coursework step increases, increasing pensions and increasing health benefits. Consolidating school districts will only buy you about 3 to 5 years. After that, the savings from consolidation will have been lost due to skyrocketing teacher compensation. SUGGESTION- Go in the opposite direction. Open competition between public and private schools. This School Choice with vouchers and Pell grants allow parents to choose which public and private school their children should attend. Competition breeds excellence in teaching. Our present public school, union-controlled teaching system breeds failing schools, which is obvious to all of us by now. Let us push School Choice with vouchers. Don't support consolidation, since the school sickness will continue.