Instead of floating bond measures and soaking taxpayers, school districts should drastically reduce overhead. Eliminate unnecessary administrative staff in public education. School districts with one high school and two middle schools do not need three assistant superintendents. Instead of large bureaucracies, dedicate more money to the classroom.
Replace school boards with a board of trustees. Instead of politicians’ positioning with abstract proposals, parents, teachers, and community leaders can implement curriculum and instruction in the best interests of the students. They can invest the time and energy in designing policy and evaluate its effectiveness.
Entitlement reform must be enacted. School districts disburse the majority of their depleting funds to off-setting pension obligations. Teachers’ unions must embrace reform or forfeit their collective bargaining rights. Merit pay for exceptional teaching, along with flexible contracts will permit districts to evaluate teachers and dismiss unqualified staff more efficiently
Above all, student choice through a voucher system would ensure that districts compete for funds and spend taxpayer dollars effectively.
We have the power to make education better. Never say never!