by George Reeves
If you have children in public schools go see this movie. If your children aren’t in public schools you already know the time is past to demand – SCHOOL VOUCHERS! The ECT folks watched the Blu-Ray DVD of this movie over the weekend – thanks to NetFlix.
This new movie documents the decades old (continuing failure) of our Country’s failing public school system. Presented in the movie are the 3 contributing factors to this ongoing failure;
1 – School Bureaucracy – Federal, State and Local. Bloated and overpaid and despite their “good intentions” they’re failing at immense taxpayer expense all over our Country. There is no one common set of academic standards in this U.S. system. A system where no government bureaucrat has apparently been left behind.
2 – Teacher Unions – that have continuously put the interests of teacher tenure – ahead of performance based teaching and performance based pay and performance based teacher retention.
3 – The Democrat Party…who’s largest single campaign contribution comes from the various teachers Unions and the NEA. Their words not the ECT’s – Watch the Movie.
It’s past time to ask our local Eagle County School Board (and Superintendent Sandra Smyser) that if our local public schools are seemingly doing their job to “git ‘er done” as Larry’s slang expression goes…then how is it our County taxpayers can support so many public school alternatives…in a downturn economy…with a shrinking (Job Loss) County population? Examples Abound;
Vail Valley Academy (Vail)
Vail Academy – (Eagle Vail)
Vail Christian (Edwards)
Vail Mountain (Vail)
Charter Schools (quasi-public schools Edwards & Stone Creek)
FACTOID: The majority of public school alternatives in the U.S. hire teachers that are not members of a Union. What’s that tell you?
Parents who support these alternative schools already know and they know why School Vouchers is a way out of the educational mess the 3 forces above have combined to create. Watch the movie.
Soon you can expect your local Eagle County School Board will be asking you for a property tax increase (right after the biggest property tax increase – in the history of Eagle County)…all in the hopes that if you just pay a little more – local education can and will improve. Let’s not forget Superintendent Smyser’s $181,300/yr (plus benefits) salary – that we all pay for her “exemplary performance” in Eagle County.
It’s past time to introduce our Public Schools to market based competition. All our businesses (realtors, restaurants, grocery stores, painters, plumbers…etc…etc) all survive in a competitive market…and we’re all the better for it. It’s past time for our Public School system to stand up and compete for your family’s educational business.
Demand a School Voucher program for your child’s educational future!
OBTW – How’s your personal education match up? Recognize the name of this story’s writer? If you “get the reference” without having to look it up – you get an “A”…If you know how to look it up and quickly did - you get a “B”. If you don’t know and didn’t look up that name - then sadly…you’ll just have to keep “Waiting”…One wonders what our average elected School Board member – got for their grade…Brian?