by “it’s for the kids…isn’t it”
They have them. We don’t.
It seems…the difference between Indiana and Colorado is that Indiana is willing to try something new to improve (K-12) Public Education – and so far…the Centennial State is not.
Case in point. South Bend’s Public School District. What’s going on? According to a recent article in the South Bend Tribune (Click Here) their Public School District is expecting to loose ~600 students this year.
Further – that represents a loss of $6,152 per student to the District according to the report .
So? So what did their School Board decide to do? Address the underlying Education issues that have caused their District to hemorrhage so many students?
No? Instead their Board approved $30,000.00 in a new marketing and advertising budget designed to convince Parents that what they know is going on in Public School’s – isn’t.
Pathetic – is the first term that comes to mind. They can’t figure out why they have a Public School problem? The good news? Well so far their District hasn’t tried to raise Property Taxes…
The fact is you can figure it will take about 3-5 years of “market based” Public School Education before their new system “shakes out”. Student’s still need teachers and if an Indiana teacher doesn’t work for the District – there is most likely a job waiting at the Charter or other Private School. 3-5 years of evaluation is needed – no doubt to see any real change in graduation rates.
Consider this: School Board vs. free Market decisions by parents
Who really has a better chance at improving Public education in Indiana? A local School Board – who ignores the Public Education issues in favor of spending $30.000.00 on a new marketing budget – or concerned Parents who talk to each other and put their kids in the best Schools they can find?