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April 26, 2007



Problem is the role of schools have been expanded from education to social worker to make up and deal with the failure and inability of incresing numbers of parents to do their part

Long-time politico

The problem is not parents, or inadequate funding. If that were the case, private schools would be failing right and left (they spend less than half on a per student basis.)

Public schools are a monopoly. They behave like a monopoly. Economic analysis tells us that a monopoly will behave in a predictable manner. They will raise prices well beyond the CPI (school funding has grown at obscene rates.) They will stifle innovation (does anyone actually believe that there will has been genuine reform?) And finally they operate to the almost exclusive benefit of the owners (in this case that is the teachers, administrators and related electeds.)

The solution? Inject competition.

Nobody in the world comes to this nation for the public elementary schools. But our post-secondary education system is the envy of the world. Why? It is a competitive hybrid of public and private schools that genuinely compete for the finest scholars.

It is a tragedy for our children and our nation that the powers that be among public elementary education are so terrified of having to actually earn a living by competing.

Greg Smith

You can track the decline of public education in California by following the trail of increasing state control. Since 1973, Sacramento has been progressively seizing authority for public education; and the more power they take, the worse the system becomes.

The blame falls on the California legislature. Over thirty years ago, the courts ruled that funding schools with local property taxes was unconstitutional. The State's answer: send all school-related property-tax revenue to Sacramento, where it would be reapportioned and returned to local districts. At the same time, the government (in its arrogance) concluded that, since "State" was now funding education, the system should be under increasing State control.

With the loss of local control, the quality of education began to deteriorate. With this deterioration came new state fixes (which made the problem worse), and so-on and so-on. The downward spiral persists to this day.

The answer to the education dilemma is a return to local control. Let the State apportion the money, but local communities need to decide what works for their children. This system was successful before the State monkeed around with it--it can be successful again.

By the way, I had a front-row seat for much of this educational tragedy. I'm a former school-board member who worked hard to stop the Sacramento power grab.

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