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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Local Control: A thing of the past?

Not too long ago Wawasee had a board seat open between elections. During the board interviews a candidate asked the current school board members, "What do you know now, that you wish you had known when you ran for board election?"

What a great question. I think all four board members agreed that they didn't realize how much of what schools must do is controlled by the state and federal government.

Now along comes Governor Daniel's, "Driving Money to the Classroom" initiative. It really isn't Mitch's idea, as the concept is being pushed in many states across the nation. The concept is deceivingly simple. Who could be against spending more money on instruction? Unfortunately, careful reading of the details reveals a continuation of a very troublesome trend. What little local control has been in place is being systematically shifted to the state level.

The Journal Gazette discusses the bill. Click here. At the bottom of the page the Gazette links you to the actual bills.

If you have an opinion on the bill, click on the "Write your legislator link" on the sidebar and send your state representatives an e-mail.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Someone please remind me why we have school boards and high level administrators again? If this passes we might as well not have them. Sorry Doc, you could be out of a job next...Gotta get that money to the classroom! HA!

Dr. Mark J. Stock said...

Well, there are always plenty of problems so I guess that's job security.

But, with local control slipping away we just have less control over the solutions! :-)