We have 13 school districts serving 100,000 students in this county; that is fewer than 8,000 students per district. Each district has a superintendent, support staff, facilities, automobiles, contractors, school boards, etc. If we cut to just one district to serve the entire county, we can save enough money to balance the budget without affecting the classrooms and related school programs.
School districts are one of the sacred cows of our education system. It's time to re-evaluate where we want our money spent. Unfortunately the people making those decisions are the same ones that are keeping themselves employed with the big salaries at the administration level.
Time for a change -- run the schools like a business. Cut at the top, not at the classroom level. Obviously, this is not a practical solution since none of the decision makers will actually cut their own jobs for the good of the program. They will slice at the bottom and we, the public, will just stand by with our hands in our pockets. So, it is our fault if we lose any classroom or school activities for doing nothing. Shame on us.
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