I agree with "Cut government agencies from top" (March 9, Letters). Usually in government agencies there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Model the schools the same way the Japanese have been running their schools for decades: one principal, one assistant/finance principal, one head teacher, one nurse and two to three bus drivers with maintenance backgrounds to take care of the buses. In the district, get rid of the analysts (especially, those with no teaching background), information technology and assistants to this or that.
The office and library could be run by volunteers and students. The students are the janitors and gardeners. Students should be required to bring their own lunch; it should not be provided to them. The only exception are those who are low- or no income. They get the same boxed lunch every day, distributed by volunteers and students. Closed campus. Basic and simple, no frills.
I don't ever see this happening because why would administrators cut their own jobs for the future of the children? You can see where money is spent by simply looking at a school district's organization chart and seeing how many employees are on the payroll.
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