Sen. Johnny Key, who's sponsor of legislation to effectively remove any barriers to student transfers among school districts, posted this Twitter this morning. Wittingly, or unwittingly, it zings right to the heart of the matter:
Kids should not be bound to attend a school b/c of arbitrary, imaginary lines that create a "district"
This is the one-school-district theory of education. It is defensible in the Arkansas Constitution, which makes the state ultimately responsible for a sufficient and equal education for all students in Arkansas. It IS the logical conclusion of a system in which a parent can claim an educational advantage to moving a white kid from El Dorado to Parkers Chapel or Norphlet and both the losing and gaining district have little constructive means — except arbitrariness — to stop it...
Johnny Key forgot there was one problem with that: Arkansas is still under federal orders regarding desegregation. Any changes in districts or consolidation have to be reviewed by a federal judge. This plan would be shot down because it would lead to resegregation. The state would spend millions defending it in court. And then the state would have to increase spending and taxes dramatically to make up for the loss of local property taxes. It would also lead to the end of local control by school districts, such as it is. To make matters even more complicated, how would they then decide which schools close in case of severe weather like last week -- would they all close at once or just a couple at a time?
Typical conservative douchebags don't have a clue what they are doing in government.