I beg you to stop comparing our system to other failing systems. We should never take comfort in others systems that are doing worse than we are. If you look at what cures a failing system look at GM but without the government bailout. When GM unions cranked up the price tag of automobiles and because low quality employees were not fired and kept on the line, quality and price made GM noncompetitive and the market swung toward other makes and GM lost market shares and had to adjust or go out of business. They did not go out of business as they should have because of our generosity but they have been forced adjustments and now they are coming back. The adjustments were mostly a power shift. The power shift from a union controlled industry to a reality controlled industry. Time will tell that this adjustment is short term because the union is still there and still doing what they do. Lets not bail out the govt. education system. Admit it is failing and let the money follow the kid and let competition rule.I think it's safe to say that both the BOE and teachers union has faults in our district. I have no problem paying teachers a respectable wage to produce a quality education for my students. I also agree that some areas of spending in this district needs to be examined to determine if the results are effectively helping our students. The bad blood and bickering between both groups has led to a bad atmosphere in this community. I hope some kind of common ground is found soon if everyone is truly putting "children first". Lets find ways to give our students better opportunities and find effective ways to help our community grow.
I do keep hearing a lot about how 3/8 of our students are struggling, but how does that compare to other districts in our area? Does Lebanon, Lakota, Centerville, and other schools have more or less struggling students?
Use the market to adjust this failing government system.