WOW you are living in a different world than any taxpayer. When people say you have to have skin in the game what that means is your money and everyone that lives in this country has skin in the game. Until we stop using Federal monies and State money and local money and just charge tuition for the full cost of education public education will never be and should never be allowed to have board members that only parents. You see a private school is aloud to have board members that they choose and are not elected for this reason.<quoted text>
Always the "what if" arguments.......your what if arguments do not fit the REALITY of the situation. Mr Petroni currently has school aged kids and he chooses to not send them to the orgnization that he is in charge of.
And you are correct - someone that chooses, or chose to send their kids to a parochial school should not have a say in the community schools - from an elected Board perspective. And I say that having gone to parochial schools all my life. I would not feel it would be right to run for school board because I never had any direct dealing with the schools or had any prior expertise. Can I get up in Board meetings and voice my opinion. You bet. Can I vote for school issues - you bet. Again, the example of a CEO who is the head of a company that chooses to NOT use the products of the company that he/she heads? I am trying to put it in a business perspective for you - I think you are big on thinking the schools are a business, right?
And I always find it facinating that people love to provide stats and examples on how things are wrong with everything, but no one ever offers solutions on how to fix things. So, how would you solve the problem of the 2000+ kids you claim are being left behind? Its funny you site state statistics for everything, yet that is the same state educational system and standards that you would like to abolish or change, isn't it?
As to solutions, elect people that hold education accountable, OH we did that, thank you for pointing this out. Good for us!