Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A Message, Thrice Sent

As many of you know, my wife and I live in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Yesterday was the third vote for a property tax increase to pay for "hiring more teachers, librarians, aides and a guidance counselor. The district also hoped to restore and expand academic programs, improve transportation and restore junior-high athletics."

The Star Tribune has an article today about the vote. For the third consecutive time, the property tax increase was rejected--though this time by only one hundred votes. The first vote was in September, then November, and again yesterday.

Finally it seems that the message has been received, after the voters sent it to them three times. Pragmatically, the tax increase is long overdue. But I firmly believe that the school system does not require as much money as we are told it does. As long as there is too much waste and mismanagement in the system, I will never vote to increase my taxes to pay for public schools.

Our educators have enough money the way it is. Money is not the solution to the problem. Per pupil spending has more than tripled since 1965, yet all this money has done nothing to improve our educational system.

School districts, legislators, and teacher unions will never learn how to utilize their budgets as long as they are ever expanding.

Coincidentally, my alma mater passed their property tax increase yesterday, according to the same Star Tribune article.

1 comment:

Mike said...

I agree, more money won't fix anything. If it would, I'd gladly take it from other "entitlement" programs so our nation would be better off in the long run.

Here's why I almost always vote against tax increases for education: there's usually no guarantee that the money will go to the schools. If they get an extra $X million from the tax increase, that doesn't necessarily mean an $X million increase in money to the school. It just means less money comes in from the city/county/state than was before, which frees that money up to go to other programs. Casino funding is the same thing. In one door, out the other, you might say.

The problem with schools (in my opinion) is that they start with a secular humanist religious worldview, and they "teach" their students this same belief system. It's a flawed belief system, which leads to flawed adherants to it.

You want good schools? Let the Christians run them. Or, let people choose where their money is going by letting them send their kids to a private school with the same money that would have gone into the public school system. I guarantee the competition would eliminate waste and inefficiency, especially if the public schools had to earn students in order to earn the funding that comes with them.