This is Progressivism: When Government Makes Bad Decisions, Make Government More Powerful!
- Consolidate and merge school districts to some smaller level (perhaps five districts).
- Eliminate the funding of schools by property taxes and fund them solely through the state.
Two immediate thoughts in response…
- These suggestions are a perfect example of how contemporary liberalism/progressivism views just about everything in terms of government not being powerful and centralized enough. Progressives accept this dogma so uncritically, even after local governments have been forced into a tough position by the bad decisions of a bigger and more remote branch government, the progressives still want to make the remote branch of government more powerful — and make the local branches of government more remote!
- Specifically with regards to the second point, if we did end up funding schools 100% through the state, what arguments would there be against a full-on public choice program, where money is not allocated according to either a funding formula or legislative whims, but according to the choices that parents make about what schools they want to send their kids to?
San Francisco, population 750,000, runs a successful public school choice program. If Rhode Island was reorganzied into one or even five mega school districts, why couldn’t we put something similar together for the population of about 1,000,000 here?