Breaking the Cycle of Expensive Education and Poor Economic Development
The news hook was local, so I posted it over on the Tiverton Citizens for change Web site, but the topic applies to the whole state, so here’s the upshot:
… if our investment in education — and let’s put aside Rhode Island’s and Tiverton’s questionable results — leads to policies that drive up the cost of living in the state and the difficulty of doing business, here, it can only be self-defeating. In the first stages of pulling Rhode Island out of the dry well into which it’s fallen, our attitude about businesses’ importing workers has to be, “so what,” followed by, “let’s do better from here forward. An active economy will provide the revenue to invest in education without making a disincentive of our town and state cost structures. Moreover, an influx of success-oriented (non-public-sector) residents, many of whom will bring families with them, can only improve voter input to better shape our school system.
Claiming that our inflated costs for education — secondary and above — is a matter of economic development is a union-approved cop-out, and it will remain so until Rhode Island has excess jobs looking for workers… or at least until it’s clear that business want to set up shop here but note the lack of skilled employees to be a lone hindrance.