Spending Flexibility for Districts
Essentially, they want to be able to do what we keep demanding that all of government do but that several state laws prohibit schools from doing — fund the very most essential programs, in the most efficient way possible, and do away with anything that can be done away with.
This would make sense even if its only benefit were to keep teachers in the classrooms. But that’s not the only benefit: It gives schools an opportunity to demonstrate what they would do — under the most extreme of circumstances — if they were freed permanently from some of the mandates. If they handle this freedom responsibly, then there will be no excuse for not granting them permanent flexibility. If they do not, we’ll have some idea of what type of flexibility is warranted, and what isn’t. This experiment might even point us to additional flexibility measures no one had considered.
Wednesday morning the bill still looked like it might stall, as some advocates are arguing with other lawmakers (who claimed to support the bill but) who had begun to load the bill down with specific carve-outs and mandates in the form of amendments. But by midday the bill had finally left the house.
Minimally Adequate Political Ploy
Despite $360 million in state budget cuts for K-12 education threatening classroom teacher jobs, the rank-and-file public school teachers are still being manipulated by administrators, bureaucrats, consultants, politicians, unions and other special interests who profit like parasites from public spending on K-12 education. Continue reading