Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Boo, and this time we mean it....

A little over a year ago I made this observation about how the government likes to threaten the elimination of essential services when faced with revenue shortfalls, sort of a backdoor way of telling us to shut-up and pay our taxes.

Well, it's not just a threat. The Anderson School Corporation has opted to keep their incredibly expensive to operate Wigwam open, and balance the budget by closing four schools and reportedly eliminating 38 teaching positions. Now, maybe in the face of declining enrollment, they had too many teachers and too many schools. But if it's really about saving money like the school board claims, and if education is really the top priority, I think they're trimming the wrong tree.

It's a lot like a city closing a fire station and partially closing a police station while keeping a golf course open. Different funds, same taxpayers. Not to say that there isn't room for some streamlining in our police and fire protection.

But I'm not sure that's where we want to start.

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Blogger Robert said...

Rex - as usual, you've hit it spot on.

10:33 PM  

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