One of my favorite records, yes, an album-vinyl-turntable, is one called “The Great Society Affair.” It’s a spoof of the Luci Baines Johnson wedding to Patrick Nugent. Kids, ask your parents. One of the lines in the skit I love the most is, “First, the Stingray, then the Conversion and now this.” Luci was a rebel at the time. She drove a sports car, converted to Catholicism and then married a regular guy in a White House wedding that didn’t last.
That’s the way we feel about this Cherokee County school situation. After problems in Dougherty County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Clayton County Schools, Atlanta Public Schoos, most of us are starting to wonder, “What gives?”
Too much institutional money has been thrown at public education. It’s big money but most school board positions are considered “entry level” political positions. They are not.
There are many questions that need answered in the Cherokee County case, the circus that is the meetings and accusations that have been hurled have given cover to the real problem. Overspending by the system. Simply put, spending more than they take in.
Let’s get the personalities out of it and get back to doing the best work we can for the students involved. If you are in one of the school systems listed above or from some other school system where you have no competition in school board elections or way too much involvement by the administration of the school system in who runs for school board, then get back to work to put your school system back on track. We’ve named 5 or so school systems here, but these are state and nationwide problems.
Most states spend the biggest chuck of their budgets on education, let’s make it count.
School choice is the answer. There ought to be competition within public, private, parochial, charter and online schools.
Jim Galloway, The Political Insider, has done the best job of covering the “events” in Cherokee County. Here’s the most recent story.