The other day the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education unveiled data showing that in 2002 the state paid for 60 percent of the cost of public education in this state and local taxpayers 40 percent. Then, at the end of 10 years in 2011 that had become 54 percent local share and 46 percent state share.
In a “majority rules” nation doesn’t that mean local school boards, heavily burdened in their budgets by piles of state/federal mandates and regulations and decisions made for them, should now be able to tell the minority shareholders to object all they like, flap their lips in frustration but, as far as what gets done in the classrooms, it is what the home taxpayers want that gets priority. If the community is paying most of the bill, it should do what it wants and only what the state wants if there’s any money left over. Just like the political parties divide up the state revenues.
It’s not as though the state can’t become the majority any time it wants, after all. All it has to do is start stuffing the ballot box with dollar bills.
Things sure would be a lot different if the governments were actually run the way that politics is.