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User Info State-Level Corruption And Theft; entered at 2017-09-10 14:28:11
Posts: 27
Registered: 2017-04-29 DeKalb, Illinois
The primary beneficiaries of the public school system are the parents, who get heavily subsidized daycare for their offspring. They also get sports events to attend. Some years ago, the Rockford high school teachers were threatening to strike. The local paper, the Register Star, had an unscientific poll for public sentiment. Most of the parents would not be upset, since they would not have to stay home from work to baby sit their own kids, and would only object if the strike affected sports events or the Prom.

Educations are highly portable, and it does not make sense to burden local homeowners and businesses to pay for it since most people leave their home towns to get higher education, and then to grow and prosper somewhere else. I have worked in a number of smaller rural communities, and very few of the high school graduates ever move back. So, since the parents get most of the benefits, the fairest way to fund public education would be to charge a fair amount of tuition to them. Parents who want a much better education for their kids, pay tuition to private or parochial schools in addition to onerous property taxes. Parents who want an even better education for their youngsters have to home school them, and pay for the materials, in addition to onerous property taxes.

In my local district, the teachers and administration desperately wanted a suburban class high school, and lied enough to hoodwink enough voters to pass a referendum. Since then, the plummeting enrollment at the local university has forced landlords to cater to the Section 8 market, largely urban underclass in composition. This is reflected in the enrollment in the local public schools, which are increasingly looking rather ghettoish. Last we heard, there were about 60 different street gangs calling Our Fair City home.

The referendum effort claimed that the new school was needed because of greatly increased building permit applications at city hall. This has stopped, and people with high end houses here in town are finding it very difficult to sell due to the declining schools. Most of the growth in the area are in those municipalities that still can claim decent school systems.

Now the taxes reflecting the bond issue to build the new high school are starting to hit our property tax bills. The state of Illinois gave them about 30 million dollars in a grant, so they could delay the impact. They burned through this money, instead of applying it to pay off some of the bonds, and did so funding sports facilities, and faculty and administrative salaries. We have had trouble even finding out how much money they spent to build it. Despite their demographic growth projections, the district has had to close some grade schools. Since high and more moderate income people are fleeing to nearby towns, and out of state, eventually the school board will find that their tax revenues are not keeping pace with spending. The bonds have priority over other spending, and I look forward to seeing the teachers and administrators take reductions in pay so that the bond payments can be met. I would especially like to be a safe distance away so I can really gloat!
2017-09-10 14:28:11