From Jackie: How can the city and community grow with a failing public school system baffles me.
Who says the city is growing? The population went from 332,848 in 1990 to 286,038 in 2011 a drop of 46,810.
From Shorty'sMom: The Ohio Supreme Court declared our system of school funding unconstitutional umpteen years ago, yet the legislature has failed to act. Why?
Maggie Thurber could answer that one better than I, but finishing in second place is not going to slow me down.
The short answers are:
Reelection. Screwing around with a system that employs a whole lot of union workers who vote the way the union tells them to is a good way to start packing up your nice, cushy office. One hand washes the senator, the other hand provides a happy ending. You figure out which hand is which.
Priorities. Or more bluntly, because no one is forcing them to do so. So the Ohio Supreme Court voted. So what? How many legislators went to jail for ignoring the dictates of the OSSC? None. If the Court in all its majesty wanted the situation changed, I suppose they might hold the legislators in contempt of court.
From Shorty'sMom: Voting down school levies is myopic and idiotic. Kicking a dead horse isn't going to solve anything.
That horse ain't dead, Virginia. He just won't hunt.
Look. Suppose your car broke down and suppose you take it to the local mega-chain car repair franchise to get it fixed. You pay your bill, you get your car back but it breaks down again. So you take it back, and you spend more money fixing it. New parts, different problems, this thing, that thing, every other thing goes wrong. It keeps breaking down, you keep spending money to fix it.
Your neighbor doesn't have this problem, but then he takes his car to some real expensive place. His car always starts right up, and on the rare occasion it didn't start right up the real expensive place got seventeen mechanics, three factory representatives and an engineer on the job and the car got fixed. It runs. It's a happy car. So's the owner.
So you'd like to take your car to the real expensive place and get it fixed, but it seems that there's a new law that says you can't do that without paying a bunch of money to the old place (called a fairness tax), and since you can't afford that you'll just have to live with it.
Just how long are you going to keep this up until you finally go right around the bend into Crazy Town and the local SWAT team has to dig you out of a bell tower? Anonymous_Coward and the anti-freedom crew will be thrilled to death, so I guess there's some good in everything.
Getting back to children and education, check the situation in Memphis, TN. The school system had money but was failing. Anyone living in Memphis who had a job, any job, caught the first thing smoking and bailed into the suburbs. This was called the Great White Flight. Now there's no tax bread (since the white bread left) and the school system went from bad to worse to so bad the commercial news media won't cover it. The school board abdicated.
A few people have been beating on a drum and demanding the school system educate their little darlings, and the results have been less than completely spectacular. But the school system wants more money. Maybe this time the voters will finally take a stand and just say no.