Letter: Local control key to good schools
Monday, February 6, 2012
With all the mailings and comments in the paper about the various school levies coming up, I read with interest, and a bit of disgust, in the Jan. 29 story that “PTA cash tilts schools’ balance.” The one quote that stood out in the story was that of Olga Addae, president of the Seattle teachers union, “My question back is how to address the inequity. If not us collectively, then who?” (emphasis mine).
Then I read Robert Abby’s Jan. 29 letter, “School lunches will improve,” because the president of the United States signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Today, the most corrupt and inefficient body in America, the federal government, threatens (A Jan. 2 story, “Feds: “‘No Child’ waiver requests fall short”) to take more control of our schools via No Child Left Behind.
How in good conscience can a parent cede control of their kids’ education to a leftist teachers’ union and the federal government? What good can come of it?
The next school levy I will vote for will be to replace all federal funding to my school district, giving the schools local and state control. Only then will the other levies make sense and worthy of my support.