Are we really having a conversation, Mitch … er, sorry, I mean Ed? Is it like the “conversation” that 1SI’s Mr. Dalby insists we’ve been having about bridges, or is it some other kind?
‘Round these parts, conversations are starting to mean as much as da baits do.
CLERE: A history lesson to start the summer, by Ed Clere.
… The last day of school is a sad day at five area schools – four in Floyd County and one in Clarksville – that are closing for good. The closings were blamed on a recent cut in K-12 funding by Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has the unenviable task of balancing the state’s books during a deep recession. The governor’s cut may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, but much of what happens in education — and in government in general — is the result of many decisions over many years, and the five school closings were no exception.
That’s why it’s so important for all of us to understand how government works – in this case, how education funding works. In no way am I suggesting that K-12 education is receiving too much funding. In fact, some reforms and initiatives may require additional funding. Others won’t. In any case, the conversation continues.