Bill destroys local control
I want to express my utter disappointment in the attempt by the state government to railroad through this session H.883, that in true essence takes away local control, and therefore democratic power, from voters. Taking away local control from towns and pitting larger towns against smaller towns in regard to funding public education is a decision that should not be taken lightly, quickly, nor at the end of one legislative session without fully informing and vetting the concept with the citizens of this state.
It is clear to me that a primary objective of this bill is to design a way to ultimately close small schools (a simple way to save money) and therefore make the administration of education simpler for those who are the furthest away from the actual work. The objectives touted by the proponents of this bill are not backed up with evidence that convinces me otherwise. My representative stated clearly that this bill is about saving money not equity.
This bill will weaken our educational system by becoming too big to manage well. You can be sure costs will go up as more middle management staff are hired. It will weaken the involvement of the community because their vote will be less strong and they will participate less. It will weaken parental involvement in education because many parents will be even further away from their child’s school. It will pit town against town for education funding. It will weaken our democracy by the increasingly helpless feelings voters will have because their vote will not count as much as it used to.
I for one will note and remember how my senators and representative vote on this issue when I vote in November using the little bit of local control I have left.