Well, the folks over at the Washington Policy Center don't think so. And that's fine. But man, do they swing waaay too far over the line in their assessment of the current state of public schools. To wit:
Asking your state legislator for a so-called Park Savings Account makes perfect sense if the following conditions exist
- The law says your child must spend at least six hours every weekday at a public park.Well, sure the first one doesn't line up perfectly but that really wasn't the point.
- The park she must attend is assigned by local officials, based on your zip code.
- The park in your zip-code is rat-infested, overgrown, unmaintained and generally neglected.
- The staff at the park is ineffective and can’t be fired.
- The Parks Union controls the Parks Management Board, and uses politics to block any real improvements.
- Staff membership in the Parks Union is mandatory and funded by tax money taken from staff paychecks.
Schools are "rat-infested and overgrown and neglected?" I myself have many complaints about buildings in SPS and their maintenance but I would in no way categorize them as WPC does. Ever. I'd invite WPC's Liv Finne to stop in any schools in SPS and see.
About the staff, well, I guess the WPD can't be bothered to read the principals agreement or the teachers contract because yes, they can be fired.
The union controls the School Board? They wish. As for politics, c'mon, everyone does that. Some of them front their politics by using kids as shields (like charter schools) but yes, it's all political at this point. That's why it's so sad. It used to be about trying to figure out great education for kids, not providing many poor to mediocre choices and being all excited about "choice."
As for the last point, it's one of the requirements to have a union. It's kind of like Paul Ryan trying to diss ACA by saying that it's healthier people paying for sicker people. Yes, that's called insurance and that's how it works. For driving, too.