Howard Maniloff: Trickle down, up

March 11, 2013 

Trickle down, up

The Republicans’ push to reassign power over school construction from local school boards to county commissioners will not benefit children, but could help incumbent county commissioners retain office by allowing them to decide which landowners, architects, engineers and contractors get the millions routinely necessary for school construction.

Some of these lucky folks, being civic-minded, might even want to donate to a politician’s election campaign. Imagine that!

While county commissioners are astute politicians, they might not be the best experts about what makes for safe, effective school buildings.

Howard Maniloff

Chapel Hill

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