We can quibble over projected growth, or lack thereof, in our school system, but in all likelihood the number of students the county educates will continue to increase. Our students, however many there are, deserve an education in state-of-the-art facilities by trained teachers who are justly compensated.
It is disingenuous to pretend we shouldn’t support this school bond issue because families are increasingly attracted to charter schools and vouchers. Permitting our education infrastructure to deteriorate, alienating public school educators and overcrowding our classrooms do not amount to sound public policy.
These are, however, effective ways to promote the notion that public schools are obsolete and unsustainable: Starve the schools of funding and then point to dwindling enrollment as proof that they don’t need to be funded anyway because parents preferred other options to begin with.
Private schools and charter schools surely have their place within our educational system, but not at the expense of traditional public schools, superior and available to all. Passage of this bond issue indicates that, as a county, we value our public schools and want to keep them viable and competitive for years to come.
Laura Pearlman Goulian