Security escorted a number of people out of recent Wichita Board of Education meetings, during discussions of changing school boundaries and closing five schools. Those meetings were ugly at times.
But where were the people ultimately responsible for the school district’s revenue shortfall? Where were the governor and the state lawmakers?
In 2008 Wichita voters passed a bond issue that remodeled all schools and built five new ones. Then state lawmakers cut revenue to school districts. U-S-D 259 found itself with a 30 million-dollar shortfall.
What would have happened if the school board simply raised property taxes to pay for that shortfall? You would have had an entirely different group of people at board meetings, screaming bloody murder.
I’m a bit puzzled by the intensity of the emotion, as parents objected to changes that will affect their children. Life goes on. The kids will be fine.
Meanwhile, we saw real democracy in action. Too bad our Kansas legislators missed the show they helped to instigate.
Our thought for today is from Laurence J. Peter:
“Speak when you are angry … and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”