Consider unified district

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“Township schools must receive reform, too,” by Marshawn Wolley.

“Let’s talk about teacher pay,” by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.

“Get serious about funding public schools,” by Glenda Ritz.

All printed in IBJ’s Feb. 8 issue of Forefront. So much talk and where does it end?

Many expenses are duplicated in nine townships school systems on buildings, maintenance and transportation. Is there “top heavy” administration? Are there schools being built when there is an unused school just across the township line? Are there school buildings demolished or abandoned due to township lines? How are we using our facilities? How are [we] spending our taxpayers money and who decides?

School board members are elected, but who are these people? They tend to get on the boards and stay unchallenged, passing referendums for their specific little corner of Indianapolis.

You would think all these years since Uni-Gov that we should have finally gotten around to one public school system, not nine. Every student needs to be instructed by well-paid teachers and given the same benefits, no matter the township. Where does the buck stop? Maybe at the mayor’s door?

There is no longer a place for old hidden agendas that prohibited a consolidated school system. It is time to explore the virtues of a new Indianapolis city wide school system. It is time for Indianapolis to grow up.

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Kathy Andry

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