Regarding numerous recent Forefront columns about school funding and teacher pay, there’s so much talk. Where does it end?
I want to suggest that it is time for Indianapolis to grow up. Many expenses are duplicated in nine township school systems. 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 being 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 get on boards and stay unchallenged, passing referendums for their specific little corner of Indianapolis. They say, “it is for the children,” and by the time big expenses are voted on it’s a done deal.
You would think all these years since Unigov 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 citywide school system. It is time for Indianapolis to grow up.