Santa Monica, CA
reply to viper3431
Re: Shut it down
said by viper3431:E-Rate demonstrates exactly why we must keep things at a state or local level. Once such a program is enacted, it never goes away, regardless of how corrupt it is. At the city/county/state level, we have a chance of reversing such tomfoolery, and prosecuting the offenders. At the national level, it is the offenders who write the law, and they protect their own.
Should we handle social security and health care at the local level also? Every student needs an education and it is up to the government to see that they get it with programs that aid based on needs like e-rate does. It truly sounds like the schooling in your area has some major issues and I can see your frustration, but I can assure that it is not that way everywhere. The STL metro area is closing schools instead of building new ones because they cannot afford to keep them all open, and class sizes are growing.
There is nothing wrong with requiring schools to operate on a reasonable budget. $8K per kid is more than enough - private schools do well on half that amount. If that means closing buildings you don't need, so be it. Class size is not particularly relevant - LA has had "small class size" funding for over a decade, but still cranks out 50% dropouts.
Show us schools that allegedly are underfunded, make the budget completely transparent, so we can click open on every single payment made, as our new president promised us, and we'll find ways to make the available funds work. But such decisions should be made in a local context, at the grass-roots level, where folks "on the ground" actually know whats going on, not made by staffers in the beltway 2000 miles away based on testimony from lobbyists.
Homemakers across the nation make such decisions every month, and manage to squeak by. Just because you're a guvmint entity doesn't mean you have the right to infinite funding.
As for social security and healthcare, you're right. We shouldn't "handle" them at the local level. They shouldn't be "handled" at ANY level. By expecting a big nanny government to "handle" these things, they treble in cost and complexity, and only the bureaucrats and party regulars benefit, while the rest of us pay.