Hmm...wonder why this isn't being shown in the LOCAL media coverage?
Let's just fire all the teachers, abolish the entire Dept of Education (wow, what a savings that will be!) and return just 50% of the money saved to parents who have school-aged children in the form of a tax rebate. They can homeschool their own kids or send them to private school. The other 50% should go towards the debt, sigh.
Our government has already shipped our higher-paying jobs overseas. There is no point educating kids with Trigonometry and Civics when there is no need for such skills. Will we get a generation of even more illiterate goons? Yup. But those kids who are already dipping their toes into that lake in school can just do it from their parents' house or on the street.
We might start building more jails. Just saying.
Unfortunately for the children, there is no money to pay qualified teachers. Nor is there any money to incentivize teachers. It used to be that people who were teachers did so because they had some higher calling, or just really liked teaching. Now its practically mercenary. Our values have been diluted and so goes the nation. Here in Wisconsin, like many other places, lazy, incompetent teachers have dragged down the quality of the public education our children receive. Their unions have 'saved' their jobs at the cost of the quality of the education the children receive. This has also set up an antagonistic relationship between most administrators and the teachers. I am not against teachers and education of course, but the rare qualities of prudence and practicality must be observed. Home schooling at some level might indeed be part of the answer, if both parents didn't have to work to pay ever-increasing bills (the insidious nature of inflation) and those parents actually valued the time spent with their children. Bottom line - we cannot afford to trust the government to do most anything.