Marions United Vice-President Nancy Thrower has a problem with politicians in Tallahassee and Washington imposing unfunded and sometimes unrealistic mandates with no funding to implement them.
This has been a long-running problem for public education, magnified significantly over the last decade by growing anti-public school sentiment among politicians in both capitals. Here's an excerpt from Nancy's op-ed in this morning's Star-Banner:
Top-down policies and unfunded mandates from state and federal legislatures are not working. Local school boards and district staff are being forced to waste tremendous amounts of time trying to figure out how to keep the lights on five days a week.
Imagine how much more productive it could be if schools were free to focus on Job One â educating and then graduating functional contributing residents?
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