"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
I just watched Arizona "governor" Katie Hobbs explain her position on school choice in the context of her parents choosing to send her to a Catholic School. She basically said that it was her parents' decision but she kept begging them to put her in public schools. Yes, we have to keep those teachers' unions happy, don't we?
Up in Seattle, it is the public schools that are begging the parents to return their kids to school. This is the story:
Washington state's biggest school district is considering shuttering some schools and laying off staff in the near future as enrollment rates continue to drop following the pandemic.
Seattle Public Schools officials floated the idea of "consolidating" schools during a workshop reported on by The Seattle Times. Funding for most school districts is tied to the number of students, so declines in enrollment will likely contribute to budget shortfalls.
The city's school system has lost more than 3,500 students since the pandemic and expects to lose another 3,000 by the 2025-2026 school year, according to data from the district. If that happens, it will mark a 12.5% decrease in enrollment over six years.
So what's going on? My guess is that a lot of parents are saying "no more." The school district is looking for answers. In this case, many of the kids are home schooling, or going to private schools, or just getting the heck out of Seattle.