Because recent population growth in outer, suburban areas of Jefferson County has far outstripped growth in most urban areas, several school board members think it may be time for the district to construct new schools in the suburbs to alleviate potential overcrowding. And that sounds like a good idea to me.
But where are the millions of dollars to build these new schools supposed to come from when public education in Jefferson County is already stretched to the financial limit by the massive expenses resulting from its student assignment plan?
With millions being wasted each year on buses, drivers, gasoline and other expenses to transport kids dozens of miles from their homes each day, there'll never be enough funds left over to build any new schools anywhere – which will guarantee the system ultimately rots from within.
We need new school facilities, and logic tells us they need to be in the suburbs. But yes, we also need to seriously upgrade many schools in the urban core to make them more desirable. And we still need to provide all students the opportunity to attend magnet schools if they wish.
We can do all of this. But until we stop spending millions simply to create an illusion of diversity at the expense of real educational excellence, we'll never be able to afford to. And our kids – all of them – deserve better than that.
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