It’s a sad tale. Parents want a choice so their kids can have a chance. But it’s the board that has the power.
If Kentucky had a charter-school law, the parents who eloquently make their case for choice in this video would be empowered to make the best decisions for their children. It’s becoming more apparent every day: Parents, not board members, bureaucrats, budgets or zip codes, should determine where children are educated.
“I don’t see it coming up again,” Knox Co. board member Sam Watts said after the meeting. “It’s really a business decision, because you’ve seen how much we’re losing, and we don’t know from year to year how much more we’re going to lose. I hate it for the parents who send their kids over (to Corbin), but I feel it’s the best decision for Knox County school system.”
What exactly is the “business” of public education, Sam? Is it not to meet the specific goals involved in adequately preparing our kids for the future? Is it not to meet the needs of those students? Is it not to educate our children? And when are we going to put the best interests of children before that of the system, the money or the special interests?