Speak Out: The cost of public education
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Re “Anniston City Council approves $180K for preschool classes” (News article, Oct. 22):

When those of the progressive persuasion push for the doing away of grades and any kind of accountability, how does anyone get the education system to really prepare kids for the real world?

Even though teachers haven’t gotten much in the way of a pay raise and they have been asked to contribute more to their benefits package, they have been insulated from what the private sector has dealt with. Given The Star’s complete opposition to the Alabama Accountability Act, where failing systems can be abandoned for those that actually get the job done — if as I suspect that The Star’s first push is for more money — I ask, why?

In any other circumstance except for government, The Star would call for the heads of those who continue to fail the kids. Why pay for a job that’s not done? And if you look at the success of the private schools when viewed as to the amount of money spent on the kids on a per-pupil cost, the private schools do much better for thousands less per pupil than the state.

The Star has always given a blind eye toward anything the government does — if it is a progressive, Democratic administration — and called for more tax money that’s spent without wisdom. Do us all a huge favor and call for real accountability from the government’s teachers. It’s worth noting that since the inception of the Department of Education that, despite the trillions spent, the college entrance-exam scores haven’t increased. Is money the real issue? I think not.

David Duncan
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