The superior ability of non-government public school systems is clear. The corrections which follow are needed to retain taxpayer support which are also needed to save the government school system.
1.) Correct government-public sector collective bargaining law that denies taxpaying parents authority over unions now powered to dictate teacher employment. This will leverage the citizen’s Hope for America. In 1959, the First public sector collective bargaining law, [was] passed in Wisconsin. This law, now common throughout the nation, has proven to be detrimental. Harry C. Verser, now chair of the economics and finance department of Walsh College, reportedly joked that the union’s ruthless and insatiable drive for power and perquisites should earn the new name: the National Extortion Association. (Quotes, Peter Brimelow and Leslie Spencer, How the National Education Association Corrupts Our Public Schools, Forbes magazine, June 7, 1993, p. 72)
Cited later, California Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu declared that statutes protecting teacher tenure are hurting students’ chances to succeed. Our youth are being held hostage by ignorance that has been imposed upon them.
2.) Professors and lower level government public school teachers should no longer be allowed to control decisions outside the field of expertise. Tyranny is inevitable when the convergence of religious or political monopoly destroys the academic freedom of other departments. When there is a violation of First Amendment law, the consequences can be devastating. In other words, a religious studies department or political science department should not be allowed to dictate or enforce curriculum changes in other fields of education, or dictate and enforce student memorial union policies.
3.) Qualified teachers deserve good salaries. Establish a non-partisan system to advance teachers’ salaries based upon comparable services provided by similar organizations for employee group benefits, insurance options, etc.
4.) Restore the citizen sovereignty and authority of taxpaying parents by empowering them to access education tax dollars to cover tuition costs for non-government schools, public or private, that honor their family values.
5.) Establish conspiracy laws, which subject proven actionable proceedings by individuals to subvert the Federal government application of First Amendment and Tenth Amendment protections against tyranny of the mind. Such is a crime against citizen sovereignty and local control—the states being considered local entities. This does not, of course, prevent federal prosecution of crimes such as racial injustice, civil rights violations, bodily harm, murder, fraud, and violations of property ownership, etc. Establishment of federal government tyranny of the mind is treacherous, because the central government is too far removed from the people whom they control. On the other side of the issue, the state’s right, for instance, to permit access to the Ten Commandments in their schools and courthouses, should be clearly protected.
6.) Get more voters out to School Board elections. A study for the 1981 Iowa legislature led to a survey of Iowa County Auditors who serve as elections officers. The survey proposed that the date of school board elections be changed to occur at the same time of the general elections that have many times more participants. Just short of 90% of County officials returned the survey and they were unanimous in support of combining the elections. The survey results showed that in approximately 26% of school districts, the number of people voting was less than the number of employees of the districts and their spouses. That was not true, for instance, in the Story County school districts.
The sponsors of Senate File 118, for combining the elections, included Senators with school board experience. It was assigned to the Senate’s Subcommittee on Education on January 22, 1981 and killed there. The proposal was supported by the Des Moines Blacks’ political organization. The argument used to kill the proposed law was the difficulty of servicing the school districts, whose boundaries are different from local general election districts. The county elections officers who returned the survey were unanimous in support of the idea and, presumably, they did not mind preparing ballots for districts with differing boundaries.
7.) Encourage the establishment of neighborhood study groups that dig out the facts. These groups could do well to monitor the way local and state legislators and school board members have been voting on the above and share their observations. Wisdom is knowing what to do, virtue is doing it.