The Associated School Boards of South Dakota just released a survey of voter attitudes about education in our fair state. Listen up, legislators (especially you, Russ!):
- "Voters polled say a lack of funding and difficulty hiring teachers are the biggest challenges their local school district faces."
- "Those polled are concerned that K-12 education spending, as a percent of the state budget, has decreased in the past decade."
- "South Dakota voters believe K-12 education funding should be increased and that it is important for school districts to have the resources needed to provide an adequate education."
- "A great majority of South Dakotans agree that additional funding will result in a better education for students."
"Oh, but the economy!" Yeah, yeah, quit your whining. Your voters agree education is valuable. They'll pay for that education, if you show the leadership in finding the revenue.
Perhaps we could free up some revenue by opting out of No Child Left Behind. ASBSD's survey also shows folks don't care much for this federal intrusion into locally controlled education. End that bureaucracy and let teachers and principals do their jobs without busybodies from Pierre snooping over their shoulders.