District of Columbia public schools spend $25,000 per student. Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy wonders where the money is going. At a D.C. council meeting on school reform, students made requests.
Among the things that they wanted to see in every public school: “books when school starts,” “heat in winter,” “air conditioning in summer,” “healthy meals,” “water fountains that work,” “music and art classes,” “counselors who are able to help us” and “teachers who care about their students and can teach.”
Sometimes money is allocated but isn’t spent.
Boilers are breaking, roofs are leaking, ceilings are falling down — and somebody’s butt is blocking $200 million of taxpayer money earmarked for school repair. Kick the butt, get the money and fix the schools. It’s not rocket science; it’s plumbing, wiring and roofing.
If the school system can’t get its act in gear, then give the $25,000 to the students, Milloy writes. Let them hire tutors or enroll in private school.
Actually, there’s a word for that: “vouchers.”