Many parents and taxpayers feel the problem is overwhelming for one person and there is nothing they can do. There are several things individuals can do to make a difference.
•Look at all of your schooling options.
•Get to know your teacher.
•Find out: Does your child attend a student-focused school?
oIs the staff more worried about pay and benefits than putting your kids first?
•If your neighborhood school is ineffective, demand options from community and elected leaders.
•Know your school board.
oWho did the union endorse in the last election?
oAre they calling for tax increases or spending reform?
oIf you're a taxpayer, parent or Tea Party group, interview candidates and hold them accountable.
oIf you don't like what's happening, run for the school board. Contact American Majority for training. (link to americanmajority.org)
•Look into how your public school is spending YOUR money. It's not their money - it's your money.
•Demand to know what is going on in contract negotiations.
•Give parents options.
oEmpower parents so they can escape failing schools.
oConsider a Parent Trigger law, as California's Parent Revolutiondid.
oStand with U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in believing that students trapped in failing schools should be rescued immediately, by any means necessary, and not wait for bureaucrats to tinker with the system.
oPost financial data on your website.
oBe forthcoming about teacher effectiveness.
•Reform/Eliminate tenure and "last hired/first fired" policies.
•End the conflict of interest and money-making schemes by organized labor that are distractions and create unnecessary fights in our communities.
We must each do what we can to fix the education system. Clearly those involved can’t be trusted to do it or they would have by now.