Reduce the Inefficient Administrative Structure
The current platform is top heavy. It is like an elephant on a toothpick bridge – Too much superstructure is resting upon emaciated local districts. Shrink the beast.
Problems . . .
a. We are in danger of having authoritarians who disregard parental powers, use their influence to push dangerous political ideals, and spend to empower the beauracracy instead of the teachers.
b. There is no autonomous or fresh vision for real change. The reliance on supposed “de facto” secular models has failed. Socialistic progressive thought has failed our students.
c. Decades of reliance upon Washington D.C., party politics and ultimately UNESCO have installed utopian ideals that are neither academic nor practical.
And Solutions . . .
*Start by changing the board and superintendent structure. Cut the boards terms of service in half (from eight years to four), limit the superintendent’s budget and powers (less money to stay in Lansing), then increase the accountability towards the public (detailed annual reporting).
*Next, do away with large portions of Department of Education. Antiquated ideals of tenure are creating cronyism and laziness. Union mandated work environments, benefits, and artificial quotas are draining the budget.
*Finally, reinforce the authority, autonomy and responsibility of local districts. Many competing leaders and visions will raise the best policies and people to the top. Student success depends upon it.