I spent some time down at The Allen County Election Board yesterday and I have been researching some of the decisions my School District has made recently. I have decided that I will run for Northwest Allen County School Board in 2006. I cannot file the paperwork to run until January of 2006; but, I have just started planning for the campaign.
My daughter will start Kindergarten in the fall of 2006 at Northwest Allen County Schools. My wife and I plan on living in the house we are currently living in for at least 20 more years and my children (Kayla is currently 4 and Graydon is almost 3) will be attending Northwest Allen County Schools K-12. I am concerned with the direction the school system is going and I have decided to run for School Board.
Earlier this year the School District decided to raise our property taxes by 14% in one year to pay for school expansion. They increased taxes in an area that is rapidly growing and has a rapidly growing tax base. The scary thing is the fact that they stated that "Property Tax payers can expect future increases similar to this in future years."
What an appalling decision. Our schools need to educate our children and our Public School system is in need of change. Spending more money is NOT the answer.
According to The Indiana Department of Education itself, Indiana is now spending MORE then twice as much per child per year (Adjusted for inflation) as we did in 1981. It was almost exactly double last year, it is still going up. There seems to be no end in sight. Our property taxes keep SKYROCKETING and we hear "It is for the children."
That is just not true. As we spend more money the quality of our education has declined. My children are better served if my property taxes are lower so that I can spend more money on my children, not so that the schools can turn around and spend my money for me.
Since 1981 our schools have NOT improved, they have gotten worse. This is proved by every educational statistic I could find that is put out by the government. Every single statistic says that our schools have degraded since 1981...
The only logical conclusion I think people can draw is that spending more money is not the answer; unfortunately, this is NOT the conclusion that Northwest Allen County Schools has drawn.
There are several points that I will run for Northwest Allen County School Board on:
1. Property Taxes should only be increased to compensate for inflation.
2. Respect and Personal Responsibility are what we need in our school system.
We need to change the system so that the following groups of people are held
accountable for our school system:
a. The students themselves have to have some responsibility for their actions.
b. The parents must have some responsibility for their children's performance.
c. The teachers must have some responsibility for their students performance.
d. The school administration must have some responsibility for the overall
performance of their schools.
All of these points are common sense; unfortunately, these actions have not been
3. We need to look for ways to cut the costs of our educational system in the
Northwest Allen County Schools. We need to audit our books and look at ways we
can save money. The costs of education are too high and need to be reduced.
4. We need to show compassion for property owners and ensure that they are living
in a district with a high quality school system AND that they are paying a
reasonable amount in property taxes; currently, we are paying far more then we
should be in property taxes.
5. We need to ensure that The School Board audits the Schools books and controls
The people I really feel sorry for are those people (And there are a lot of them in this school district) who feel that their children can be better educated by private schools or home schooled. These parents pay for the public system and they pay for the private system.