The difference between Democrats and Republicans is … well, there really isn’t one. Unless you count the level of lunacy, that is. You see, Democrats tend to act like Democrats and Republicans act like Republicans only until they get elected, at which time they immediately start to act like Democrats.
They say they want less government, but what that really mean is they want less government as long as the other guys are in charge. And it trickles right down to the fine folks who pull a GOP ballot, because they also love to shriek “less government” until they’re the ones asked to make the sacrifice.
Though I’m sure you’ll give it your best shot, please don’t tell me I don’t know where the Republicans are, because the Mill Creek subdivision is absolutely rife with ‘em. Why, you can’t swing a dead cat out there without smacking a card-carrying member of the GOP right upside the head.
So I had to laugh what’s left of my shrinking middle-aged butt clean off when I read about the plaintive pleas to the School Board . With utterly solemn and completely straight faces, those parents said the only possible and plausible answer to the kindergarten enrollment bubble at is to hire more teacher(s).
Apparently, they’re imitating their hero, 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren, who also wants to have his cake and eat it, too. Despite slamming presidential spending at every possible press release turn, he wants to keep the obsolete Fermilab facility open with your money because, well, it’s in his district and those people vote!
When eminently reasonable School Board member Matt Henry suggested that busing some Mill Creek kindergarten students to Fabyan Elementary might be a “no-brainer” because of the proximity of the school, you’d a thunk he’d just proposed a Geneva variation of the Hunger Games to thin out the pre-K herd.
One Mill Creek parent implored the board thusly; “No matter what the enrollment issue is, a single family should not be segregated from their immediate neighbors.” Others nearly wept as they described how their children would be scarred for life if they were separated from their friends as that yellow bus pulled away from the corner stop.
You’d think that District 304 was busing them into CPS inner city schools. “Segregated!?” Really? Where’s Martin Luther King when you really need him? I’m surprised they didn’t break into a chorus of We Shall Overcome right there in the middle of the board meeting.
For goodness sake people—get a grip. Fabyan Elementary is a just a mile away.
While I will stipulate that this busing scenario, when compounded by the real prospect of new 2013 school boundaries, means that some young charges might have to make three transitions in three years, adding new teachers’ salaries—at time when taxpayers are being forced out of their homes—is far more unconscionable.
God bless the School Board for seeing that!
And get another grip, people! These are kindergarteners and first-graders. They still enjoy school, they’re eminently adaptable, and they make friends even faster than most Republicans make enemies. They’ll do just fine, no matter what happens.
Pressed to make a quick ruling, the board members thankfully stood their ground, declaring that they’d like to see the enrollment numbers, determine the actual busing cost, and consider other alternatives to adding staff before making a decision.
“We have to be able to speak to the cost,” board member Bill Wilson said, “If it’s moving from Fabyan to Mill Creek, what is that plan going to look like? We need to have a couple plans in place and be able to tell people this is what’s going to happen.”
The School Board also agreed to take a serious look at the redistricting option as the ultimate solution to this elementary-school enrollment bubble.
One Mill Creek parent added, “I realize there is a budget, and that the state is not helpful. (But) any rational taxpayer would applaud that third section at Mill Creek.”
No! Any rational taxpayer would applaud Matt Henry’s all-too-obvious answer. To force District 304 taxpayers to foot the bill for unnecessary new teachers at one or two schools would be just another form of—you got it—welfare and, yes, socialism!
C’mon! Here’s a real opportunity to work together for the benefit of all District 304 taxpayers and make it reasonably palatable to everyone, but no! That GOP motto, “There is no sacrifice too small that we can’t whine about it,” has to rear its ugly head, even if it means, gasp, acting just like Democrats!
And if we can’t look past our own self-interest on something this simple, in this vastly small town, then God help us.