Here’s an excellent op-ed by David Brooks. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/opinion/11brooks.html?emc=eta1
So long as our huge entitlement programs are untouchable, we cannot fix the budget and we will lose our freedoms. That’s just the way it is.
As I read it, I realize again that the ONLYentitlement program in our schools is special education. In developing budgets and planning education programs for all students, schools lose freedom and have to work around this entitlement. It takes up some 20-40% of school budgets, is unpredictable from year to year, etc., etc. etc. If we want to reform public education, we must tackle and reform this entitlement program. Without such reform, no true reform of public education is possible. That’s just the way it is.