I see once again the county’s school taxes are not meeting required expenditure. The shortfall will be met by increasing pupil-to-teacher ratio. That’s fine, but I have a proposal I believe would be a win for all concerned.
Columbia County is relatively well-to-do. Probably a large number of parents sending their children to government-operated and funded schools could afford to send those children to private schools or home school. Why not give them a nudge in that direction in the form of a stipend? Maybe give $1,000 for each child taken out of the system.
The cost to educate those children is much more than $1,000, so we taxpayers save money. The parents can choose an education for their children suited to the desires of the parents and needs of the children. The employees of the county system get the opportunity to seek employment in the private sector as it grows.