SpringBoard fight continues
Improving public education is one of the most politically charged issues of our time. It is also one of the most difficult things to track and debate without starting a fight.
Nevadans decided in the 1960s to start paying for schools in a way that ensured that even the state’s smallest districts would receive enough money to operate.
That plan also brought at least some control over local school issues to the state level. In more recent years, the federal government has also eroded local control over the schools.
Centralization of what was once purely a local issue has brought both benefits and difficulties to Douglas County.
Centralization is also a theme of the SpringBoard curriculum, which is still a controversial topic in Douglas County.
While seen as undermining individual control over curriculum that was exercised by some of the best teachers in the county, it has also been said that it improves the control by those teachers who might not have been quite so passionate.
Therein lies the issue with centralizing: While it limits the ability to maneuver for those who would create a better path, it also sets a path for those who would otherwise stray.
As teachers who are passionate about what they do adopt SpringBoard, they will make modifications. At least some of those modifications will make the program better, perhaps at some point, even tolerable to its greatest critics.
We’ve always believed that the key to education is local control. People who are paying for education are the ones who should get a say in how it works. That’s why we elect a school board.