School Districts Not So Different

Published November 3, 2006

Dear Editor:

Isn’t it a bit disingenuous for schools to criticize TABOR for being “one size fits all”? [“Schools Differ on Tabor,” Nov. 2]? Didn’t public schools pioneer the “one size fits all” approach to service delivery?

While every school district has its own needs to address, union contracts have made just about every school district in Maine, and indeed every district in the country, functionally identical. This is especially the case when it comes to spending habits.

TABOR does not forbid budget increases, it merely adds accountability measures to make sure the increases are justified.


Michael Van Winkle
Chicago, IL

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) manages media relations for The Heartland Institute