by Al Benson Jr.
Over the years, as most who read my stuff will testify, I have followed what goes on in the vaunted, so-called "halls of education" in this country, particularly when those halls are located in public school buildings. Some pretty far-out things have happened in this country in the name of public education, but what I am about to comment on here may be the most expensive.
I came across a blog spot called Newsalert http://nalert.blogspot.rs just yesterday that had an article on it datelined May 25, 2017. The headline asked this question: "Why Does the Chicago Public School System have $9 Billion Dept With Only 381,000 Students?" When I first read it I couldn't believe I hadn't misread it. I thought it should have been $9 million, so I went back and reread it. It was $9 billion. Simply amazing! The article started off: "Chicago public schools will look to borrow $900 million in the coming weeks adding to the district's $9 billion dept--but it remains unclear if anyone will actually give them all the money The loans are $500 million more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced last week when a financial rescue plan was outlined....District officials told board members Wednesday that the district would likely 'just run out of money' if it didn't take out these loans."
It almost seems unreal. How does a public school district get $9 billion in debt? Where does the money go? Who ends up with it? What does it get used for? I realize you have to spend quite a chunk on teachers' salaries, especially in Chicago, where it seems that some school superintendents earn almost as much a congressmen and you have to have lots of books, paper and pencils, (and probably now, computers) for over 300,000 kids, but, $9 billion dollars worth?
And who, in the end, will pay for all this? Why the lucky Chicago taxpayers of course. It will be their "privilege" to get stuck with the tab for all this, plus interest. But they should feel lucky to get to do this. After all, its all for "quality education" for the kiddies, right? Anyone who thinks that public schools are not the biggest rat hole you ever poured your money into just hasn't been paying attention for the last 150 years.
Several years ago I published a little booklet called The Unitarian/Socialist Foundations of Public Education in which I showed that anti-Christ Unitarians and anti-Christ socialists provided the basic foundations for what we refer to as "the public schools." They are not public. They are really government schools and they provide (for a hefty price) government-approved propaganda for your kids. Those parents who woke up and saw the light years ago took their kids out of public schools and either put them in private and Christian schools or they home schooled them. Unfortunately, these good folks still have to pay the lion's share of their property taxes (another bad institution) to pay for kids to be propagandized in public schools.
But parents need to start learning to think outside the box. The public schools are not your only option in most cases. The school situation in Chicago is one glaring example of the cost of "public education" in America. The unseen costs are measured in the effects of those schools on the souls of your children and on your culture, and in most cases, those effects only show up later.