Regarding “Colo. Voters reject tax plan to fund schools” (Associated Press news story, Nov. 2): Colorado citizens, following the lead of taxpayers nationwide, struck a blow to out-of-control, money-crazed educators. They had had enough! Cut back on frivolous classes, stick to core subjects and get rid of incompetent teachers. A good start would be to wrest control from the unions who have clearly demonstrated for decades that their interests are more important than the students.
If results were tied to funding, students who have graduated from Washington, D.C., public schools would all become doctors, engineers and professionals of all stripes. The unions in D.C. fought vehemently the efforts by Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who was unquestionably qualified to make the necessary changes. They got rid of her. Never mind the children; they placed their interests above them. And they will every time in every state.
Let's hope Oklahoma's legislators are paying attention. For too long our legislators have been excessively influenced by unions with deep pockets. Our children have also suffered at the hands of school administrations unwilling to weed out incompetent teachers and demand real improvement.
School vouchers for private schools are the solution to our education problem.
David Harding, Moore