As a public school parent in a local school district I found Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Bruce Stahly’s comments in the June 5 edition of The Goshen News unhelpful. While I will in all probability continue to send my kids to public school, I fully support giving parents the option of choosing where they will have their kids educated. While it is true that my kids have a great public school to attend, that is not the case in many communities.
As for Stahly’s remarks, are we to believe that his administration is not able to creatively respond to a slight dip in class sizes? Has the current economic downturn not already caused fluctuation in their numbers? Even if he is correct that newly enacted reforms will cause short-term pains, surely the long-term benefits of parental choice outweighs the short-term need for adjustments. Remember, education is about the kids, not about staff and faculty jobs. Based on the recent fracas in Indianapolis, I think that concept was largely lost by some.
Secondly, about Stahly’s concerns about Bethany willingness to accept vouchers on behalf of prospective students. It seems to me that if he is so opposed to a private school accepting state vouchers, it may be incumbent to him to leave his large salary and use his skills to help start a school for like-minded people that does not accept vouchers. This would provide yet another option for local parents, which could only be a good thing for all.
A big kudos to Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature for their forward-thinking emphasis on school reform. It seems to me Superintendent Stahly may want to rethink his arguments on how to preserve his salary and turf. I’m simply not buying his current ones.
— Philip Miller