Voters in North Dakota yesterday overwhelmingly voted to keep local property taxes.
A plan was on the ballot to have the state legislature responsible for local schools. The promoters said a tax on oil exported from the state would have handled all local costs.
Why should the state have any tax on oil? What gives the state ownership of oil? Voters never ask that question.
The voters decided that they want to retain local control. They knew that you must pay for everything you want to control. They understood that centralization reduces local control.
There is no ballot authorizing counties to shut down the tax-funded schools. That would reduce local property taxes by 75% or more.
So, the voters voted to keep funding local schools. But the schools use textbooks published by New York City liberals. What local control do voters have over the curriculum? Not much.
The humanist elite retains control over the content of tax-funded education, but local real estate owners pay the bills. It’s the best deal going for the humanist elite. It’s funded locally but is functionally centralized.
One solution: ebooks instead of textbooks. Teachers could put together their own textbooks. Conservative groups could produce free curriculum materials. The costs could be limited to toner for printing out these materials.
The Left would nip that in the bud. “Why, we can’t have local control. There would be no standards, which we impose. We need a national curriculum!” That’s what they have now. They have had it for over 100 years.
The idea of local control over schools is as much a fantasy as the influence of the PTA over the curriculum. It’s for press releases, not for actual policy-making.
South Dakota has no state income tax. If you want to move to the Dakotas, choose South Dakota.