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Re: Best Eastern Seaboard State for Sales Tax
Yes it would be great if high quality public education were universally provided - IOW uniformly - in all school districts regardless of the income / wealth / tax rates of the local residents.
Funding levels being dependent on local property taxes of course makes that impossible, poorer districts need double or triple the funding per student compared to the kids of the wealthy.
But that's not how things work in the U.S.
Wealthier kids get a much higher level of education than the regular folk 99% of the time.
And even then, in the public system at a standard far below many if not most other developed countries. Some of which make privately funded education illegal, so those with the real power have an incentive to care about the public system.
So that we would get an efficient, evidence-based government focused on the actual public interest, rather than perpetuating ever-increasing inequality and concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands every generation.
And it isn't just about education funding levels either, teaching should be a much higher status profession than finance, attract better quality graduates than being a lawyer etc, it should pay just as well as medicine. . .
And yes, the purpose of having very well-educated population across the board, is not economic, but just to have a well-educated, very politically active electorate across all income / wealth levels, very high level playing field, high opportunities for social mobility, not multiple generations of privilege ensured by a wealthy ancestor.
Our failure in providing that should be a national emergency, just like even fulltime working families not making a comfortable living, kids going hungry, the homeless / housing affordability crisis, rising mental health, drug dependence and suicide rates, all in the by-far richest nation on earth.
Last edited by john61ct; 02-03-2020 at 10:28 AM.