Daily Bread for 9.5.23: The Fundamental Difference in Governance Between School District and City

 Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 88. Sunrise is 6:24 AM and sunset 7:21 PM for 12h 57m 24s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 63.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1905, the Russo-Japanese War ends with the Treaty of Portsmouth, mediated by President Theodore Roosevelt (Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts).

Whitewater has a school district and a city government, each governed through boards of seven elected residents, and each bound by law and their own policies. To govern well, these elected representatives need something else to guide them: an understanding of their primary obligations.

For the school district, the primary obligation is obviously internal: students (responsible to their parents) and those who teach them. Others (residents who are non-students and non-parents) matter, but only secondarily. How are children learning, feeling, and experiencing their scholastic environment? It simply cannot be the case that non-students and non-parents matter as much as children, parents, and faculty within the district. To give everyone equal time and attention would mean insufficient attention to those who are the key subjects of the district. 

This perspective is so important and should be so obvious that those who do not grasp it require, themselves, a remedial education.

For the district: those inside the district’s walls matter most. The district’s most important responsibilities are thousands of minor children within its care. 

For local government: those outside the walls of city hall matter most. The city’s most important responsibility is the thousands of residents outside the municipal building. A small number of city employees should not be the primary concern of Whitewater’s elected representatives. That’s all trivial as against providing fundamental services for residents. Whitewater is not a prosperous city, and as America flourishes the gap between nation and city only widens.

It’s a myopic perspective that leads councilmembers to focus on the internal when there are important external problems that longtime politicians have failed to address, have excused, or for which they have shiftlessly blamed others. 

See Local Government Should Begin and End with the Fundamentals, Whitewater Needs Neither a King Nor a Mind Reader, Scenes from a Council Meeting (Responsibility), and Scenes from a Council Meeting (Representations)

Whitewater can do much better.

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23 days ago

so does this mean that taxpayers should take a backseat to parents in teh school district? (i agree about the city. sick of all the in house crap with them)

23 days ago

ok thanks that makes sense