I don't know all the details but I think balkanization could be really good for self-governance here in the United States. It could result in smaller and more responsive service. 

There are of course issues unique to each proposed region might initially prove too much for local ordinance. I'm not concerned about this because such issues will force innovation to find more efficient ways of problem solving that were likely overlooked before. 

Maybe I'm being a bit overly optimistic. 

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Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 18, 2014 at 1:07pm

Imagine if all local government had the funding level per capita that the fed spends. Schools would not be the only thing to improve. 

A local school is slowly dying due to lack of students. But when the fed put out a program to build new buildings they got $3 million. for ~50 students. And the building will likely be vacant in a few years as families move away.

Local control over policy and spending would have prevented that. You can't have democratic process or oversight on a grant application. 

I imagine there are plethora of other sister programs that are poorly allocating money instead of using it to teach children.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2014 at 7:05pm

A few decades ago when the Illinois State Lottery was started up, it was supposed to be the financial cure-all to provide adequate school funding.  Well guess what?  Surprise!  That never happened.  Most of our schools are still underfunded except in the wealthiest of communities.  Yes, a grave injustice indeed.  We have schools that are struggling to provide basic teaching materials for the classroom, such as textbooks, while some schools are providing high-tech lighting and sound systems for their theater departments.      

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 17, 2014 at 10:27am

What Joan said!

It's a grave injustice that so much of (frequently criminally inadequate) US public school funding has to do with how rich or poor the parents who live in a particular city or county are.

... we should have a system of taxation that provides funding for every student in the USA K-12 and we have to get off that damnable "No child left behind" and start teaching.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2014 at 7:26am

I taught in the poorest of the poor districts in Anacostia, a bedroom community to Washington, DC. Those kids were warehoused in public schools and by the time they reach high school graduation, they don't have the skills needed to survive in a technological society.

I tested 12 or 13 girls graduating from one high school and none of them knew how to read. They couldn't pass the first stage of getting a job and simply were up a creek. It took 27 weeks and all 13 were able to read, took the tests and got jobs. So I worked with Congress and we got funding for more and better teachers. 

Just imagine, in the hub of our nation's capitol, we have an inferior education system to even Brazilian jungle education system! It is outrageous. We need to look realistically at education and health care, and make them universal. It is cheaper in the long run, and produces healthier and happier citizens.

Therefore, I think we should have a system of taxation that provides funding for every student in the USA K-12 and we have to get off that damnable "No child left behind" and start teaching. Testing doesn't measure the kinds of attributes that make an individual healthy, productive and self-sufficient.

Welfare teaches dependence, and prison teaches survival skills. This damnable situation needs not to happen. It is solvable, it is better use of taxpayers' money, and it creates a population able and willing to think, do and flourish. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2014 at 7:10am

Sounds like the reverse of what's happened in the past, i.e., consolidation of school districts. I think California should annex Nevada and get in on all their casino money!

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