Education Cage Match
So I got a phone call from the Daily Southtown's Kristen McQuery last week which resulted in this item in her Sunday column regarding inaction on school funding reform. In her column, she pulls no punches in expressing her frustration with disparity between talk and activity in Springfield:
Identifying the dilemma of inequity and actually doing something about it are vastly different issues in Springfield. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of elected officials marching through newspaper editorial board meetings year after year, scratching their heads about the problem.Kristen and I both agreed that we don't know what the exact solution to the funding issue might be, and I think we both agree that a special session might be the best way to figure it out.
In the 'be careful what you ask for' category, I think that a special session in which we don't leave until there's a substantive resolution might be the only answer. Kind of like an education funding cage match - 177 legislators walk in, 1 solution comes out.
This post isn't even about advocating a specific solution, but it is about saying that something needs to be done. While decades of blue ribbon committees and task forces have resulted in a plethora of ideas, they sure haven't resulted in a fix of the problem.
And before you comment, you might want to read about what is happening in Texas on this same issue, where even the Governor and Lt. Governor can't get on the same page.