Dazed & Confused

The consolidation process has been borderline fraudulent from start to the present. There are no substantial savings.  Many districts were de facto exempt, or put together sham AOS structures. You don’t need the Gordon Donaldson reports to tell you these things (though confirmation of one’s beliefs can be gratifying).

Now, there are no penalties.

Of course, this writer didn’t want to see districts (that is, taxpayers) penalized.  The legislature and executive didn’t want a Tehran-like uprising on their hands either.  So the expedient becomes a virtue, the pols show clemency, and the pro-consolidation side proclaims its mercy in victory.

Power continues to accrue to Augusta. It’s more important to be able to claim consolidation has worked than for it to have actually worked.

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