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Thursday, February 26, 2009

In Flyover Country: Here's an idea we can rally behind

Excerpted from this post at In Flyover Country

Last week, state senator Matt McCoy blew the barn doors off rural Iowa
schools by suggesting that smaller schools should close. He argued
that it's not cost efficient and the state could save some major funds
by doing so. This met with huge resistance from all political stripes.
For the most part, our rural schools actually churn out some of the
best graduates in the state. Key word here is: graduates. In McCoy's
home county, where the largest (i.e. most "cost efficient" by his
standards) schools in the state are located, they aren't exactly
graduating their kids. Have you looked at the dropout rates in Polk
County and the Des Moines school system lately? Yeah - why don't you
work on what's right under your nose, before sticking said nose where
it doesn't belong.

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