I thought that was part of the GOP mantra — the government closest to you is the government that functions the best. So, you know, the GOP has always tried to devolve education issues from the federal government to the state government and from there to the local government.
So, if you ask me, Rep. Clay Cox is acting like a Democrat with this H.B. 13 proposal, which takes salary decisions for school superintendents out of the hands of local boards of education. You’d think that the local school boards would pay what they needed to pay for the best they could get and if the voters did not like it, they could respond.
But apparently Rep. Cox doesn’t seem to think that local control of the most mundane of decisions for a local school board is the best idea. Should the state start setting hard standards on county commissioners’ pay? Should the state start setting standards on what counties can pay their county attorneys? What about trash collectors?
Let’s do a salary freeze across the board.
And then, since we can’t trust local boards of education to make competent salary decisions, I’d like a state law that requires the voters to both propose and approve state legislators’ salaries. Surely we cannot trust them to make the appropriate decision on their own pay if we can’t trust local school boards to make decisions about superintendents. And the difference is that the School Super can’t vote on his or her pay, but Rep. Cox can vote on his.
Come on Clay. I don’t mean to give you a hard time on this. But it’s not very Republican and it’s also a bad idea.