Education was the issue most often mentioned by Knoxville area business leaders interviewed for my story in today’s News Sentinel.
Area businesses also want new Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett to focus on economic development and job creation, but it all starts with education. Burchett agreed that education should be a priority.
Sounds good, but we’ve heard this song before.
Politicians and business leaders love to trumpet their support for schools. The question is who’s willing to pay for better schools?
Sam Seaborn, the fictional White House speechwriter played by Rob Lowe in the TV series “The West Wing, said it best:
“Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes; we need gigantic changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That’s my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”
It’s time we figured it out.
Taxpayers should insist that government spend what ever it takes to make our education system the best.