Education: Taxpayers to the Barricades

What ever happened to the old American notion that schools are sacred? It has all but vanished in the suburbs of St. Louis. This year, voters in 13 districts have rejected school-tax levies—in one case, five times. As a result, many schools opened late, and classes may soon halt for about 35,000 children in two districts where votes are still pending. Nor is this phenomenon limited to the Show Me state. Coast to coast, public schools have made the transition from sacred cow to scapegoat in less time than it takes to say John...

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