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How to run a school district, the Oregon way

Let's close 20% of Portland's elementary schools! And, of course, the school board representatives have to bite down hard and recite the usual nonsense story about oh, no, we're not doing this to save money, it's to make a better educational experience™ (and at the end of the day they'll go home and do what everyone else will do; they'll start looking around frantically for a neighborhood private school they can send their kids to so they won't have to bus their kindergardeners 2 miles to the local mini-version of American Megaversity) because it would be impolite to point out that the city schools are being systematically starved to death by the legislature because, after all, they're in Portland, and it's the Oregon Way to hate Portland.

I wonder what it would be like to live in a country that isn't systematically bankrupting itself? It would certainly be nice to send the bears to a school that has even the slightest chance of staying open more than two years.