Utah Dad Oak Norton runs a yearly freedom-in-education conference and website called “Agency Based Education (ABE).” At this year’s ABE conference in Provo, Utah, he presented an exciting, specific solution that could go a long way toward reclaiming local power over education.
He explained that if every high school in the state were to become its own district, rather than having 40 districts Utah would have 116. This would almost triple the number of elected, local school board members, allowing much more personal, accountable leadership to take place. It would mean that each board would be directly responsible to about 4,000 students rather than the current average of over 13,000 students.
Norton explained that empowering local parents by electing far, far greater numbers of them to local school boards, over smaller districts, echoes what the founders promoted, (which is exactly the opposite of what education reforms are doing today).
Jefferson said, “the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many… What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and power into one body.”
This screen shot, from Norton’s presentation, shows the current Utah system versus what could be:
The principles and ideas presented in this video could dramatically empower local control if legislators, encouraged by their consituents, would take notice. Please watch and share this video.