As the Marion County School Board and Superintendent Jim Yancey continue to prepare for a proposed four-day school week, we are witnessing a public-policy travesty unfold.
We can think of no more important indicator of a community's health and progressiveness than its public education system. Yet, the picture the School Board and Yancey are painting of what awaits us next year is hardly anything to be proud of.
We know this bunch has cried budgetary wolf time after time. They have threatened mass teacher layoffs, school closures, axing extra-curricular activities and replacing certified teachers with substitutes. We have heard it all, only to be told at the eleventh hour that millions had been "found" due to careful spending, thus averting these draconian measures.