Most of us that live in El Paso pay almost half of our property taxes to a local school district. Whether you live in a home that you own or a rental property, you are paying school taxes.
This post is not meant to argue that schools don’t need to be paid for.
Why is it that we pay for our schools through property taxes though?
Is there some other source that could be used?
The original purpose of public education was to develop citizens.
Now we hear about education training children to satisfy the needs of business.
Several alternatives to property taxes exist.
Without regard to how we might change how we pay for schools, shouldn’t we first return control of our schools to our local governments?
If education is in fact a large component of the environment that businesses need, wouldn’t we be better off if we created an education environment that featured competition and differentiation?
Wouldn’t the free market reward those school districts that produced effective workers and shun those that did not?
We deserve better.