As the official non-mayor of Carmel, I share the pride Carmelitorians feel in their schools. The best in the state and perhaps in the entire Midwest if not the known universe.
However, our recent replacement referendum disclosed Carmel’s penalty for excellence. State education funding shortchanges the Carmel taxpayer to subsidize less affluent school districts. The system is traditional now. But one wonders: What evidence is there to support the tradition? What proof can one find that subsidies buy anything valuable?
If the redistribution gadgetry works, why do Carmel students continue to excel, exceed, succeed and soar?
It ain’t the cash money, boys and girls. It’s the ideas in their heads. Ideas placed there by caring parents and gifted teachers. Ideas money can’t buy.
Bill Shaffer, Carmel