I particularly like how Wright exposes how the school boards and superintendents, rather than operate as separate branches of government (legislative and executive), are in bed together. I experienced that in Pike Township. The phone number listed for Pike School Board's president rings into the administration's office. The administration takes board members on a "retreat" to indoctrinate them and supplies board members with computer laptops and the same health insurance than top administrators (but not teachers) receive. The Board also relies on the Superintendent's attorney for legal advice, apparently not realizing that that attorney's responsibility is to act in the Superintendent's best interests, not impart objective legal advice to the Board.
The only thing different is that, unlike in many districts, in Pike the administration and teacher's union is very much at odds. Both support opposing slates of candidates in school board elections.
• Allow all K-12 children to enroll in any public school, including charter schools, in any school district in their county of residency.
• The money must follow the child.
• Provide children travel vouchers for transportation to any public school within their county of residency.
• Move school board elections from May to November.
• Make all school district employees (including teachers) state government employees and provide them with the same benefits currently provided other state employees.
• Require all school employees and school board members to adhere to the same ethics rules as all other Indiana government employees.
• Require public schools to transfer vacant school classroom buildings to certified charter schools.