The problem is these too often are the exception, not the rule.
Rather than focusing on the billion reasons, including the reckless misconduct by Mayor Tom Weisner, his boss Bob Vaughan at the Dunham Fund, lousy state legislators like Stephanie Kifowit, Linda Holmes and Linda Chapa, we want to shift gears.
The school board voted for a tax levy increase in a district that is failing academically and financially.
The reality is Aurora has a better chance of succeeding Detroit for economics than getting the district into a fiscally thriving situation.
Unless two bold things happen.
One idea is to admit the school system has failed and there is no time to waste.
Enter charter schools.
Yes, we know, not all charter schools are created equal and some will be targets for the same taxpayer exploiting scumbags like the crew at the Dunham Fund, as fresh meat to feast on.
However, IF the crooks and cronies are kept away, charter schools might the ONLY option to inject high-quality education back into the district's borders.
We aren't saying this is the ideal solution but let's' address Part 2.
If there is a charter school that starts producing results in terms of academic performance, then the next step is to make housing attractive for new families looking for high-quality schools but affordable homes.
Thanks again to the rotten regime of Corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner, there isn't a lot of high-quality housing in the district.
There is lots of blight.
And, much of it needs to be demolished.
That's right, we are suggesting that parts of the east side need to be demolished to clear sections for new housing IF there is clear success from academic performance.
Once you address the education, start to eliminate blight and put quality housing, then there is a chance for some economic development activity.
We said some, don't expect East Aurora to become Naperville.
It will take years to undo the mess but if the academic performance is consistent and spreads, even if it means charter schools dominating, then there is a chance to save the east side.
Otherwise, if we continue down the current path led by the misfit from City Hall, we will continue to see the death spiral.
If anyone has a better idea, we are open but tell us what that is. How will high-quality education be injected into the east side in the fastest way?
There is no time to waste. And, if no change is coming, the the sooner everyone escapes this death spiral, the better chance they will survive elsewhere.