Free public education, we hardly knew ya

A gentleman called me today about the school district’s proposed property tax. He’s opposed to it, but says he has a better idea. Instead of raising taxes on residents with no kids in the schools, why not make parents and legal guardians pay tuition to enroll their kids in public schools, just like at UC and CalState.

He envisioned tuition of about $100 for elementary school students — high schoolers would pay more — and seemed amenable to scholarships for poor kids.

He didn’t seem to envision a lot of opposition from the rest of the city.

Matt Artz