This report finds that the notion of allowing small enclaves to withdraw a portion of their taxes to serve only themselves is one that is unique to education. Imagine allowing a citizen to withhold taxes for a library that they don’t use or a sidewalk on which they don’t walk. Picture a neighborhood attempting to opt out of public works support if they promised to keep only their street patched or if they agreed to never cross the bridge that needs repair. Envision providing exemptions from federal taxes for people who don’t have family members receiving Medicare or those who may object to foreign policy. Surely, there is a legitimate argument to be made for each one of these options, but that argument never outweighs the case for the public good.
Edbuild (2017). Fractured: The breakdown of America’s school districts. United States: Edbuild.