Going against his “small government” grain, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said yesterday he favors splitting Milwaukee Public Schools into smaller school districts. Speaking at the Marquette University Law School, Walker suggested that the state’s largest school district should be broken up into ten to twelve autonomous districts. Presumably, each of those ten to twelve autonomous school districts would also have their own autonomous school boards, and even if each board has just five members instead of the nine that currently sit on the MPS board, that’s fifty to sixty new elected officials. In addition to all those new elected officials, each new school district would need administrators, including superintendents, which adds up to a lot of new layers of bureaucracy.
I always thought Scott Walker wanted to shrink the size of government, not grow it, so it’s odd to hear him supporting a proposal that would undoubtedly increase the size of government tenfold, and I can’t wait to see the reaction his proposal gets from the rabidly anti-government folks who seem to comprise Walker’s base of support.