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What to Do with Empty School Buildings

“Six new public schools are supposed to open in the fall,” reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal today, “but Clark County School Board member Sheila Moulton wonders whether it might be better to ‘mothball’ some of them because of the dire financial circumstances.”

Here’s a better idea: Instead of mothballing them, why not lease the buildings to a private school operation for a nominal fee – maybe a buck a year.

Then offer the parents of kids in over-crowded public schools a “voucher” which could be used toward the tuition of the new private schools if they’ll pull their kids out of the over-crowded public schools and send them to the new private schools which would operate out of the “mothballed” buildings which otherwise would sit vacant.

Everybody wins.

Except the teachers union.

Which means the plan is DOA.