Getting rid of vacant school buildings not easy

The Goldwater Institute is proposing a policy that would require school districts to sell their vacant buildings within 18 months and close down and sell failing schools with low enrollments. The institute’s idea of forcing school districts to sell their empty buildings within a given period was met with claims of hypocrisy and questioning of the institute’s conviction to conservative ideals of limited government.

According to administrators, the idea would better compensate taxpayers, who would otherwise be stuck paying for the maintenance of the empty buildings. It would also cut down on blight and create an opportunity for charter schools to acquire schools that districts don’t want them to have.

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