Here's a brief synopsis of the choices the School District gave to City Council today when it marched into chambers and, after some hemming and hawing, requested between $75 and $110 million in additional funds:
Door Number One: Kiss a lot of money goodbye. Also forfeit control over how that money is spent, and continue to make a new, larger contribution to the School District every year from now on, because of the peculiarities of state law.
Door Number Two: Ditch the kids.
The fact that the district is able to present Council with this type of miserable choice raises questions about the structure of the relationship between the schools and the city. We'll get into those as the week goes along. For now, two observations: