CharterFolk Short – What MLB and Public Education Have and Do Not Have in Common

Good morning, CharterFolk.

Your guys’ response to my inaugural CharterFolk Short …

… taught me a valuable lesson:

You can talk smack about a city’s public schools, but not that city’s beloved sports franchise.

And don’t you DARE assert that the home team somehow compares to the local school district.

Say what you will about the Dodger’s, but don’t suggest they learned financial practices from LA Unified.

Apparently, it’s less offensive to be a Giants fan than to compare the Dodgers to Beaudry.

I concede, though, that in one respect my critics are correct that the Dodgers are not as mismanaged as LAUSD.

As it turns out, of the nearly $70 million in compensation for the new star that the Dodgers are deferring, almost $45 million is being set aside because the players’ union requires it.

In LAUSD, none of the district’s future employment liabilities must be funded.

Got that, CharterFolk?

In baseball, the player’s union requires management to fund future liabilities. 

In school districts, the teacher’s union requires that they NOT.

More broadly, MLB and public education share another challenge:

Declining attendance.

MLB has millions fewer fans these days. 

This year’s World Series was the least watched on record.

Meanwhile, the National Alliance’s latest report on enrollment

… shows that 1.5 million students left public education since 2019.

Demographics, though, are going in opposite directions.

Baseball fans are becoming much whiter.

Public education, conversely, is hemorrhaging white students. 

Of the 1.5 million who left, almost 1.2 are white.

Cogitate on that, CharterFolk.

I certainly am.