ESD Opt-Out: 'If privatization or some other alternative works, then so be it'

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Earlier this week, Oregon legislators voted to allow school districts to opt out of Education Service Districts (ESD).

An Education Service District provides school districts with help in areas of special education, like helping students with speech, physical therapy and special needs.

Now, Oregon school districts have the option to discontinue working with their local ESD.

Douglas ESD Superintendent George Murdock says he believes that's a good thing. "Any government agency that's worth its salt ought to be competitive," he said. "If privatization or some other alternative works, then so be it."

Murdock believes that government entities should be held accountable for the quality of their work.

He says he believes letting districts opt out of their ESD will force the agencies to put forth a good product.

Murdock says he spoke with Douglas County school districts, and does not believe that any will choose to opt out.