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Think about it...we no longer need to find a payphone to make a call, pull out an Encyclopedia to find an answer, or use….um...these things to get ready for the day.
But one important area of life still seems to be stuck in the 80’s— the way we fund our children’s education.
Why is that?
We all know funding is critical to the foundation of a good education, right?
But how many of us know education funding decisions are made using outdated rules that were based on what we THOUGHT we knew about education back in the 1980’s?
Not many. So, let us break it down for you...
Twice a year, schools participate in a census to establish the average class size for each every student throughout for each part of the school day. That information is used to determine how much funding should be allocated.
Sounds logical, right? Well, not really.
First, The census is more of a circus than an accurate measure…students are often shuffled around from classroom to classroom to influence the numbers in the school’s favor.
Instead of serving students, schools are rewarded for jumping through hoops to pull down funds from an antiquated formula.
We need an upgrade.
Think about it, funding schools based on class size alone is like pricing a car based on how many passengers it fits. This process ignores the fact that schools are unique because students are unique.
Schools require the flexibility to put programs in place that will help THEIR individual population succeed.
This means, funding decisions should be based on what students need and not on a misleading and inaccurate census.
Consider this: by funding schools based on class size and outdated programs, decisions about how to educate our children are dictated by the state funding formula; leaving no room for school leaders to make decisions about what their students actually need.
One school may need larger AP classes to prepare their students for college, but without a proper budget they’re stuck in a catch 22.
And schools that serve disadvantaged communities?
They often require longer school days, wrap around services and after school tutoring to keep their students safe, engaged, and on track to a successful academic career.
Also, modern educators have worked hard to develop better ways to prepare students for the 21st century workforce, but outdated funding formulas keep them trapped in a 1980’s school model.
We need an upgrade and that’s where the student-focused funding formula comes in.
Student-focused funding gives individual schools and districts local control, more accountability and increased transparency.
So parents are in-the-know on how education funds are being used in the schools their children attend.
If you like the sound of that, you’re in luck!
An effort is underway to allow a number of local school systems to voluntarily pilot this modern student-focused funding formula.
But we can’t do it alone.
We need YOUR help to make this movement successful. Sign up, to get the facts and get involved.
A lot has changed over the last 30 years. So why is the way we fund education stuck in the 80’s? Our children deserve better.
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