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  •  Unfortunately, until we start prioritizing (1+ / 0-)
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    education, and until we stop funding education with local property tax dollars and realize it needs to be funded at the federal level, I don't know how much we can do to reach them earlier.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." - Hubert Humphrey

    by Killer of Sacred Cows on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:17:53 PM PST

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    •  Assume we had resources (2+ / 0-)
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      What would you do with them?

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:03:08 PM PST

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    •  No we need to go back to local funding (0+ / 0-)

      Federal funding gets us things like No Child left Behind and Race to the Top.  As a teacher, I know.

      •  Local funding is too tied to property values. (1+ / 0-)
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        That means kids in Compton get crappy educations while kids in Beverly Hills get great educations. We need to find a better way; local funding is demonstrably not the answer.

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." - Hubert Humphrey

        by Killer of Sacred Cows on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:27:45 PM PST

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        •  State-level funding? (0+ / 0-)

          Indiana and Kentucky do most of their funding at the state level.  Unfortunately Indiana did so by exchanging progressive property taxes (the more property you own, the more you pay) for sales taxes, which tend to be regressive.  Indiana's formula, at least for the remnant that doesn't get diverted to charter schools, is "funding follows the student".  Districts retain their freedom to fund more, but the property tax caps limit it.  

          "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

          by Yamaneko2 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 07:52:59 PM PST

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