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  •  You missed the part (none)
    where I said "it's never enough"-- there is no such thing as truly adequate funding, and there will not be as long as the focus of "education" is on the notions of NCLB.

    They will not provide the funds for adequate school libraries, or arts education, and they will not permit intellectually stretching classes in history, government, science, or anything else that isn't on their stupid test !

    Let's get some Democracy for America

    by murphy on Wed Dec 08, 2004 at 10:14:24 PM PST

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    •  Well, I agree, but... (none)
      You can establish a baseline where you at least have some standard level of funding.  It may not be enough to fund everything you might want, but it'll make sure that you don't get impoverished districts who are totally lacking in needed funds.  I mean the funding gap is really evident in a lot of big cities today.  For instance, schools on Chicago's poor West Side have detriorated so bad that parents turn to private or Catholic schools whenever possible.  Meanwhile, Chicago's wealthy North Shore suburbs enjoy some of the best education in the world, and it's all free.  That's the kind of massive disparity that equal funding would avoid.

      It's also what NCLB is supposedly trying to avoid.  The idea is to move kids out of the failing schools and into "good ones".  But the standards are so strict, the funding is so poor, and the provisions for failing schools so meager that NCLB basically functions as a push to destroy public schooling as we know it.

      Sure, in an equal funding system, parents could get more money with fundraisers and stuff.  And yeah, rich neighborhoods would probably still enjoy better schools than poor ones.  But it's a difference of degree, I guess.  Some of the schools on Chicago's West and South Sides are basically structurally unsound, they're missing windows, they're fire hazards, they're pretty bad.  Meanwhile, the North Shore suburban schools have professional-quality acoustics in their massive auditoriums.  It's an unacceptable degree of inequality, y'know?  Equal funding would at least close the gap.

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