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  •  Maybe before closing public schools for budget (1+ / 0-)
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    ...reasons, legislatures should cut their time, salaries, and staff in half. The schools seem like they should be last to suffer the knife of austerity.

    Consolidation and stream lining is fine but the level of education services per child should not be cut until other state budget items are axed.

    Also, taxes paid by parents of private school students should be given to the local school district instead of languishing in state budgets to be used for non-education items. Those families would not be struggling to pay private tuition if the local schools were better.

    Another fix could be to smooth the allocation of tax dollars proportional to unemployment so districts with high unemployment/low taxes get additional funds for  their education so they're not paying a double burden and so that all students in all zip codes get the same education support.

    HR 676 - Health care reform we can believe in - national single-payer NOW.

    by kck on Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 11:26:52 AM PST

    •  property taxes do go to public schools (1+ / 0-)
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      I send my kids to private school and my taxes still go to pay for the public schools.

      Money is not the problem. The KC school district had all the money in the world and still could not produce.

      Ask any teacher on this board, they would love to have KC-like money.

      It doesn't matter, like health care, we are not getting what we pay for. We spend more than all but two countries in the world and finish near the bottom in every category.

      If the schools had $1,000,000 per student, they would still fail.

      It is the system, not the money.

      •  In Ca our taxes go into the State general fund (0+ / 0-)

        Money is allocated to the schools based on daily head count. Daily head count.

        Our Pasadena suburb public schools were excellent, multiracial and multi-language.

        My child had two flus one year causing 6 days absence and I received a letter from the principle (an excellent school) threatening me with legal action for too many days absent. I can imagine some parents being very intimidated by such letter. I gave her hell.

        In my current Ca location the schools are very bad and most of the charter schools are more coaching centers for home schoolers so we're using a private school.

        My parents are in a NJ community that banded together and built a school where the teachers are all volunteers. They have a large campus with a shop, labs, sports, art and music, around 200 kids in the school at a time and for almost 20 years they've been getting excellent results and, almost all of the kids to college and to top schools.  

        HR 676 - Health care reform we can believe in - national single-payer NOW.

        by kck on Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM PST

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