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Interesting side note to this whole funding thing. Suppose tax rates skyrocket to the point where schools are " suitably funded " My question is when the schools do get the " suitably funded " why is it the next year they need more money and the year after that and so on. Is there a limit to "suitable funding " ? Who sets the standard ? What are the visible benchmarks for ROI ?
This poll shows an overwhelmingly percentage of people agreeing that our Legislature, OUR ELECTED LEGISLATORS, are not suitably funding schools. Please don't rely on a poll to sway those people we've put in office. CALL your representative, email your representative, text your representative, and tell them to fund our schools!
The courts, in theory, can shut down the system. Do that just before school starts and the parents will probably rally for the cause. The Gov is in denial and he's in a tough spot on this one.
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Would you favor a sales tax increase to provide more money for Lawrence teacher salaries?
Of 5,198 votes increasing teacher salaries 4,204 votes in favor of increased teacher salaries.
This is against the rules so teachers get left struggling. It does represent the depth of support USD 497 teachers could realize if given the opportunity.
If schools move under the "privatization" umbrella thousands of teachers could find themselves unemployed without notice. Can be documented.
In America major USA corporations are not about good wages instead about the "bottom line", shareholders , golden parachutes and special interest campaign contributions.
Vouchers aka privatization is a vehicle to funnel tax dollars into private schools. This is tax dollar money laundering. Using the false promise of “choice,” privatization is an unabashed abandonment of public education and of our hopes for a vibrant democracy.
The Court has every right to say that the legislature has underfunded education. It had the duty in this particular case to come to a decision in that regard. But therein lies the problem. The can order the legislature all they want but have no power beyond that. Unless maybe have the entire state legislature arrested and put in jail for contempt of court. While they are at it, please arrest the Governor and put him in jail for contempt...
I hope sales taxes are increased to fund.
Several people have proposed audits of school expenditures as to need and efficacy...not a terrible idea in itself....I hope they include in the audit all the teachers and staff who spend PILES of $$$$$ to buy supplies, food, clothing , standard IRS reimbursement for transportation and fair compensation for the gazillions of hours ed staff DONATE yearly to do work with the next generation they love but are never recognized or justly compensated for. Most people would not sign up for a job that demanded so much and rewarded so little and who are daily on the front lines with lots of difficult kids and even more difficult parents and a public that always blames the teachers first...think of the horrible reader comments you've read here...teachers are lazy, greedy, drinking at the public trough, only work a few months of the year, a few hours a day...it's endless the abuse these teachers and staff face, and yet if current news is to be believed are every day de-escalating crises , saving lives and sometimes sacrificing their own.
As an Educator, I can tell you we do not just educate today. Kids come with so much baggage that we end up providing clothing, supplies, extra food, moral support, counseling, transportation and the list goes on. My husband has given me a budget to work with because I am always spending my own money on the kids. I have been doing this a long time and let me tell you, it is different and harder today to work with the monetary resources or lack there of that we have.
Sadly, because Kansans have elected these idiots, they deserve the government these idiots impose upon them. All Kansans who believe in quality education for their children and who voted republican deserve this hell.
This money that should be spent. There is nothing necessarily wrong with public education. Simply because the repub party has been painting public education as evil so they can blow tax $$$$$ on privatization does not make public education a bad investment. Public education is a best bang for the buck. Privatization will neither cost tax payers less nor will it improve a situation that is not broken.
Republicans are not smart business people. They believe that defunding a taxpayer public service makes it operate more efficiently. They believe that people should make less money for the hard work they contribute to the system. Yet they are perfectly willing to throw tons and tons of tax dollars at wealthy for profit industries instead of telling them to go away...... then again wealthy corporations fund their political campaigns.
If schools were suitably funded, then my friends who teach wouldn't be paying out of pocket for students needs. And, that's not just in Kansas.
The current system is broke, yes there are some success stories, but overall there needs to be a total reorganization. This does not mean keep throwing money at it in hopes it will fix what is wrong.
Our educational system, just like most of the other governmental controlled system, has let the beast get larger than the cage. The accounting tricks and administration tend to be favor keeping their jobs all under the umbrella of "Helping" the kids.
There needs go be a full audit of the asset allocation so we can see just where the tax dollars go and in what amounts. My guess is that under the "Use or lose" format, tax dollars exhist where they are supposed to until the end of the year, then can be re-allocated to whatever the dominate male desires, burnt up or squandered bringing the account close to zero so funding for the ensuing year can be requested and justified.
Giving these "Stewards" of our tax dollars the $92.5 million bond issue blindly is absurd.
No one wants a poor educational system, but I am sure we all want a system that provides the tax payer value for monies spent. This one size fits all solution given us by the courts, IMHO, just keeps throwing good money after bad and keeps the under informed voter happy till the cycle repeats itself.
the courts are not the legislature, do not have the constitutional duty to tax or to appropriate monies.
so, my answer is no.
plus, more money does not, certainly does not, mean better schools.
one need only briefly study the sad example of the KCMO schools which isn't even an accredited district, and so much money is spent per pupil!
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