Equitable Funding Streams
The following post was written by Thomas Beebe, Project Manager for Opportunity to Learn - Wisconsin. The post was originally published on the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools website, and is reprinted here with his permission.
Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers was in Milwaukee, Sept. 26, to discuss with educators, students, parents, and community members “what to expect when you’re expecting more budget cuts.”
Accountability should go both ways. Students and teachers shouldn't be held accountable to high-stakes test scores and grades unless they have the resources they need meet those standards. Which means that state governments should be held to account for providing high-quality resources and opportunities for all children, regardless of where they live.
Five years after the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity ruling in New York, the state has not only failed to fulfill its promise to invest $5.5 billion in classroom funding aid for high-needs schools and districts, but has in fact cut the badly-needed funding by $2.7 billion.
During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Obama touched on education issues at several points in his speech. The Schott Foundation for Public Education today released its response to the President's education message:
Maryland’s school districts show the usual inequities in local funding:
Recent data continue to show that in New York City, the nation’s largest school district, a student’s opportunity to learn in a school “In Good Standing,” as measured by the state’s own tests, depends on the financial status of the student’s family.
Chicago education officials voted yesterday to close 50 public schools, the largest instance of mass school closures in the country and one that disproportionately affects students of color and low-income students.
Wisconsin now projects a healthy increase in revenue over the next two years. Those hundreds of millions of dollars in additional resources must be used to restore funding for K-12 public education.