Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Krispy Kreme Theory of School Funding

You heard it here first. :-)

The Krispy Kreme Theory of school funding.

Picture interstate highway I-465 around Indianapolis on the map. Picture the donut-sized ring it makes around our fair and illustrious capitol city. Picture the wealthy suburbs ringing the donut. (This is where most of the dough actually is.) You know, suburbs such as Carmel where the governor has decided to live instead of in the "people's house." (Oh well, "the people's house" is actually a mansion too. By the way, I wonder if the Guv would consider just living in his RV. He wouldn't even have to take the wheels off his house like our patrons in real Ho0sier land sometimes have to.)

My Krispy Kreme Theory of school funding is a basic concept. Based on my theory I will make a bold and shocking prediction.

When the current legislative session ends with a midnight vote on a budget no one has actually read because it consumes approximately 437,000 pages of pork in some variety or another (I hear the lard actually sticks all the pages together so the reading is very problematic), count on the following:

1. The donut will get all the "Carmel" icing (pun intended)
2. The donut will get all the dough
3. The donut will get its dough from all the public schools that will lose (that's right the schools were the patrons in working-class Indiana have to take the wheels off their homes)

Herein the inequities lie. The growing suburban schools in most cases already have per pupil expenditures higher than most schools - even with their growing student populations.

If our school district just had the state average spending per pupil, we could lay-off 20 certified employees and still have the same exact program we have today.

The problem I see is this - Republicans used to be the party in favor of local control and smaller government. This is why I have tended to vote Republican. But now I ask this question, "Does anyone, I mean ANYONE out there have any information that would lead them to believe that our Republican-led state government has any inclination at all to increase local control of ANYTHING?

I didn't think so.

Mitch is on a roll.

More and more regulation and control has been assumed by the state, but more and more of the funding responsibilities have been assumed by the local patrons. Then the politicians turn around blame local school boards for increasing tax rates etc.

The Krispy Kreme Theory of school funding shows us the light. You see...this way they can have their donut and eat it too!

8 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 22, 2005, Anonymous Al said...

What is the average spending per pupil in Indiana?

What is the average spending per pupil in IPS?

What is the average spending per pupil in Carmel?

Where can a citizen find these numbers?

 
At Wednesday, February 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al,

The average per pupil funding for IPS is $7,243, the highest in Indiana.

The average per pupil funding in Carmel is $5,343.

It is disingenuous to claim that "Carmel is getting the icing".

 
At Wednesday, February 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al,

I'll concede on that one when you compare Carmel to IPS.

We were comparing Carmel's funding to many other school districts, especially rural ones.

These per/pupil expenditures are only outlining state dollars. There are a number of federal grants that are doled out based on "at-risk" indicators that many rural schools do not score high on so they don't get as much federal funding. This further perpetuates the inequities.

I may be in the minority in my profession Al. I am not complaining about overall funding levels as much as I complain about inequities. Easy for me to say though. We are not growing like Hamilton SE and others. But it does frustrate a school with lower per/pupil expenditures when we see the federal dollars make the gap grow even greater.

Indiana Public School Super

 
At Wednesday, February 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IPS Super - I believe you about the Federal funding, but where can an ordinary citizen get that data?

It is hard to have a coherent discussion without access to the complete set of facts.

 
At Wednesday, February 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew…it took me a heap a cipherin’, but here are the facts (based on the data provided in the Indy Star - if you have more accurate data please post):

IPS has the highest per pupil funding - $7,243
Mt. Vernon has the lowest - $5,175
The average for all 49 IN counties - $5,767
Carmel-Clay per student funding - $5,343
IPS is 26% ABOVE the average
Carmel is 26% BELOW
Counties w/HIGHER funding than Carmel - 42
Lower than Carmel in funding - 6 counties
Hamilton SE - $5,524 (3.4% higher than Carmel)
Carmel is 3.3% higher than Mt. Vernon

So when you are "comparing Carmel's funding to many other school districts, especially rural ones" to which are you refering?

 
At Sunday, November 20, 2005, Blogger Protectors of The Krispy Kreme Brand said...

On Protectors, see accounting comments of Zoomgirl53.

 
At Sunday, April 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the heading " The Super's Blog" , you spelled " guarantees" wrong. It should be a noun spelled "guaranties". The form you used is a verb. And you are poking fun at the education process? How ironic! At least use spell check next time.

 
At Wednesday, October 13, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to spread Krispy Kreme sugar all over my lover's scrotum and lick it off.


Scott Severin

 

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