Sunday, May 15, 2005

As we said...

As we said yesterday...

The state gets to control the educational agenda, then shift the cost to the local property tax owner. Another on-line article from the Gazette Sunday.

It's a long term brilliant move for those with the long range vision of destroying public education. This increase in the unpopular property tax will create a growing frustration at the local level, further shifting blame to the local school boards. Boards that have been stripped of almost all important educational policy decisions.

4 Comments:

At Sunday, May 15, 2005, Blogger Dogwood said...

It's a long term brilliant move for those with the long range vision of destroying public education.

Is the entire K-12 establishment really this paranoid?

Regarding funding and control, you seem to want it both ways. You want the state to pay for it all so you do not have to rely on the unpopular property tax, yet you want to retain local control. It is a simple fact of life that he who pays calls the shots. If the federal gov't pays, then it sets the rules. If the state pays, then it sets the rules. Etc. etc. It may not be an ideal setup, but it has been this way since the beginning of civilized society.

If my math is correct, the state will be spending roughly $4 billion on K-12 next year, while local expenditures will be $2 billion or so, not counting debt service, CPF or transportation.

I guess the key is to find a proper balance that everyone can live with, but not sure where that balance point should be.

 
At Monday, May 16, 2005, Anonymous simple mind said...

I guess my question for Dogwood is where is the local control? You are obviously sophisticated enough to know that local boards have no control in determining the level of property taxes for school's general funds in the first place. That is done by the General Assembly. The problem is that most people don't understand that. If they want to blame someone for the increase in their property taxes, they are most likely to point the finger at their locally elected officials.

In reality, property taxes, at least for schools, will rise not because local boards increased them, but because the General Assembly increased them through the school funding formula. What most people don't know is that while the overall funding for schools will increase next year by $68,266,829, property taxes will rise by $78,201,490.

To me the issue is honesty vs. spin. A simple minded person like myself would just say that while no one likes to see any taxes increase, it was impossible to do the state's business without someone taking a hit. Instead of smokers and/or gamblers or other "sinners", it ended up being property owners.

But political gamesmanship and honesty don't always go together. My personal opinion is that the level of gamesmanship during the last four to five months has been a disappointment to many people. I understand that politics is a contact sport and is not for the faint of heart. But perhaps we could strive for a better balance in that area as well.

 
At Tuesday, May 17, 2005, Anonymous Wildcatter said...

After reading Sunday's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Mr. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, will be funding all high schools in the United States. Now if we could only get Donald Trump to take care of middle schools and Rupert Murdock to fund the elementary schools then all of public education's problems will be taken care.

 
At Thursday, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Dowood -- what could possibly be the motive for politicians to destroy public education?

 

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