16 February 2012 0 Comments

Taxpayers Pay $26 Billion for Failing Education Monopoly: A Liberal Defense – A Common Sense Alternative

Our Schools Are In A World of Hurt, and It’s [The Forgotten Taxpayer's Fault because taxpayers are taxed enough to pay for failing monopoly education system]

.January 16, 2012  By Chris Satullo of government funded  NewWorks

Productive Taxpayers, who work save and invest, pay $26 billion dollars annually to  finance the government (public) schools that are working at, as this article points, sub-optimally. It does not appear that the taxpayers are getting what they are paying for, the Constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient system of public education.”

The problem with education funding is not the amount; Pennsylvania’s education spending per student increased 133 percent since 1980 after adjusting for inflation. No, the problem is how these funds are spent.

Since 2000, Pennsylvania public schools added 35,821 additional staff while enrollment dropped by 35,510.”

In fact, Pennsylvania state taxpayers actually increased their payments to government school districts despite the conventional media’s narrative to the contrary.

The enacted budget includes $5,354,629,000 for the 2011-2012 Basic Education Funding appropriation.  This amount is a $233,290,000 increase (4.6%) over the enacted State appropriation for 2010-2011. (note the two year Federal stimulus to be spent on capital or one time programs and not operations ended at end of FY 2010-2011).

Monopoly does not seem to have served us, our community or the children well. The adults have let the children down.

Could one be forgiven for thinking that competition and choice, expansion of Educational Improvement Tax Credits, Vouchers for the poorest kids in the worst schools, and expansion of Charter Schools, including Cyber Charter Schools might yield improvement?

In my opinion, it would be useful to tell the whole truth and not, tendentiously, present only the facts to support an ideological conclusion.

Note Happily, it appears that the Chester-Upland crisis has been resolved, temporarily. (DelCo Times 17 January, 2012)

One  person, a Forgotten Taxpayer I presume, comments: ” Why Can’t your Paper list all the School Districts that havn’t Blow their Budget by Hiring extra staff (134 additional paychecks) for a Declining School Population (4023 down to 3166), Feel Bad about the Children, they Deserve an Honest School Board ! ”

Another person, another Forgotten Taxpayer I presume, comments: If life were fair, I wouldn’t be paying about $11,000/year to educate a student in my district and $14,220/year to educate a student in CUSD. That is, CUSD residents are paying just 21% of the $18,000/year/student being spent in the district. In other words, of that $18,000, $3,180/student comes from residents within the district and $14,220/student comes from TAXPAYERS outside the district. So the complaint about using property tax to fund CUSD schools is just wrong.

Virtually all of the financing for my district comes from within the district, from property taxes. People in my district are paying more per student to educate students in CUSD than they are in our own district.

 

 

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