Education Opportunity Network, June 5, 2017
Oklahoma schools are so poorly funded that some of them may move from five days a week to four . But Oklahoma is just an extreme point on a long continuum of bad.
The contagion stems from revenue shortfalls in states – at least 29 states. Lawmakers in many states also decided to enact tax cuts and to do nothing about stagnating wages.
Oklahoma is indeed the poster child for the negative consequences. “Funding for classrooms has been shrinking for years,” reports the Washington Post, “slicing away hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.” The shift to four-day weeks is not the only consequence of the financial crisis. Art and music programs have been cut, teachers are getting laid off, and those teachers who are left are the worst paid in the nation.
In North Carolina, lawmakers passed legislation to lower class sizes in the early grades, but then failed to provide schools funding to hire more teachers necessary to meet the new class size mandates. The resulting financial car wreck in schools endangers the jobs of art and music teachers and physical education instructors and nurses, counselors, special education teachers, and other support staff.
State lawmakers in Kansas have, for years, addressed repeated budget shortfalls with tax cuts that have led to yet more budget shortfalls. Many schools ran out of money and had to close early. In other districts, class sizes ballooned, art and science programs disappeared, and parents had to pay fees for their children to play sports.
In Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich recently submitted a budget that would cut funding to two-thirds of the state’s districts.
In New York, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has for years resisted releasing $4.3 billion in “Foundation Aid” a court ruled are due to the schools based. Cuomo froze the funding increases in 2009.
In New Jersey, “hundreds of towns,” especially those whose student populations are nonwhite and lower-income, “have not gotten their full share of funding” they are due. As a consequence of the shortfall, one school has had to pack over 500 students into a single classroom. Local school leaders complain their schools are “literally crumbling” and districts have chronic shortages of nurses, guidance counselors, art teachers, custodians, and social workers.
In Illinois, 17 school districts are suing the state, the governor, and his board of education for failing to fund public education in accord with the state constitution.
In Arizona, funding is so bad – the state is 48th in the nation in per-pupil funding – over 2,100 classrooms don’t have a teacher and another 2,200 are led by uncertified staff.
The list of state negligence to education funding goes on and on. But the problems are nationwide.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our public schools a grade of D-plus on its report card on school infrastructure. Over half of our schools need repairs, renovations, or upgrades just to be in “good” condition.
Между тем, здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМИ продолжают нахваливать псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США.
О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс США, фашистские ФБР и ЦРУ, лживые американские СМИ…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США