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Public School Education In CrisisViews: 652
Apr 13, 2009 6:39 amPublic School Education In Crisis#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

I cannot help but wonder if public school education funding works the same way across the United States and around the world. I just recently learned how it works in California. Despite what some folks may say, the funding process is not designed with the student in mind. Nor, is it designed with the teacher in mind. Instead, it is designed to perpetuate a system of education. A school district in California gets government funding based upon the number of students that SHOW UP for class. If a parent loses his job and the family moves out of the school district, that could be bad news for the school where he was enrolled in terms of government funds - especially if the student population should actually decrease.

Does this system of government funding of public schools being studient population-based only apply to California?

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Apr 28, 2009 8:35 pmre: Public School Education In Crisis#

Ken Hilving
Essentially, Texas ' school funding system consists of two tiers, designed to take into account the characteristics of each school district and its students:

Tier 1: The foundation funding level in the Texas FSP, Tier 1 takes into account a Basic Allotment of dollars per student , adjusted for district characteristics such as the cost of education (using the Texas Cost of Education Index), district size (using the Small and Mid-Size District Adjustments) and sparse populations (using the Sparsity Adjustment). For more information on each adjustment, see the Glossary. The allotment is adjusted again to account for the higher cost of serving some students. Districts must tax 86 cents to participate in Tier 1.

Tier 2: The Tier 2 program guarantees a yield (an amount of money) for each student for each penny of tax from a combination of state and local sources. Districts with higher property wealth raise most or all the yield through the local property tax. Lower-wealth districts receive state aid to reach the yield per penny. Districts may raise Tier 2 taxes up to 64 cents.

Chapter 41 Wealth Sharing

Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code requires school districts with weighted average daily attendance of over $305,000 to submit to wealth reductions for optimized wealth equalization. Essentially, this means the highest property wealth districts may have property tax revenues reallocated to lower property wealth districts.

So no, Texas also links state funding to the number of students in a district. However, state funding is currently about 36% of the total revenue for school districts.

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Apr 28, 2009 9:26 pmre: re: Public School Education In Crisis#

Ken Hilving
Rethinking the whole concept of education, we have two primary objectives.

One objective is to measure the level of knowledge obtained and the ability to apply that knowledge. In the US, diplomas and degrees are the currently the measure.

This is good role for a central government function. Instead of educators measuring their own product, an independent agency would have this responsibility. This would ideally be done at no direct individual cost, and would be available to everyone through out their lives. By making available to all, it would level the playing field for all citizens regardless of economic status. By making it a national measure, it would further balance one's "education" opportunity advantages.

The other objective is educating. Once we take the diploma and degree award away from educators, competition for students becomes a matter of proving success. It also opens up the door to unconventional learning approaches both for individuals and education systems.

The true value of facilities, from buildings to equipment to computer resources, becomes apparent in the results of independent measurement. Home schooling and independent study gains equal footing with every other education system.

From a business perspective, it becomes easier to associate relevant knowledge with various positions by reviewing or measuring the best individuals in a given position by standardized national education level award, and using that as the position criteria. Such measure would be much more granular than the current BS, MBA, or PHD criteria.

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