Jun 7, 2013
commented on A Lack of Ample School Funding Will Also Lead to a Lack of Equity
“Legislature Determines That Access to Highly Capable Basic Education Must Continue to Depend on Your Zip Code”
That might as well be the headline. Today, 40% of districts offer no programs or services for their most advanced learners. Not surprisingly, inequalities in access and programming disproportionately affect small and rural districts, minorities, and poor students. The Legislature has done nothing to remedy the situation for the future.
There is no other part of Basic Education that is being told that to ensure proper funding, parents must go to their local school boards and ask for it.
Relying on local school districts to decide whether or how to fund a portion of basic education is neither fair nor equitable. Today’s state funding level - 2.314% of en- rollment, unchanged since 2007- is demonstrably inadequate, leaving 40% of districts with zilch. Access to highly capable programming should not depend on your zip code.