Research indicates that programs focusing on these areas provide results. Just note that there is a lot of replication between these programs with the aspirations we all just discussed in a previous slide. Source: http://www.cosfp.org/HomeFiles/FundingRelation/CSFP.APAExecutiveSummary.2008Study.Sept.pdf
Why are we in this position? What brought us here?
How can we change and improve the is situation for our students, communities and state?
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40 th in per pupil spending adjusting for regional cost differences (2007-08) *
$1,682 below the national average in K-12 per pupil spending (2007-08) *
48 th in higher education spending per capita
* Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2007-08 (Fiscal Year 2008), May 2010; and 2008 gross-state-product data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Continue to expand transportation, athletic, activity, & book fees, fundraising, school supply lists, student fees and tuition . But . . . It’s inequitable, contrary to idea of “free” public schools and accessible higher ed.
2) Cut other state programs . But . . .
We rank 49 th in Medicaid (health care for the poor),
48 th in transportation, 125 bridges are “structurally deficient,” and wait lists growing for developmentally disabled, child welfare, etc.
An important option for districts to temporarily cushion deep cuts, but . . . not enough to overcome enormous loss of state revenue.
4) Status Quo: Keep Cutting
Continue to search for more efficiencies and try to keep cuts away from classroom. But . . . many or most efficiencies were found in the first two or three years of cuts. 2011-12 will be Year 3-4 of cuts so avoiding key priorities (quality teaching, individual attention, early childhood education, etc.) is hard.
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