School Funding Where will we get the money?
Where does the money come from now? <ul><li>In Pennsylvania: </li></ul><ul><li>57.3% Local Property Taxes </li></ul><ul><l...
What are some other possible funding sources? <ul><li>Sales of naming rights for auditoriums, stadiums, gymnasiums, and cl...
Naming Rights – Good <ul><li>Brings private money into school </li></ul><ul><li>Builds goodwill for purchasing business in...
Naming Rights – Bad <ul><li>Donors may want a larger voice in shaping school policies </li></ul><ul><li>Private funds get ...
Vending machines – Yea <ul><li>Companies often make large contributions to or purchases for schools for exclusive vending ...
Vending Machines – Nay <ul><li>Low or no nutritional value </li></ul><ul><li>Students use lunch money for junk food </li><...
Yes to “Over 55” Communities <ul><li>Attracts affluent buyers </li></ul><ul><li>Increases tax base without adding addition...
No to “Over 55” Communities <ul><li>Lack of affordable housing for young families </li></ul><ul><li>Diminished workforce <...
Pennsylvania’s Casino Revenue <ul><li>Lower property taxes for Pennsylvanians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All homeowners will re...
Problems with Gambling <ul><li>Other “sin taxes” attempt to deter </li></ul><ul><li>Casino gambling actually  promotes  ba...
Problems with Gambling <ul><li>Gambling addiction – a serious problem for both the gambler and his/her family </li></ul><u...
So what is the answer? <ul><li>NO easy answers! </li></ul>
Rethink “free education”  <ul><li>Require tuition, as “public” schools in Great Britain do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifts bu...
Stop business exemptions <ul><li>Some municipalities exempt new businesses from many taxes, including school taxes, for a ...
Come up with another tax <ul><li>Levy a tax that would be fairer to ALL taxpayers in Pennsylvania – income, sales, etc. </...
Be proud of PA schools <ul><li>Commit to providing the funding needed to give future generations the education they will n...
References <ul><li>DePasquale, Ron, &quot;A housing drive for over 55&quot;, The Boston Globe, 10 June 2007 </li></ul><ul>...
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  • Funding crisis – costs are rising: special ed, unfunded mandates, paying for health insurance for employees. Housing crisis – foreclosures, homes devalued, owners unable to pay their taxes, massive market slowdown. Funding our schools will only become harder, especially if recession hits.
  • School Funding

    1. 1. School Funding Where will we get the money?
    2. 2. Where does the money come from now? <ul><li>In Pennsylvania: </li></ul><ul><li>57.3% Local Property Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>38.3% State Sales and Income Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>3.2% Federal Funds </li></ul><ul><li>1.3% Other </li></ul>
    3. 3. What are some other possible funding sources? <ul><li>Sales of naming rights for auditoriums, stadiums, gymnasiums, and classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing placement of vending machines on school property. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging developers to plan and build “55+” communities. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Naming Rights – Good <ul><li>Brings private money into school </li></ul><ul><li>Builds goodwill for purchasing business in community </li></ul><ul><li>Good advertising for purchasing business </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids property tax increases </li></ul>
    5. 5. Naming Rights – Bad <ul><li>Donors may want a larger voice in shaping school policies </li></ul><ul><li>Private funds get the public “off the hook” for support of the school </li></ul>
    6. 6. Vending machines – Yea <ul><li>Companies often make large contributions to or purchases for schools for exclusive vending rights </li></ul><ul><li>Schools receive monthly income from machines </li></ul>
    7. 7. Vending Machines – Nay <ul><li>Low or no nutritional value </li></ul><ul><li>Students use lunch money for junk food </li></ul><ul><li>Soda replaces milk in students’ diets, putting them (girls especially) at risk for osteoporosis </li></ul>
    8. 8. Yes to “Over 55” Communities <ul><li>Attracts affluent buyers </li></ul><ul><li>Increases tax base without adding additional students to schools </li></ul><ul><li>Homes are usually “clustered”, preserving open space </li></ul>
    9. 9. No to “Over 55” Communities <ul><li>Lack of affordable housing for young families </li></ul><ul><li>Diminished workforce </li></ul><ul><li>“ Graying” voter base may be reluctant to approve school funding proposals </li></ul>
    10. 10. Pennsylvania’s Casino Revenue <ul><li>Lower property taxes for Pennsylvanians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All homeowners will receive tax relief once gaming generates $570 million </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$58 million in supplemental property tax and rent rebates for cities and high-burden individuals </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Problems with Gambling <ul><li>Other “sin taxes” attempt to deter </li></ul><ul><li>Casino gambling actually promotes bad behavior </li></ul>
    12. 12. Problems with Gambling <ul><li>Gambling addiction – a serious problem for both the gambler and his/her family </li></ul><ul><li>Gambling is often targeted at those with low income who can least afford it </li></ul>
    13. 13. So what is the answer? <ul><li>NO easy answers! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Rethink “free education” <ul><li>Require tuition, as “public” schools in Great Britain do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifts burden to those actually using school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exemptions for low-income families </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Stop business exemptions <ul><li>Some municipalities exempt new businesses from many taxes, including school taxes, for a set period to attract them into their area </li></ul><ul><li>Forbid school tax exemptions across the Commonwealth </li></ul>
    16. 16. Come up with another tax <ul><li>Levy a tax that would be fairer to ALL taxpayers in Pennsylvania – income, sales, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the money among school districts based on per capita income and per student spending </li></ul>
    17. 17. Be proud of PA schools <ul><li>Commit to providing the funding needed to give future generations the education they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world </li></ul>
    18. 18. References <ul><li>DePasquale, Ron, &quot;A housing drive for over 55&quot;, The Boston Globe, 10 June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Lewin, Tamar, &quot;For sale: Naming rights to public schools: U.S. educators go private for funding&quot;, International Herald-Tribune, Americas Edition, 26 January 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;School Vending Machines Generate Funds - And Controversy&quot;, http://www.schoolnurse.com/med_info/vendingmech.html, accessed 27 February 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pde.state.pa.us/schoolfinance101/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=76800 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.governor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3073&&level=1&css=L1&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached= true </li></ul>

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