Climbing on my soapbox
Do you know how much your school system receives per child? (I didn't)
I think it's interesting how so many people say we should be better funding education, etc, yet money doesn't really seem to be the only answer. And I don't think even the best.
There has been some stuff on the news here lately because they're changing the amounts some school districts get. Not the per student amount, but special funding. For one, my children's school district (the financially stable suburb everyone loves to hate) will get more money and the inner city public school system will get less. So there was much complaining about taking money away from the poor inner city kids and giving it to the "rich" kids (they didn't use those words, but that was the gist of it).
Of course at the END of the story they always mention in passing that our school system is SKYROCKETING in enrollment, and the inner city schools are drastically shrinking. So wouldn't it make more sense that the one growing would get more money and the one shrinking would get less next year?
But THEN....the part that made my mouth hang open was how much each was given by the state per student. We get $5000 per student and they get $8500 per student!!!!!! This amount won't be changed....each school system will still get this amount per student.
This was when the light bulb went off that money is certainly not the issue with schools. Our school with it's measly $5000 per student graduates over 95% of it's students. Their schools with $8500 per student are graduating around the 50% mark depending on the year.
So money is not the answer. Is it parental involvement and parents making the kids study and make good grades and go to school? Is there a difference in how much the students/parents value an education? Is it a difference in the ability of the teachers? What is the problem here?
Anyway....off my soapbox and rant for the day, but I was just curious if you knew how much your school district receives per child and if you think throwing more money at failing school systems is the answer, and if not, then what is?