July 15, 2013
All problems in our society are at their core about money. This is seen especially when we talk about schools. The problem is simply that schools want the most amount of money possible to provide the best service to their students possible but the government wants to give out the least amount of money possible because nothing looks better for re-election than a budgetary surplus. So the problem is money and the solution to money problems is more money. The new government gets more money through taxation and nothing looks worse for re-election than raising taxes. So what's the solution? The solution has several parts that all more or less need to happen. First we need to tax more efficiently. Currently schools are paid for mostly through property which is determined based on property value (that's why low income area schools are poorly funded and higher income area schools are well funded). So we need to fund schools not based on property value of their locations but based on need. Other schools must be given money to modernize and schools with other problems should be funded based on the problems they face. Second we need to fix the long term debt problem we face with long term debt solutions, not short term sequestration and frantic cuts to good programs. Finally we need to make it clear to those in office what we hold important. We need to tell them that schools are our top priority and should be funded that way and if they don't want to listen then they should find a new line of work. We the people need to take back our schools and we the people need to make our voices heard.
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