The target is 30 million dollars in spending cuts for next year’s budget. The Wichita Board of Education is still about 16 million dollars from its goal, with final budget approval set for August 8th.
Superintendent John Allison has proposed a number of cuts … including slowing down some bond-issue construction and – last week – eliminating 65 to 70 staff positions. The next round of recommendations will be at the building and program level. I’m not sure about the specifics, but we’re told it could mean larger classes and cuts in day-to-day maintenance of the schools.
State and federal lawmakers have cut funding for school districts in trying to protect their own budgets. The danger is that the students will suffer, but I’ve seen no documented evidence that they have; no indication that overall grades are dropping or drop-out rates are up.
The argument at its simplest: does more money mean better education? Does less money equal worse education?
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”