Inequity of Colo. school funding
“Election results reveal disparity in education funding,” Nov. 30 Megan Schrader column.
There has never been found any correlation between increased school spending and improved educational outcomes. Never. So bleating about disparity in school funding as an attempt to improve student performance is a willful distraction.
The problem with Colorado’s K-12 public education is not financial disparity but rather K-12’s top-down “we-know-best” system design. If we want to quickly and assuredly fix K-12, we must unleash the wonders of freedom. It works everywhere it is tried, and K-12 is no different.
A simple solution would be to give parents full control of all the money used to educate their children — in some sort of state-regulated environment, of course. This one move will unleash the wisdom of millions and doesn’t cost an extra dime. Perhaps we should give this a try before once again asking taxpayers to reach into their pockets “for the children.”
BBB Using local property tax to fund public schools increases unequal opportunity and further segregates our communities. Colorado should enact legislation requiring districts to track how much money is spent per school, as well as average amount spent per student in the district. Accurate data is necessary to assess our schools and implement meaning solutions.