Inequity of Colo. school fund­ing

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: John Con­lin, Richard De­anda,

“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.

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