Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Help needed

While I'm not entirely sure that after all this time, this lawsuit is actually ever going to go anywhere, I do think the state's counterargument to the 'more money' argument coming from the 50 districts is somewhat flawed.

Sure, more money doesn't merely equal more success, but it can provide school districts with additional resources - teachers, up-to-date textbooks, graduation coaches, technology - and those things can provide a means to boost scores. Likewise, it's beyond disrespectful for the state to underfund education and then pass the buck to the schools by saying 'well, they can raise property taxes if they want' while, at the same time, trying to push legislation which caps property appraisals and just pushed a tax scheme that would have removed property taxes.


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