Will Legislators Help or Only Provide a Patch for the Phoenix Schools?
There is a lot of discussion in the news and especially in school districts across the nation about per student spending rates. As noted in the Business Journal of Phoenix, these rates have doubled over the past 30 years, yet test scores and graduation rates have remained the same.
The Phoenix schools would not know what doubling the per student spending rate might do for the achievement of their students. They, along with the rest of the states schools, rank 49th in per student spending next to the bottom! This is according to the Quality Counts 2004 study by Education Week.
Currently, the Arizona legislators have the opportunity to correct this grossly unjust oversight but are still in debate. The state has a $1.2 billion budget surplus to spend. The Phoenix schools and the other schools in Arizona are in dire need of this money, which is a nationally known fact. The state is becoming a laughing stock over its neglected educational system. Yet, those in the State Capitol are debating between using the surplus for education funding, in support of biosciences, or property tax cuts. ...