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Show Me The Money: How California Schools are Funded

California already spends less than most states on its education system. And that was before the Governor proposed cutting $4.8 billion more out of the syste...
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  One way schools are funded, which is about 80%, is by the taxes that the community pays.  The rest is given by the government.  The more students you have the more money you get, but the less students show up the less the school recieves.  One-third of the fund is spent on "categoricals" which could include reducing the class size, but the actual school does not decide what to spend the one-third on, the state and government do.  In California the reason for the schools recieve less is by two propositions.  Proposisiton thirteen limited how much money homeowners and buisnesses had to pay on property tax which lowered how much schools got.  Propositon 98 made sure that schools recieved a minimum amount of funding each year.  This varies by school district and by how well the businesses are doing.

  Though this video was about California this is how every state funds their schools.  I feel as if the fact that schools have to worry whether or not businesses are doing well in order for them to recieve more or less money is shocking.  I also feel that the fact that schools cannot even decided what they want to spend the one-third of the money recieved on is crazy.  I have to ask why would it matter if they decided or not?  What if the school needs an after school program more then they need smaller class sizes?  

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The Wicked Problem of School Funding

What's more complicated than learning calculus? Figuring out how much schools spend to teach it or anything else. Marguerite Roza is the author of Educationa...
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  There is more then one factor to solving the problem of school funding.  For one there is teacher compensation which gives money to teachers who have master degrees. But the biggest road block to solving the problem of school funding is that information needs to be taken.  Right now no one knows how much money is put towards math.  Another problem is that the money is coded into large portions of what is funded.  For instance instruction is a code.  But, the districts do not even know how much is being given per school.  The spending between classes is also a problem.  

  There are many problems that need to be fixed in order to change how schools are funded.  I believe that the districts need to start to find ways to see how much they are spending on everything.  This would allow them to fund schools properly.  If they found ways to actually see what and how much is being funded then money would not be able to be spent on things that are not a necessity.

  I have to wonder how districts have always funded this way.  They give money to schools and know how much they give but only to the point of the schools as a whole.  They do not know how much they give to each individual school. I think that the districts need to find ways to see the actual amount they are giving to each individual school.  

  

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UL Chief: School funding should be ‘fair fight’

UL Chief: School funding should be ‘fair fight’ | School Funding | Scoop.it
Louisiana and the country do a poor job grading colleges on performance, often punishing schools that do more with less, the leader of the state’s largest network of …
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  It seems as if even colleges are getting punished when it comes to funding.  Though some colleges actually have a good graduation rate they still get penalized in funding because what is actually look at in graduation is the students who came to the school freshman year, were full-time students, and graduated within six years.  Most colleges have students who come in as transfers, but these students are not counted towards the graduation rate.  This in the end affects the way these schools are funded.  Even if one school is better then the other, the other school will recieve more funding just because their "graduation rate" is greater. 

  This article actually made me cringe a bit.  I am actually a tranfer to the University of Maryland and to think I would not be a part of the graduation rate makes me feel as if I am cheated.  Yes I transferred, but why would that matter.  In the end I am graduating from the University of Maryland.  Like the article said, "the federal government should revamp the way graduation rates are looked at in order to accurately see which schools are doing a good job and which ones are not."  This would accurately show which schools should get more funding then the other schools.

  Why should whether a student has always gone to one school or a student who has transferred matter to the funding of a school? Also why should schools be penalized if they have more transfers then freshman starters?  I have to ask why are schools not looked at on grades?  Why is graduation looked at?

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Funding Gaps in Public Schools Real Problem for Social Mobility, Not Parents’ Giving

Funding Gaps in Public Schools Real Problem for Social Mobility, Not Parents’ Giving | School Funding | Scoop.it
Inequalities in funding between public schools can greatly effect the social mobility of children from diverse backgrounds as schools in affluent areas may receive more funds than those in high-poverty areas.
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  Public schools with higher-poverty levels seems to get less funding then lower-income families.  Also it seems as though even if there are a high number of students the lower-poverty level schools actually get more per-pupil personal expenditures.

  I do not actually understand why this is how funding works.  I would think that the higher-poverty schools would recieve more money in order to help their students more.  I feel as if it is not fair for these schools.  The fact that they have students who have parents who cannot pay a lot I would think that the districts would do anything to allow these students to exceed in school.  

  I have to ask how is the funding decided?  Do they only look at scores or do they look at other deciding factors?  I have to also ask how do parents feel about this?  I would think they cared and if they do are they trying to do anything to allow their children to recieve the money they deserve?  

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Chinese students a new funding source for US high schools | WDAY | Fargo, ND

LOS ANGELES — Yosemite High School once offered six wood shop classes. Now there are three.
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  It is great that US schools allow international students to come over and get an American education.  These international students must pay in order to go to school in the states, but to them that is the cost of being able to not only get a US education but to not have to compete against others students back at home in order to get into college.  The tuition that the international students pay does help out the individual schools themselves in the sense that extracurriculars can be funded instead of shut down.  Although international students get to come to the states some are misused.  Not only do they pay the schools individually but they pay the companies they are going through twice as much.  Some of these companies seems to only be into the money and not into actually looking out for the students.

  I feel as if having international students come to the states is a great experience not only for the international students but also the students that live here.  Cultures get to be viewed and experienced on both ends.  The fact the students pay the schools to come is great for the schools themseleves.  The school gets to spend money on things they actually need that the district would not be able to give if the international students were not there.  The one thing I have an issue with is that these studets are sometimes getting mistreated by the companies that actually bring them over.  These students are supposed to come here and have adequit living.  It seems as if some do not even have parental supervision when here in the states.  These companies seem as though there are only in it for the money.  

  I have to ask are these companies being looked at by the government and are things going to start to change?  I have to wonder to the parents of these international students know what goes on in the cases where the students do not have good host parents?  Do they try and do anything, or can they even do anything?  I also have to wonder about the money itself.  Does the money that goes to the schools themselves get to be used in any way, or does the district decide what happens?

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