May 22, 2012
Too Broke for an Education
Education is one of the most funded things in America. People hold fundraisers in its honor and put influential effective educators on a pedestal so other teachers and educators have something to aspire to become. The residents of Indiana are for a public education but many think that government is not. The State of Indiana has been cutting funding to schools since 2002 (Zher).
Since 2010, Governor Mitch Daniels has cut 600 million dollars from K-12 and higher education (Rader).
He stated that he had to make cuts everywhere so Indiana didn’t go more into debt. Yet some school districts get more funding than others. Pamela Walter states “States do not always distribute social funds in an equal fashion, and education is no exception. The more common pattern, however, is for some groups to have access to more or better educational opportunities-even in public sectors-than others (Walters 35).” I believe that cutting the education budget and distributing what is left unevenly, is going to hurt the education of students in this state.
How a school district distributes their funds is simple. About 46.3% comes from the state, 43.7% comes from local taxes and 1.6% comes from the federal government. If the state cuts it percentage and if the house values go down, schools are losing 25 to 40% of their annual budget. Some schools in Indiana have been scrambling to attempt to not have it affect the education of the students. The State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) helped districts limit their budget cuts, but those funds are expected to run out by 2011. According to a survey by the American Association of School Administrators budget cuts are noticeably more significant this school year than they were in either 2008-09 or 2009-10. In the survey, they found that seventy-eight percent of districts planned to cut budgets in 2010-11, up from sixty-four percent in 2009-10. For the 2010-11 school year, thirty percent of districts cut their budgets between eleven and twenty-five percent, which were up from twenty-one percent in 2009-10 (Ellerson 2010).
Private Schools The first position of chapter three is supportive of private schools. This position feels that private schools prevent the public schools from having a total monopoly over education by offering the community an alternative choice. This choice also produces competition with public schools for student enrollment. This position views public schools as something a student must accept ...
Because of the cuts, Districts had to lay off teachers, cut extracurricular activities, eliminate summer school and cut out instructional programs for teachers (“Cutting to the bone”).
The Lake Ridge School Corp. is in one of the better parts of Gary, Indiana but not by much. Students have to come to a school that is almost as old as their grandparents. It hasn’t been painted in a while and it uses hand me down desk and has dreary lighting. No one wants to learn in a place that is as dreary as their hopes for the future. With a bit of updating, students would want to come to school and learn. They wouldn’t dread sitting in a room that has low lighting and cramped class rooms. Morale is low for a Gary school. Lake Ridge and Gary School Corp. have a 79.6% and 66.8% graduation rate. So out of 898 seniors combined, 279 did not graduate. IPS is worse off than the smaller schools. Out of 1635 seniors, only 1056 graduated. That’s 579 people without a high school diploma which is now a requirement for minimum wage jobs.
On the other hand, there is Avon High School. Avon has a graduation rate of 95.1%. Avon is a small suburb outside of Indianapolis and is populated by families with an average income of $75,000 a year. They have a brand new building that is constantly being renovated. It has big open windows and some very bright lights. It’s painted in light colors so the light can reflect off of it and make it even brighter. Students want to come because it isn’t this dreary run down school. It’s a high school that is keeping up with technological innovations. It’s a place that students want to learn in and is ideal.
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The reasons why I can compare theses three school are because I went to all three of them. It gives me first-hand knowledge and experience with a school that has funding and the ones that don’t. I received a better education going to Avon than what I received at Calumet or North Central High School. Why should where I live affect the quality of the education I receive? My teachers at Avon had to teach me the things that my past school never taught me or even heard of. I was always trying to play catch up with things thy learned years ago. There are other people who had to deal with some of the same problems that I had when I was going to school.
Education is like the rungs on a ladder. You need that crucial first step to move higher on the ladder. So by cutting out the first step, how does one go up higher on the ladder? You can’t, at least not safely. The same for education. You need a good foundation in education in order to get a good job and be a productive member of society. You cannot go to college without graduating from high school. You can’t go to high school with going to middle school and so on. Close to 50% of inbound college student do not place into college algebra (Jacobs).
One of the reasons why is over-crowded class rooms in high school and not learning basic arithmetic skills. The questions many College professors have in their head is “How did you get to college not knowing the multiplication table and what the Pythagorean Theorem is?” Some teachers in high school taught their students what would be on a standardized test and not what they would need to learn for college.
The over-crowding in class rooms comes from not having the budget to hire more teachers. School districts were planning on the 5 percent budget increase in 2010 and didn’t get it. So they couldn’t hire the new teachers that they needed. The average teacher salary is $35,500. So to hire the ten new teacher to deal with the over populated classes in high school, they would need almost half a million dollars. Some school districts had to ask their teachers to take a two percent cut out of their salary so the school could try to keep within their budgets.
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A school in Northern Indiana asked for three consecutive years to raise property taxes because what they were getting wasn’t enough to run the school properly and every year they were denied. Eventually the school shut down and had to be combined with a high school that was over thirty miles away. Tax payers would rather send their kids thirty miles away every day for school than to pay a little bit more so they could keep their own high school open. Now the new high school had to figure out what to do with all of the new students that it had acquired which can lead to overcrowded classrooms and overworked teachers. What about all of the teachers from the other school? They are now out of a job and what taxes they were contributing is now going to be lower because they would be collecting unemployment until they can find a new job. Some of the teachers would be hired by the new high school but not all of them because they would not have they space and they would have to take a bigger pay cut than normal. Overall, it’s a big mess that could have been saved with a bit more funding and maybe a temporary property tax raise.
School districts have begun to cut beneficial school programs from the curriculum because it’s becoming too expensive to keep the programs for only a small group of people. Some of those programs like the after school study period, gives the extra help that some people need for their math, English, and science classes. Without these programs, the students who are already struggling are going to fall even further behind. These programs have been proven to help students who need the extra help.
The government is saying that streamlining the budget would get us out of debt a lot faster. We do need to get ourselves out of debt but I don’t think cutting out the school budget is going to help. Since Indiana gets the majority of its income from taxes, wouldn’t they want students to get jobs in the higher tax bracket? That way they could get more money and not have to struggle. They could also raise property tax just a little bit and to cut out some of the tax breaks that big corporations get and collect the money that way. They say schools need to know how to work on a tight budget because they will not always have the budgets that they had in the past or even now. It’s true that schools need to be better prepared for when something like budget cuts happen but the government should have taken it little by little and not a huge chunk of it all at the same time. By decreasing it little by little, it can better prepare the schools and they can have time to save and plan their budget around what they will get. By taking so much in a short period of time, they had to struggle with trying to find ways to still be able to run when so much of its budget was cut out. The government suggested that students do not need the “high tech toys” to earn a quality education.
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That all they do is hinder the education process and give teachers a cop out instead of actually teaching. I disagree with that for many reasons. Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our society and we should have a work force that reflects that. Students should know how to use a computer and how to use the Microsoft Office package on their computers. It is basic computer skills but it does give them a leg up in getting a job. I also don’t think it hinders learning at all. It gives some of the hands on students a chance to get a different method of learning. Sitting down and hearing a teacher lecture for hours on end can get boring and students end up tuning their teacher’s voice out and not paying attention and learning. Now if they had something to do like a Smart Board that was connected to a clicker system, teachers could incorporate questions into the lecture to be sure that student understand the material before they move on to the next subject.
Cutting the budget is going to only make thing worse for the state of Indiana. All of the cuts they are making are pushing people to other states so they can get a better education and more job opportunities. If the government just raises taxes temporarily and to cut the tax breaks corporations receive, they would be in better shape to educate their future residents instead of them living off of it.
Everyone has a different upbringing and with that comes a different education. I had a major change in my education two years ago. Only two years I moved from Germany, where I had done all my schoolwork in German to New Zealand, where I had to do my schoolwork in English and hardly knew anyone. I had to cope with doing my sixth form certificate in English, as well as jump one and a half years to ...
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