Alert: Funding Priorities and Possible Senate Action
This from a reader (with some emphasis added by me):
|At 9:30 today Senator Anderson will attempt to amend the Common Education appropriation bill to redirect SDE REACH funding and other vendor or non-public school based appropriations into the State Aid Formula. Please contact your Senator for support.
Talking points to share with your Legislator:
Only $21 million out of the $74 million will go to the funding formula to pay for day to day operations.
The 2014 funding formula will be $200 million short of what it was in 2009 with approximately 40,000 more students.
Over $40 million from the Common Ed budget will go to SDE vendor based programs or special projects. This number will increase by over $10 million in 2014. These programs include:
The 2014 Oklahoma budget will be the largest budget in state history while the common education appropriation will still be $124 million less than 2009.
The SDE Agency budget is at an all-time high with a 30% increase in testing and several new agency determined grant programs.
The common education share of the state budget has dropped from 36.1% to 33.8% since 2008.
33.8% will represent common education’s smallest share of the state budget since before 1991.
Call your state senator early and often. Remind them that when we fail to fund basic services through the formula, the reforms don’t have anywhere to land. Paralyzing district budgets in favor of SDE and vendor-based programs is not better for anyone…except the vendors.
Also, remind them that the biggest vendor of all – CTB/McGraw-Hill – is a colossal failure.