I propose to separate the funding of schools general needs and new facility construction. In current law, local school districts are funded with property taxes and a block grant along with the specific requirements on how they are to spend those dollars.
School budgets are currently pressed with increasing class sizes and lack of adequate facilities, leading to reduced learning outcomes for our children. This creates a Catch-22 by forcing schools districts to either maintain essential staff OR construct needed facilities to the detriment of both goals. By disconnecting the funding streams, it will allow school districts to better plan and budget for construction projects while also guaranteeing consistent quality in the classroom.
Splitting funding streams would lead to reduced class sizes and enhance learning outcomes and allow for better tracking of expenditures in a system infamous for waste. Additionally, local districts would have the flexibility of deciding what works best for them as they manage each activity without impacting the other.
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