The “reverse Robin Hood” AV?
Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017
A “technical” change? Um, no.
“Some”? It’s more than “some.”
But how many is it?
* The House Democrats have a spreadsheet which claims 222 school districts lost enrollment between F& 2015 and FY 2016, or just shy of a quarter of all districts. Click here for the list. Some of those lost just a few pupils, but if that continues and the governor has his way, those districts are still going to be hurt.
Of those 222 districts which lost population, 156 were in House Republican districts, mostly Downstate. Click here for that info. Rep. Avery Bourne, a Republican school funding negotiator, has six school districts which lost population, according to the HDem spreadsheet.
Needless to say, the districts which are gaining lots of students are generally in areas that are economically thriving. So a per pupil-based hold harmless would benefit those well-off districts at the expense of those which are struggling.
* What’s needed is a compromise. Allow many of the growing districts to receive more money to help with their expanding needs, but allow districts with declining student populations to hold onto their money.
Just because a district loses students doesn’t mean its fixed costs decrease by the same percentage, after all.