Legislators need to study up on school funding

Once again we come to the end of a session with school districts still wondering how we will fund our staff and programs.

I believe our legislators care about our children and education. They show that. But there are two areas that do not seem to be understood. One is accountability. We are accountable. Every school district has public data on performance. And this state is showing progress with many districts excelling. That question is asked and answered.

The other misunderstanding is about the Base Student Allocation. We have been told not to keep asking for increases in the BSA. But our costs for staff and programs do keep increasing. We are reassured that there will be money, just not built in money. We absolutely appreciate the dollars given for energy and transportation. But responsible school boards do not hire teachers or start programs on “one time money.” If it cannot be sustained we do not start it and then come and beg for money to pay for programs that we cannot afford.

I know on the Kenai Peninsula our Board of Education is very clear about sustainability. I hope our legislators realize this and act on it as responsibly.

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