The Senate Appropriations K-12 Funding Subcommittee will meet Thursday starting some time between 10 a.m. and afternoon. They will consider HB-1001, the State Budget bill. Here's what it could do to public schools:
Here's what ICPE board member and former school superintendent Dr. Tony Lux has to say about reducing the complexity index:
Reducing the Complexity Index by 14% is outrageous! The Complexity Index was reduced back in 2014 and redistributed primarily to wealthy suburban school systems. Now they want to reduce it again at a time when 54% of school systems have declining enrollments (and therefore reduced funding) and where the Complexity Index is the one element of the funding formula that provides some stability. The Complexity Index is a means to actually assist declining enrollment urban and rural school systems so they could provide teacher salary increases!
Even though legislators may argue that all school systems will see reduction in Complexity Index funding, the declining enrollment school systems - primarily urban and rural - will get a double hit as they lose enrollment funds and then lose even more funds for the neediest students they still serve!!! In the meantime, growing suburban schools systems actually get a bonus: on top of their additional student count, they get the money originally intended for the neediest kids thrown into foundation funding!!
It is robbing the poor to help the wealthy!
Rich vs. Poor - Don't Fall for the Trick
This is what anti-public school forces like to do. They want to divide us. Policies that put suburban schools against urban and rural schools are destructive all around. The budget should be fair to ALL public schools. Stand together!
Senate Appropriations K-12 Funding Subcommittee
Email or call these committee members - and your own Senator before Thursday.
Senator Eric Bassler
Sen. Liz Brown
Sen. Ed Charbonneau
Sen. Jeff Raatz
Sen. Karen Tallian
Sen. Greg Taylor
If you like, copy and paste these addresses into the "to" field of your email.