School Funding Surprise

I have been taking some mental notes as reports of next year’s school budgets being passed in the areas school districts show healthy increases across the board.
Here’s the "stable" news:
Sherwood increased 16%
Tigard Tualatin increased 12%
West Linn-Wilsonville increased 9.5%
Beaverton increased 9%
Hillsboro increased 10%
Forest Grove increased 9%

Voters take note.
Your elected officials have achieved stable school funding without even knowing it.
Of course these are more of the go-go years like the 90s when there was "too much money" and the addiction to spending it all will repeat the calls for even more when the economy takes the next dip.  Demands and lawsuits for the $2 billion "Quality Education (concocted)Model" increase makes for an interesting election year.
And just imagine how entertaining it will be as the endless drum beat to repeal M5, the kicker and double majority pile on.  Along with adding a sales tax of course.
Plus I can already hear the echo chamber that the increases this year are really cuts. It’s deja-school all over again.
  • Don


    This is because their enrollment is going up. The problem with PDX Schools is enrollment will drop for about the next five years. When I was a student at Lincoln HS only ten years ago, the district was around 55-60,000. Now its around 45,000 but due to the BS union contracts and too many buildings, the district has to contract in a major way that say, Beaverton, does not.

  • Marvin McConoughey

    As a general theme, when enrollment goes up, the song is that more money is needed. When enrollment drops, more money is demanded per student because of maintenance and overhead, When enrollment is static, more money is allegedly needed to overcome past cuts. All fiscal and enrollment roads lead to calls for more money.

    It is instructive to compare our state spending on teacher salaries with other states, Ample statistics are available to show that Oregon is fabulously generous with teacher pay and benefits.

  • I doubt that there is any question that had the school funding been raised 20% they still would have cried, “Poor”. It’s a perpetual mess that stems from poor leadership and union control of the education budget. The budget process for schools begins with the question, “What do we want?” By funding auxiliary programs first they can purport that the classroom is under funded because they spent all the money on the tertiary needs first. It’s very frustrating as a student to see the waste that goes on at school.

    The greatest problem is the focus of schools. Our school systems have shifted their purpose from cultivating future members of society to employing the greatest number of people to make sure that we can indoctrinate the youth of society with a dependency attitude for the remainder of their life.

    There is no question that the single greatest factor between the successful private education system and our lackluster public education system is the union control. Unions force schools to have these crazy programs that hire union workers to do less than needless jobs. The union’s sole purpose being that they want to increase their own power through numbers and dollars from union dues.