Pilot would test more flexible school funding Matthew Albright, The News Journal
School leaders say that system doesn’t leave them much flexibility to adjust their staffs to meet different needs. If a principal thinks his school could be best served by adding another teacher rather than a custodian, for example, the rigid rules of unit count might prevent that from being done.
Gov. Jack Markell has proposed in his budget for next year a pilot program that would let up to five school districts receive 10 percent of their total unit value in cash. The districts would still need to meet all the requirements for things like appropriate services for special needs, and the right number of school nurses. But they would not be bound by the stricter unit count rules.
As Governor Jack Markell jumped on the Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and no The Smarter Balanced Assessment train he undermined local control. He ignored the obvious that flexible needs-based fund would better serve at-risk student. Millions upon millions of dollars were waste in Markell’s wrong-headed Wall Street laced agenda.
Our embattled lamed-duck governor has painted himself in the corner and now he’s decided to take off his blinders. Though we need to move forward on weight-funding, I think is best to wait until Markell is out of office. Also, no doubt we need needs-based funding but without greater transparency we could be settling the stage a blank checkbook policy that could do more damage than good. Let’s not forget there is flexible funding being used to support EPER programs. Were is the line between academic equity for all students and extracurricular?