Please take a minute to read and review our perspective on state aid and the Norris District, published in yesterday's Voice News.
Friday, May 17, 2013
A couple days ago I posted this YouTube vid explaining the coming cut in State Aid for the Norris School District and how we believe it reflects some fundamental formula problems and imbalances that, if left unchecked, will result in big problems in school finance for the state of Nebraska over time. Some problems with the current formula:
- More money is going to fewer districts, mostly large metros
- A two-tiered system is being created that shows an over-reliance on local property tax base in districts that have a strong agricultural element
- More tinkering with allowances and adjustments creates arbitrary and capricious ups and downs for districts that invite 'gaming' instead of fair play and equitable distribution.
Norris wants to be part of the solution in emphasizing equitable distribution of state revenue to schools across Nebraska and a better balance between state and local resources.
Thanks for checking out the video!