Rich James’ March 3 opinion on school funding is liberal drivel.
It would be refreshing if a 1 percent funding increase became available to schools rated A or B. The current funding formula for K-12 schools is skewed to reward bad performance. The students from areas with more socioeconomic difficulties already receive nearly twice as much funding as students from better performing and possibly more affluent school districts, but this has not helped them attain better school ratings. The taxes from the more affluent communities pay for funding these struggling school districts.
If the more affluent school districts actually get a 1 percent funding increase for their excellence, I feel it is their just rewards. The state cannot continue to take from the excellent school districts and reward the failing districts without seeing the more affluent districts begin to struggle.
Excellence should be rewarded, not punished, as the current funding formula does.
- Sheryl Georgas, Munster