Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

School Funding in the Tank

The Save Duval Schools organization has been making the rounds to alert Duval County citizens about the lack of school funding. While lawmakers pat themselves on the back for protecting public schools, the fact is that school budgets for the upcoming year will be held together with duct tape and paper clips; or rather, federal stimulus dollars and local property taxes.

Legislators (in a sleight of hand) say they’re boosting per-pupil spending for the upcoming school year. In reality, state funding is going down – way down. Here in Duval County, it will drop by about $500 per student according to Save Duval Schools.

What will happen when the federal stimulus funds disappear in 2 years and local property tax revenues which go to fund schools continue to drop like a rock?


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