According to this Blade article Toledo Public Schools are likely to get another $2.8 million dollars from the state. Why? Because Gov. Ted Strickland's new education plan is targeted toward low property value school districts.
Is there anyone else out there who sees the serious inequity in this plan? Toledo Public Schools - which spends more per student than all but one other district in the county and has the worst test scores to show for it - is going to get more money. But a school system like Anthony Wayne (which has the second highest scores in the county) will see no additional funds from this plan?
The overall problem with the plan is that it focuses on dollars and property values, incorrectly assuming that areas with low property values are not funding schools to the same degree as areas with higher property values. The error in this assumption is readily recognizable in Toledo.
And then there's the whole issue of eliminating the vouchers...let's just force all the kids who've escaped from failing schools back into those failing schools - after all, it's more important to preserve the system than to focus on a good education for the child.
And, of course, we have our own Sen. Theresa Fedor quoted on WSPD 1370 AM saying that elimination of the vouchers is a good thing because so many failing charter schools have not been shut down. But this same philosophy of shutting down failing schools doesn't apply to a PUBLIC school - oh no...we're going to give those failing public schools more money!
Somehow, I think the focus of the new Strickland Education Plan is more about payback for support from the teachers' unions than it is a thoughtful way to address our educational problems... Besides, we all know it's easier to throw money at a problem than it is to actually solve the problem in the first place.