Wednesday, July 10, 2019
TKC READER FACT CHECK: PROPERTY TAX HIKES FOR SCHOOLS FAIL TO HELP KANSAS CITY STUDENTS!!!
A KICK-ASS TKC READER suggests this apropos link in order to get a peek at the big picture amid this Courthouse debate noting that: "The never ending demand for school funding increases has been proven to be a totally futile waste of money and time . . ."
A bit of evidence . . .
CATO: America’s Most Costly Educational Failure
For more than a decade, the Kansas City district got more money per pupil than any other of the 280 major school districts in the country. Yet in spite of having perhaps the finest facilities of any school district its size in the country, nothing changed. Test scores stayed put, the three-grade-level achievement gap between blacks and whites did not change, and the dropout rate went up, not down.
For decades, critics of excess spending for public schools had said, “You can’t solve educational problems by throwing money at them.” To which educators and public school advocates replied, “No one’s ever tried.”
Kansas City settles the argument . . .
The judge may have been misinformed about the solutions. But no one can accuse him of being timid or indecisive. To pay for all the changes. improvements, programs and new schools, he unilaterally increased property taxes 150%, imposed a 1.5% income tax surcharge and, when that wasn’t enough, ordered the state of Missouri to make up for the shortfall.
And so . . .
GIVEN THAT CASH FOR SCHOOLS IS ONCE AGAIN THE INSPIRATION FOR THE CURRENT JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX HIKE: IS THE MONEY JUST GOING TO BE WASTED AGAIN?!?!
You decide . . .