Demand the Ida School Board Spend Surplus Funds on Students

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPENDING AT IDA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

FACT: Your education tax dollars are supposed to be spent on instructional supplies and personnel for the education and benefit of students.

FACT: Tax dollars that should be spent on the students, supplies, and instructors are being held in a “savings account.” According to The Michigan School Business Officials, Ida has twice the savings it needs.

FACT: If the district were to spend your withheld tax dollars on the students, each classroom would have an additional $67,000 to spend toward improving the students’ education.

FACT: A recent analysis of Ida’s finances compares Ida Public Schools to 7 other comparable school districts. The study reveals that although Ida has the highest fund equity (“savings”) of all districts surveyed, it spends less on its instructional staff than 6 of the other schools.

FACT: From 2013 – 2016 an average surplus of $689,00 has been essentially hidden within the district’s budget. In 2016, alone, the district had a surplus of $1,000,000 which it misrepresented in its budget. This is done by shifting money from the General Fund to a “Capital Projects Fund.” The shifting of assets creates the illusion of an insolvent General Fund.

FACT: The Ida School Board wants to increase the fund surplus even more by eliminating some teachers and classroom aides. Fewer teachers and aides will result in increased class sizes. This means less individual attention for each student.

FACT: The proposed cuts are aimed, in part, at Special Education, which is funded almost entirely (90%) by the Monroe County Intermediate School District (ISD), not by Ida Public Schools. Why cut a desperately needed teaching position that costs the district almost nothing?

Ida is hoarding money that should be spent on students. Tell the Board to focus on the students, not on growing the fund equity. Stand with us in saying, “Keep all teachers and classroom aides.” Spend education tax dollars on students!

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5 names politicians use to sell private-school voucher schemes to parents

Reblogged from Education Votes

As a service to pro-public education advocates everywhere, Education Votes is going to highlight our top five names used by politicians to sell voucher schemes to the public.

  1. Opportunity Scholarships: A voucher that can be used for a wide range of items connected to attending a private and/or religious school, including tuition, transportation, equipment, and other expenses.
  2. Parental Choice Scholarships: Functions like opportunity scholarships. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which recently announced plans to up its game promoting vouchers, is peddling its own model of this type of voucher legislation.
  3. Tuition Tax Credits: Provides a state or federal income tax credit for private and/or religious school expenses, including tuition. In some states, instead of a tax credit, it’s a tax deduction.
  4. Education Savings Accounts: An investment account, similar to a Roth IRA, where money for private-school expenses can be saved. ESAs provide tax-free earned interest, as long as it’s used for tuition and other education-related expenses. Education savings accounts generally benefit families who can already afford to send their kids to private school.
  5. Charitable Tax Credit: Allows individuals and businesses to take a tax credit for donating to private, non-profit organizations that provide private school vouchers. It operates like a tuition tax credit, but, in this case, the tax credit shifts to the individual or businesses making the donation.

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Ida Public Schools: Financial Trends and Analysis

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