Stretching the School Dollar

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It's time for folks in the Keystone State to recognize that the current fiscal crunch will take more than a little short-term pain to resolve.

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Joshua Dunn
Associate professor in political science, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Guest blogger Joshua Dunn writes that a Colorado judge blatantly breached her constitutional duty in ruling that the state is underfunding education by more than $2 billion a year.

In case you missed it, Terry Ryan wrote a great post yesterday on the potential implications of Ohio's funding crisis for education in the state:

Ohio’s newspapers ran headlines today warning, “Money
crunch pushes Downtown roadwork way back
,” “Local
highway projects face delays
,” and “Last
phase of I-75/I-475 project stalls
.” The financial problems facing Ohio is
scaling back big time infrastructure projects that have been in planning for
years. According to the Columbus Dispatch
the Ohio Department of Transportation “proposes pushing back 34 projects that
had been planned to start by 2017 to dates as far off as 2036.
Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation,
captured the problem when he told the Cincinnati
Enquirer:
"Unfortunately, this
is Ohio’s new reality. For too long, previous administrations have added more
and more to the list of projects knowing that there were more projects than
funds available. Their poor planning has put us in the position of making the
tough decisions and delivering the bad news to many communities throughout the
state that there is simply not enough money to fund their projects."
In reading about the woes facing Ohio’s highway improvement efforts
I couldn’t help but wonder if education in Ohio doesn’t face problems of
similar scale.

It's worth a read....

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