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May 19, 2005

Audit the District!

Here is one parent's reply to my blog on the Seattle Schools:

The time has come for a complete outside audit of the Seattle School District. Seattle students receive, on a per student basis, more than $2000 more than those in my kids' school district. And yes, we also have English language learners and economically challenged children as well. Seattle has a grandfathered levy lid advantage of 34% while other districts can only locally levy taxpayers at a rate of 24%. While they cry foul on revenue shortfalls, the money has to be wasted somewhere in their system and Superinentendent Manhas was on the right track by looking at the costs of transportation and low enrollment schools. His plan may have not saved enough money given the program driven changes to the buildings involved but sooner or later, Seattle will have to operate large (neighborhood)schools like the rest of us do. There are 925 students at my son's middle school and he had 752 kids at his elementary one year. Other districts are in need of revenue fixes, not just Seattle who wants to hang on to overly costly policy while the rest of us make do with far less. Entering into a contract with the SEA that they could not deliver on was a mistake as well. This new school board seems to be baffled by their own conflicted priorities and lack of fundamental funding basics. Something has to give.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 19, 2005 04:27 PM



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