• bwhite

    School systems funded primarily by property taxes automatically pit wealthy districts with high property values against poorer districts where property values are lower. So has it been, so it will be, as long as this is how we fund public education.Given the history of racial and economic segregation within the housing market, it is no coincidence that communities end up with divergent values, because the housing market is structured into socioeconomic tiers.

    Funding education from a state income tax and/or expanded sales tax base could reduce reliance on the property tax as the primary vehicle for funding education. Attacking racial segregation by supporting equitable housing policies is another.

    Proposals to take public dollars and provide them to private schools or home school families are not going to help the current system and will only make it more challenging for families who do not have those options available to them. Many families cannot home school or lack a private option in their communities. School children also benefit from a public school system that is run by professional educators and accountable to the public that funds it.

  • JKoz

    You left out a significant piece of the funding puzzle. This is the growing burden of teacher’s pensions. It is breaking the bank in Illinois (among several states) so any amount of ‘more money’ will get vacuumed up by retirees and will not find its way into the classroom. So governors and legislatures can expend significant political capital to raise taxes, but in the end it will make no difference to the children. So then what do we do?