- While kids get a 5% cut, administration in the state Department of Education gets a 3.3% boost, $342K more than this year.
- The FY2012 per-student allocation is $100 less than it was in FY2009. Rounds would set schools back three years.
- The budget anticipates a 20% drop in students taking Advanced Placement courses. If we want competitive graduates, we should be pushing more kids to take AP, and backing that push with bucks.
- The number of school districts offering post-secondary dual-credit courses drops from 20 to 6. If that's a local decision, that's bad. If that's a state budget cut, that's worse. And yes, the governor is proposing a quarter-million-dollar cut to dual-credit support.
Our kids or our corporations: who should pay?
p.s.: New Dept. Ed. data show fall 2010 K-12 enrollment at 123,629. Multiply those kids by the $240 per student by which Rounds would reduce the funding formula, and that's $29.7 million in cuts.
pp.s.: If you think a 5% cut from Pierre would save you money, think again: the SD Budget and Policy Project reminds us that your local school district (and health care providers) will come a-shifting those costs to you one way or another.