In addition to meeting the demands of No Child Left Behind, many school districts are facing an escalating issue of decreased revenue and funding. These problems are not limited to Illinois, but felt in several other parts of the country. This paper will investigate the way that lack of funding has affected Kansas City, Missouri.; Detroit, Michigan.; and Jersey Community School District 100, in Jersey County, Illinois. Additionally, this paper will explore the financial cuts that have been made to personnel, programs, and buildings in the Jersey School District, and the plan that the school district is considering to meet the financial crisis in the future.
Lack of School Funding
In addition to meeting the demands of No Child Left Behind, many school districts are facing an escalating issue of decreased revenue and funding. These problems are not limited to Illinois, but felt in several other parts of the country. In addition to other school districts across the country, Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan.; and Jersey Community School District 100, in Jersey County, Illinois have all faced economic hard times. All of the aforementioned districts have had to make financial cuts to their personnel, programs, and buildings. While the districts have already made financial cuts, they continue to look for ways to cut even more and plan for a future that is financially bleak.
The School Board in Kansas City, Missouri, facing a $50 million budget shortfall voted to close twenty nine schools by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. According to Education on MSNBC.com (educationonmsnbc.com),
The board voted 5-4 after parents and community leaders made final pleas to spare the schools even as the beleaguered district seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall. Administrators say they had no choice because without the cuts, the district would have been in the red by 2011.
The vote to close twenty nine schools will close nearly half of the Kansas City Public Schools. However, under all the scrutiny, the Board of Education voted to do so with the hope of staying in the black and continuing to provide sound education for the students of the Kansas City Public Schools.
The population at the Kansas City Public Schools has continually declined since the 1960's. When the vote to close the twenty nine schools was taken in March, 2010, there were less than eighteen thousand students enrolled in the Kansas City Public Schools, which is half the number of students enrolled ten years ago, and seventy five percent less than the peak enrollment during the late 1960's. Therefore, some of the school buildings were at fifty percent capacity which was one factor that helped the Board reach their decision. While the decision was split, five to four, some of the members of the Board must have had the same opinion as some of the community members that were unhappy about the decision. (educationonmsnbc.com).