Every national or local evaluation of education spending indicates about four dollars are locally gained for every dollar spent on public education. Furthermore, because of the extremely low bond interest rates now available, the return is even greater. We would be really penny wise and dollar foolish to pass up these historically low financing rates.
Mr. Williams’ often-stated opinion that only property-owning taxpayers should have to pay school taxes is without supporting facts. Firstly, every person living in Weatherford pays school taxes, either directly or indirectly. He apparently still believes landlords don’t pass property tax on to their tenants. If he talked to any landlord, realtor or rental agent in town he would stop voicing his beliefs as facts.
Mr. Williams also states high school graduation rates and academic achievement are falling. This is simply not true! Every survey, nationally or by state, show both improving. The greatest improvements have been in school districts, which have increased academic spending and promoted parental involvement.
I always laugh when I hear people point to the superior results in private schools, but omit that private schools charge parents about twice as much per school year as public schools receive. Ask any superintendent what they could achieve with twice as many dollars as the state provides.
You might also ask public school principals and boards of education how much further they could stretch every dollar if they must only accept students with no economic and learning disadvantages and only those that have better educated parents, who are devoted to their children’s education? The claim that school funding and educational achievement are unrelated is one of the greatest intentional lies in education.
The exceptional educational achievement in other countries is based on entirely different school systems. School years and days are longer. Not to mention the most successful systems do not include students, from all levels of society. For example, in China about 300 million of the country’s 1.5 billion citizens can attend, and are counted, in the most successful urban schools. With the exception of senior communist party members children, all higher education is based on competitive national exams and not on their parents’ ability to pay.