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EconoMeter: Should schools invest in teachers or tablets?

Construction funding can go to equipment - but should it?


Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO

Operating costs, including facility maintenance and fleet management expenditures, should be covered by the school district's general funding of day-to-day operations. Using bond money to build new facilities and install new technologies, while spending less on repairs and maintenance and avoiding cuts in teacher and staff compensation or prized programs, is obviously not resolving the school district’s ongoing unbalanced budget challenges. This exposes misplaced priorities over student needs, especially considering declining enrollment and superfluous spending for facilities and other “desired” activities. Misuse of capital expenditures should also not be compensated for by asking taxpayers to pay for another bond.