Florida is Last and First

“””Cutting funding for the school system is the opposite of what needs to be done in order for the nation to have a future. Cutting on medicare or other benefits for the elderly hurts but the future generation will be able to save us from a future filled with a dept crisis like we see today.”””

According to the Duval County school board website, “Florida is 50th when compared to income in total revenue for public education and we have the lowest administrative costs of any state.”

They have had a decreasing budget for several years now and the battle for funding has recently gotten worse, such that they are now considering limiting the bus transportation of students to higher performing schools.

The Florida Constitution states:
The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.
It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for … a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education.”

In Jacksonville public schools, it is estimated that nearly 60% of all incoming freshman will not


graduate on time and that nearly 1/3 of all students will dropout. It should come to no surprise that studies on the impact of making the dropout rate only 1/6 of all students would greatly benefit the economy. We would decrease the number of men and women needing state benefits while increasing the revenue streams.

The Alliance for Excellent Education has put together statistics summarized below for one year of decreased dropout rates:
State and local tax revenues in the region would likely grow by as much as $3.2 million.
350 New Jobs; $55 Million in Economic Growth
$41 Million in Increased Earnings.
$30 Million in Increased Spending; $11 Million in Investment.
$94 Million in Increased Home Sales; $2.5 Million in Increased Auto Sales

Cutting funding for the school system is the opposite of what needs to be done in order for the nation to have a future. Cutting on medicare or other benefits for the elderly hurts but the future generation will be able to save us from a future filled with a dept crisis like we see today.

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