The Importance Of School Funding In The United States

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School funding in the United States is a very hot topic for many people to talk about. Many different states have different opinions on how their schools are funded and how the funding process could be improved. States and local governments are the main source of funding for our nations public schools. Sales and income taxes fund public schools in most states but locally the funds come from property taxes. The wealth of the community effects the funds that are going to their public school because if the community is not wealthy, their schools may not look picture perfect or not in the best condition because of the poverty in the community. School funding in the state of Ohio is done both by the state and locally. The Ohio Lottery plays a major …show more content…
Specifically, the recession of the economy in the state of Ohio has been very low for many years. Public programs have suffered in the state of Ohio due to the economy 's recession. Discussing school funding and how it is done in the state of Ohio, Sweetland (2014) said "The Ohio school funding program is primarily a foundation program that requires local contribution" (page 81). School districts can spend above what they foundation program has provided but this may cause a problem in the future and schools will receive unequal funding. Public policies in the state of Ohio have created room for programs voucher programs. There are many different voucher programs in the state of Ohio but the one provided by the state is EdChoice Scholarship Program. The EdChoice Scholarship programs allows students from underperforming public schools to attend private schools. By going to the Ohio Department of Education website, you are able to see if you child is eligible for this program and what schools they are able to …show more content…
Public schools are made up of elementary schools and secondary schools. Public schools follow stand standards and a specific curriculum in their school districts. Charter schools are publicly funded as well but are independent and can be started by a school district, community, or community leaders, etc. A "charter" or mission statement is created when a charter school is opened and they must uphold to this charter which includes students achievement or the school could be closed. Teachers who chose to work in a charter school are able to create the learning environment that is enjoyable from themselves and their students. Charter schools are becoming more popular because of the quality the education the students are receiving, how important the focus on the children is, and the strength of the community 's involvement. Local Education Agencies which are public schools who are governed by school boards, make the choice of opening up a new school. A Local Education Agency may decide to open a charter school but some states require a board of private citizens make this

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