An Effort To Maintain Confusion

From the Federal Register:

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Form for Maintenance-of Effort Waiver Requests Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended

Abstract: Section 8521(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act provides that a local educational agency may receive funds under title I, part A and other ESEA “covered programs” for any fiscal year only if the State educational agency finds that either the combined fiscal effort per student or the aggregate expenditures of the LEA and the State with respect to the provision of free public education by the LEA for the preceding fiscal year was not less than 90 percent of the combined fiscal effort or aggregate expenditures for the second preceding fiscal year. This provision is the maintenance of effort requirements for LEAs under the ESEA.”

This is the confusing language of government that thwarts the efforts of education advocates to change the system.

Our governments, both federal and state, collect tax dollars to provide every child with a free and public education. The fact that some families send their children to private school should ease the financial burden on public education to provide for those children whose families do not contribute to the tax system.

At the State level, the coffers of the education budget are supported by a lottery that boasts payouts in the hundreds of millions, only ten percent of the dollar intake from the lottery. Though ninety percent of the lottery money is to support public education, the majority of the money accrued is, through governmental language, placed into the “general fund” of the state to support anything but education.

When we concentrate on spending our educational tax dollars on providing every child in America with a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential, and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, our efforts will be to maintain that high level of educational success for every child.

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