The financial goals of a school district are set based upon its program goals, which are adopted by the School Board of Directors at the recommendation of the Superintendent. Although school districts operate under local government control, school districts’ goals are typically developed around Federal and state education policies and the funding attached to successful implementation of those policies. The annual School District Budget is the financial plan to accomplish the District’s program goals.
Inadequate funding yields inadequate programs
Federal and Pennsylvania funding remains stagnant despite the increasing costs to school districts incurred by charter schools, special education, state assessments, and pensions. At the same time, some funding is awarded to districts on a sliding scale based on performance on state assessments, which means some school districts get more funding than others.
Pennsylvania has already declared that funding of education will not be increased for the 2013-2014 School Year, and has also declared that UDSD did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2012. To cover funding shortfalls, school districts must either increase property tax revenue, or cut services.
Increasing costs and stagnant funding will likely yield:
- More cuts to the UDSD educational programs and school-based services
- Additional property tax increases
- Growing perception that UDSD schools are failing
- Lower property values/re-sale values of the homes