Shameless plug for tonight’s meeting of Christina’s Citizens Budget Oversight Committee Meeting: 6:30pm @ Gauger-Cobbs Middle School 50 Gender Rd, Newark, DE.
It’s a rough time right now in public education. Massive cuts in state funding have sent Districts into a panicked frenzy trying to figure out how to mitigate the cuts, if it’s even possible. Governor Carney’s proposal would see $37 million in funding for public education be scrapped as one of the measures to help balance Delaware’s lopsided budget. Current projections put the State $395 million in the hole. We still have a couple DEFAC and JFC meetings to go and it’s entirely possible that number could change.
What’s not going to change though is the fact that the budget and any proposed cuts are now in the hands of the General Assembly. The members of which are considerably easier to approach and communicate with than our Governor or anyone in OMB. Importantly, you should arm yourself with some knowledge on what’s going on, or being proposed.
Delaware education funding is overly convoluted and complex and when any changes are proposed, such as are found in the Governor’s proposals, it makes it that much more challenging to grasp what’s going on and what could be going on tomorrow.
I’d like to try and help with getting to know what the Governor’s proposals mean in terms of education funding reductions. I’ll preface this by stating that I’m not an accountant, auditor, or financial manager. I’m a dad of two kids in a public school district in Delaware who, for unbeknownst reasons, spends a lot of time trying to figure out just how in the hell education funding works (or doesn’t work) here. I think I’ve put this together accurately as of today (5/17/17).
I’ve been working on this for quite a while, and as of today I’m mostly comfortable with what I’ve researched and believe to be an accurate (and as simplified as possible) presentation of what’s going on, sprinkled with my sense of humor in some places. Which, if you know me, is pretty…bad.
Any updates from DEFAC or JFC will require revision, of course. So let’s call this Version 1.0.
Comments, questions, concerns are welcome. Click the screengrab below to open the PDF: