Which Came First: The Failing Schools or The Budget Cuts? - Page 2
Administrators say that students are already choosing to leave the district in high numbers, but severe cuts will only convince more parents to move their children out of what they perceive to be failing schools. With fewer students, the district receives less money, and so cuts are needed again, which makes more students leave and the process continues to spiral downwards.
My daughter has attended the district's preschool for three years now, and will start kindergarten next year. I honestly can't say for certain she'll be attending Columbus City Schools in the fall. We've considered private school, and we are also considering moving out of the district in the near future. I love her teachers, but I don't know if crowded conditions will be good for her, and even the best teacher has a limit on what he or she can do.
This is, of course, only a symptom of the larger issue of school funding in Ohio. And unless a new solution is found, I see this downward spiral pattern happening to more of the lower-income districts. I want to see the schools succeed, but I don't want my child to suffer through the "tough times" while we wait it out.
Christina can also be found rambling at her personal blog, A Mommy Story.
This is an original Ohio Moms Blog post.