Re: “Schools chief Randy Dorn sues state, 7 school districts,” (TNT, 7/20).
Suing the state won’t solve the staff funding issue because staffing is a localized issue due to several factors.
It is determined by the needs of students, which are regulated by both state and federal government, but the funding formula may consider them not fundable, such as a 1:1 assistant for a student who may need one for a legal reason. A primordial dwarf requires an assistant because of his or her extremely small size, and students accused of assault would require one out of supervisory concerns.
Schools also could be educating out-of-district students via contracts with other districts due to programs not being available in every district. Teachers with multiple endorsements also demand a higher salary. Most larger districts prefer teachers hold both a state and NBPTS certificate/license.