Re: "Classroom equality impossible when levies pay teachers" (editorial, 5-13).
The editorial missed the whole point. All school districts are poor. A few districts are fortunate to have locals who sacrifice to do what the state doesn't do.
Yes, wealthier patrons manage to subsidize their local school districts. They sacrificed to compensate their local schools, children and teachers out of their own pockets because it's needed. We should be grateful to those who can help. Levy money belongs to the locals, not the state.
Shifting levy money to state funds is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Well, Peter is now broke, as are the schools , employees and patrons. It has been difficult to pass levies for many years. Locals deserve a break.
Manipulating funds is not the answer. It is what got us in this mess in the first place. Every school district deserves full funding. The state has underfunded transportation, cut or frozen salary and benefits, broken retirement contracts, ignored the cost of technology (yet requires its use), used skewed data (class size) to cut costs, etc., since the 1980s.
It is time legislators budgeted with responsibility, leadership and courage. Safety, food and shelter come first. That is what education provides for all of us. Don't fault the patrons or communities that stepped up to do what is right.
The editors seem to lack the same abilities as our past legislators: insight, foresight and the courage to make the tough decisions. Stop manipulating and make the right decision.