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School Foundations Create Gap In Education Funding

The principals of La Jolla and Horton Elementary Schools--as well as your reporters--should do their homework. In this time of state budget cuts to education, all schools are suffering. However, there is a vast discrepancy in the per pupil spending at these schools, which is available to the public in the district's budget book at http://old.sandi.net/budgetbook.pdf. La Jolla Elementary is given $4998 per student, and Horton Elementary is given $6855 per student. This discrepancy in per pupil spending is not unique. Historically this district has spent much less per pupil in schools from more affluent areas. In the 2008-09 school year, foundations were paying for basic schools services and supplies from noon duty supervision and crossing guards to school supplies and copying costs. What parent foundations are doing is trying to level the playing field, to make per student funding closer to equitable.
In fact, even if La Jolla Elementary spends every penny of the $450,000 their foundation raised last year on their students, the per pupil spending at La Jolla Elementary this year will be $5803, which is still $1052 less per student than at Horton Elementary.

September 27, 2009 at 10:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Education Special: Foundations Funding Schools

The principals of La Jolla and Horton Elementary Schools--as well as your reporters--should do their homework. In this time of state budget cuts to education, all schools are suffering. However, there is a vast discrepancy in the per pupil spending at these schools, which is available to the public in the district's budget book at http://old.sandi.net/budgetbook.pdf. La Jolla Elementary is given $4998 per student, and Horton Elementary is given $6855 per student. This discrepancy in per pupil spending is not unique. Historically this district has spent much less per pupil in schools from more affluent areas. In the 2009-10 school year, foundations were paying for basic schools services and supplies from noon duty supervision and crossing guards to school supplies and copying costs. What parent foundations are doing is trying to level the playing field, to make per student funding closer to equitable.
In fact, even if La Jolla Elementary spent every penny of the $450,000 their foundation raised last year on their students, the per pupil spending at La Jolla Elementary would have been $5803, which is still $1052 less per student than at Horton Elementary.

September 27, 2009 at 10:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )