Re: “Funding must get on track” (letter, 11-18).
The writer discusses the need for more state funding of education and mentions the fact that the state presently provides $9,710 per year per student.
The average classroom size is 24 students. This means that the state is providing $233,000 per year per classroom. In addition, 30 percent additional funding is provided by federal grants and maintenance and operations levies at the district level. So each district has about $330,000 per year per classroom. The median teacher’s salary is $58,000 per year. This leaves $272,000 per year per classroom for administrative, transportation and all other costs.
From this analysis it would appear that the problem is not one of inadequate funding but rather one of lack of spending control. If I’m missing something, please enlighten me.