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A Decade of Budget Cuts Damage Lincoln County Students' Future

April 25, 2000

Lincoln County School District Budget Reduction Fact Sheet:

Funding for Oregon's school districts has changed from a reliance on local property taxes to a system that receives a majority of funds from the State legislature. The Lincoln County School District has been deeply hurt by the state's current formula for funding schools, which is based solely on a per student amount. There is no minimum quality standard or requirement that all students be offered comparable choices of classes. As a result, LCSD has made extreme reductions in the level of services provided to our children. LCSD's budget has been reduced every year since 1991.

$20+ Million has been cut over the past decade!

Estimated Cuts for 2000-01: $3.1 Million

Over the past decade, LCSD has INCREASED THE STUDENT to TEACHER RATIO:

With such ratios, middle and high school teachers must teach 170 to 200 students per day! Such numbers totally eliminate opportunities for individualized instruction - even from the most conscientious teachers.

REDUCED EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

* Many schools no longer offer art, music, 2nd language, daily physical education, or vocational programs. The few remaining elective classes will be cut even further next year.
* Media centers are not staffed full-time. Some are not staffed at all; NONE are staffed by trained, certified media specialists. Just 3 years ago, LCSD had 18 full-time certified librarians in its schools; now there are just two, and they are not school librarians; these two positions are merely administrative and do not include teaching students.
* Schools are falling behind in technology opportunities for students because there isn't money for hardware, software, internet connections, etc. Out-of-date and obsolete software is a major handicap for students.

A SERIOUS LACK OF TEXTBOOKS

In order to keep teachers, the district postponed textbook purchases. Now it's common:
* not to have enough books for every student in a class,
* students can not take books home for homework assignments
* books are so outdated that the teacher has to clarify several chapters by saying, "Now remember, this is what it was like in the 1970's or 80's when this book was printed."

SINCE 1995, LCSD HAS MADE THE FOLLOWING STAFF REDUCTIONS

* Administrative: from 34 full-time positions to 29
* Licensed: from 422 full-time positions to 328
* Classified: from 382 full-time positions to 299
Based on the projected level of funding for 2000-2001, more cuts are planned.

THE PRIORTY HAS BEEN TO SUPPORT THE CLASSROOM

*Since 1992, the budget for school/class programs has increased 9%.
*The budget for Support Services has been reduced by nearly 10%.
*INFLATION SINCE 1992 HAS INCREASED NEARLY 20%. The increased budget for school funding has not even kept up with inflation.

IF ALL THE STUDENTS OF OREGON ARE TO SUCCEED IN THE 21st CENTURY, THE LEADERS OF OUR STATE MUST PROVIDE STABLE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR ALL SCHOOLS. INCREASED STANDARDS WILL ONLY WORK IF ALL SCHOOLS HAVE THE STAFF AND TOOLS NEEDED TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY LEVEL OF SERVICES FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN TO LEARN.