Florida TaxWatch: Schools must spend smarter
Times are tough. Money's tight. School districts leaders across Florida are talking about layoffs, program reductions and more.
Florida TaxWatch suggests there must be a better way. In a report issued today, the watchdog organization posits that the state and schools can set better spending priorities that will help cut the fat without hurting student learning. It offers 10 concepts to get to the heart of the matter. Among them:
- Eliminate unnecessary duplication of services.
- Streamline bureaucracy.
- Spend less on non-instructional programs and services. (They don't say 65 percent solution, but the sentiment is there. And notably, and perhaps controversially, the group includes student transportation in this category.)
- Maximize flexibility. (Think class-size amendment here.)
- Examine big-ticket items for return on investment. (TaxWatch particularly likes Voluntary Pre-K.)
"Every dollar we can redirect into the classroom can actually increase student performance," Dominic M. Calabro, the group's president and CEO, said in a news release. "We must free ourselves and our children from excessive bureaucracy that gets in the way of classroom instruction."
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