Blog #1 focuses on my initial research on the topic of school funding. It discusses school funding in general, and how it is a problem in Philadlephia. It contains information on why their are financial problems in the school district, and the resulting consequences.
I learned another large reason that school funding is a problem, from a website a current SLA student used when they did their project on school funding. It currently has 143 supporters. I do not think that is enough to make a change, and am not sure if I will be able to gather that many supporters or more. There is a place to respond and comment at the bottom. I think this would be a useful way to gather ideas and gain from people who could help suppor school funding.
The article next to the petition goes ever why schools are not being funded fairly. Currently, real estate taxes are what support school funding, which means wealtheir neighborhoods have more money for their schools. The system neglects kids in low income areas, and gives them an unfair disadvantage. Money for school funding needs to be distributed more fairly with a state wide funding system, so all students have a more equal chance at a great education.
I did a lot more research on the specifics of school funding, and exaclty why Philadelphia schools don't have enough money, and what is missing and needed. This website answers common questions on the problems I am still learning about. The Philadelphia school district is the largest in the State, but recieves slightly under the average amount most districts in the state do, which are all smaller then the Philadelphlia district.
I interviewed the principal of my own school, Science Leadership Academy, on school funding, and recorded his answers here. This interview and the research done in order to be able to conduct the interview, gave me my own views on the topic. I feel very similarly to Mr. Lehmann on the matter, and agree that the schools are not being funded well. We hope that there won't be anymore consequences such as the cutting of school programs and positions due to the lack of funding. We both want to change the system, and find more ways to support the school.
I am still planning how I am going to help school funding. I am thinking about making a petition. I wonder if a petition can make an impact, and change anyones mind who has power and control over how much money goes towards funding.
I also learned about programs that work to help fund Philadelphia schools. I have been looking at programs such as Fund for Quality. They are partnered with the William Penn Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund and Public Health Management Corporation. Organizations like these are doing things that I would like to do, and for my agent of change, if I could get in touch and work with something like this, that could be a great option.
Front of Science Leadership Academy
allway where my locker is in SLA