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Proposal: School Funding

Funding education is important in today’s society. Education offers a place for everybody and let’s people explore different topics. There are states that are funded poorly and it affects education, teachers and the classroom funds. Some schools can’t afford simple classroom essentials. For example art classes can’t afford clay for kids to do projects with because of the funds coming in. Many teachers end up paying out of pocket for classroom supplies for student use. Low school funding can increase class sizes because of amount of teachers laid off. Some schools only have very few teachers for each subject and this makes class sizes increase

The Issue

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Schools in Allegany County are under funded. From closing down schools to class education. Elementary, middle, and high schools need to have more variety of classes and teachers to have a broader learning experience. The reason for closing of elementary schools is because of under funding towards those schools. This can cause problems with parents of the children who have to redistrict, this causing parents to find the transportation for there kids. More funding needs to go to more permanent schools so the school does not close down.

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Students are unable to expand their learning abilities because of minimized advanced placement courses. Schools that are poorly funded have a very few college courses or advanced placement courses. If these classes were available at all schools many students would exceed highly.  

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Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

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Ryan Mowery
School Funding - Allegany County College of Maryland
I am from Maryland and I am currently in college. From my years of being in the public education school system I have recognized many issues with the funding. Too many schools are being under funded and not giving students/teachers the experience they deserve. Students are unable to branch out in the public school system and teachers are struggling because of the class sizes they have because of funding.

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The state government can supply poorly funded schools with resources so students can have opportunities that they may of not had before. Resources such as specified consolers to help students in academic need that are failing classes or need to take more advanced classes. 

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Expected results such as schools can bring in more many for education opportunities. This can provide students with resources to take classes that interest them or will help them in the near future. Also college courses that are taken in high school, the credit will transfer to the college.


The money that is budgeted can be used more effectively towards the classes that are being offered. The cost per pupil should be more than it is currently in our county. Thus helping students progress in their education for their future.

The Conversation

Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
2 years ago
Education is the foundation for a strong American democracy, civil society, and economy.

From whose or which budget do you propose to pay for the increased spending? Or, do you propose raising taxes? If so, whose taxes? Or do you propose making the current inefficient system more efficient? If the latter, how would you do it?

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