A financial crisis is not something that just happens. There are many factors that have led to the situation at Lakota. Below are two of the big ones. In short, the reason that the group against the levy has emerged is in response to the irresponsibility shown first at the state level, and second at our obligation to bring the costs down before we consider funding at the level the state is insisting on.
The first part of the problem with the funding of Lakota Schools comes from the fact that the state cut funding to our district. How did we get to this financial crisis?
This is a chart of how the state government distributed funding across the state. As Mike said, he’s right, Lakota is viewed as a wealthy district, and the plan was to send the administrators back to the community even though we all pay our taxes to the state already.
Here Mike Taylor announces the second part of why there is a problem. At the end of this video, he talks about the amount of money that teachers make. He clearly believes what he’s saying.
He’s been a part of education for so long, he can’t relate to what life is like outside of education. “They don’t make enough for the job they do.” He points to other districts, and says the wages are on par. Just because it’s broken everywhere doesn’t mean we will fund a broken system in our own district. So because the wages have migrated into the ranges they currently are, and because the state won’t support the structure, if it is left to the local community, we are going to insist that the costs be reduced to something we can properly fund. That is our answer to the state.