School district should have spent 'rainy day' funding
There is an old saying "Save it for a rainy day." Well in the past two years, it has been a monsoon, and based on state test scores we have let our children down in most of the state, including here in West Linn Wilsonville.
Some have said that there is not enough money given to schools, but that was not true these past years. On Monday, Oct. 3 it was reported the ending fund balance has now for 6/30/22 reached $30.7 million dollars.
For 2020 the amount was $11.9 million and at the end of 2021 the ending fund balance was $24 million.
With all of this saving of money the students were severally "short changed" in their educational opportunities, that they may never get back.
But let us look at Lake Oswego where the ending fund balance remained about the same over the past two years. This resulted in more resources being spent for the students. Much stable state test scores as the COVID resources were spent, not saved.
Then you have the Riverdale School District. Again spending the additional funds provided to help students. They also had basically the same level of stable achievement in state test scores.
So during the pandemic there is proof that the additional funding, when spent did tend to increase educational opportunities in 2020 and 2021. The placing of those funds into a "rainy day fund," well the decrease in positive results demonstrates what happens. Are students deserved better, but it is not going to happen. 'What we do know is talk is cheap.
John McCabe is a West Linn resident.
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