The debate over education in the United States has reached a fever pitch with teachers and students throughout the nation upset at the lack of funds and attention from the federal government to Connecticut schools. The Connecticut education system continues to be underfunded, even though the state legislature has passed several education reform measures designed to improve the quality of our public schools. Teachers have been requesting more funding for years as the cost of educating our children continues to rise. While no one can deny that our nation’s public schools need funding to survive, there is no denying that Connecticut is seeing a lack of funding due to the failure of Congress to pass adequate funding bills.
The lack of funds for our state’s public schools is not solely the fault of the state governments. There are several private school districts that have also cut back on their budgets in an effort to conserve funds. Even the state university system has taken a hit by the lack of federal stimulus money and is currently working to increase its endowments and contributions to programs. These actions by the private school districts are having a profound effect on the quality of teaching in our public schools. The quality of instruction in our Connecticut public school system will ultimately determine the quality of life for our children.
As a result of these reductions in funding, many Connecticut school districts are now looking to raise property taxes in order to help provide the schools with the necessary funding. Some have actually asked for increases in the rate within three years. If this happens, it will be a clear example of a broken promise made by the politicians in Washington to provide our nation’s children with an excellent education. If enough people speak out and support these types of initiatives, the representatives of these Connecticut school districts will see that they will have very little opposition if they increase property taxes.