Currently, the Dallas Independent School District is facing a funding crisis due to state legislators and President Trump’s assertion that the district has enough financial support to sustain an adequate level of education for its children. However, the Dallas ISD feels otherwise, and rightfully so.
Education is one of, if not the most important aspect of a child’s life. For government officials to decide that a school district has enough funding in order to save a little bit of money is a controversial judgment that often yields backlash from the surrounding community. The Dallas ISD is now attempting to seek out its own source of funding, and find long-term solutions that will provide children and students with the best possible education they can receive.
A crucial statistic that officials need to consider when discussing educational funding is the fact that Dallas has the highest child poverty rate in the United States among cities with a population of 1 million or more. Reduced funds to the Dallas ISD can directly result in a lower attendance in poorer students due to the compensation the district must enact in order to stay afloat. Hiking up the price of tuition, provided lunches, and school supplies are just a few things that could quickly turn away families of a lower income, and could potentially contribute to the city’s grim child poverty numbers.
Every professional in the field of education is aware of President Trump’s proposed cuts to public school funding, and the damaging effects they may have on our country’s education system as a whole. While nothing is certain at the moment, there’s no denying that if these cuts were to pass, the quality of education provided to these lower income students will decrease dramatically.
For example, the Dallas ISD’s pre-kindergarten program is currently growing at a promising rate, with students and families in the surrounding area benefitting greatly from the programs offered. But, potential budget cuts threaten to derail this success. Texas Governor Greg Abbott proposed a continuation of his state grant program for pre-K funding, which originally came in at $6.5 million. While an educational budget was eventually passed, pre-K programs were not included. Because of this, the number of new classrooms opened in the coming year will be much lower than the previous, and access to technology will be much more difficult for younger students.
Should the current state of educational funding in Dallas continue at this rate, the future of the Dallas ISD remains unknown. Raising funds for this school district is now more important than ever in order to provide a truly rewarding education to all of its students. You can do your part in contributing through a number of fundraising ideas including clothing drives, crowdfunding, or volunteer and community grants. The ideas are endless, and the necessity of giving children an excellent education is invaluable.