Hooray! For once, the rain has stopped in time for a field trip. Of course, since it's a picnic with our buddy class, even yesterday's rain is unfortunate. We'll have to squash a bit on the benches.
This article on basic aid districts' finances (vs. revenue limit districts') gets at the vast inequity in school funding that feeds the ability of the haves to ignore the have nots. It also features the basic aid districts' lament - their funding has taken a bigger dollar-per-student hit than revenue limits'. In the last days of Gray Davis, when he threatened the inequity, you heard this a lot.
Of course, when you have three times as much to start with, a bigger dollar cut has less impact. That can't be forgotten. If the Governor presents an all-cuts budget that does not push state cash to basic aid districts down to the actual basic aid level, I predict a future one woman march in Sacramento.
In other news, it appears that this coming year may not yet be the worst for SFUSD finances. I hope that we stop saying "This next one has to be the worst! It has to get better!" because it's so depressing when the next budget cycle comes.
Happily, it looks like I will probably get a Donors Choose grant wrapped up pretty soon, so I should have construction paper next year.