I must once again give a nod to the Associated Press for pointing out in a news story dated 1/13/09 stating that “School administrators AREN’T expected to back a plan to dictate school spending from the Capitol.”
Nor should they. Under the bill (LB240) introduced by Omaha’s State Senator Pahls, it would be mandatory for school districts to spend no less than 65% of their tax dollars on “classroom instruction.” I’m not sure where Senator Pahls came up with that magic number, but I AM sure that the people who know how to best spend their money are the local school boards. I suppose that it is most certainly within the legislature’s power to make such a decision… but is it within their right? More importantly, is it prudent?
As active and educated voters, ALL Nebraskans should have every right to tell their elected officials (in this case, their local school boards) how their tax dollars should be spent. This bill gives the voter less authority. You vote for ALL of the school board members in your district – You only vote for ONE state senator.
This certainly looks like another bill that we need to keep an eye on.