Government: Educational Finance

Government: Educational Finance

The LWVDV supports measures that involve the community in each district's budget process, keeping in mind the educational needs of students.
Position In Brief: 

The LWVDV supports measures to involve the community at significant points in each district’s budget process, particularly in the setting of priorities. The LWVDV supports balanced district budgets with financing at a level adequate to meet the educational needs of students.

Position History: 

(Established 1992; Adopted by concurrence with positions adapted from an LWV Davis study; reviewed and affirmed annually)

The LWVDV supports the following objectives:

  • Early publication of and adherence to a budget activities calendar which is well publicized throughout the community and which allows opportunities for formal public input through channels such as public hearings and advisory committees.
  • District policies requiring ongoing school-based and district-wide citizen advisory committees which review priorities annually. Such committees shall represent all segments of the community.
  • Early, well-publicized public hearings as a part of the priority-setting process and on other significant issues affecting the budget.
  • Use of the local press and district and school newsletters to inform the public on such matters as current policies, policy changes, agendas of board meetings and hearings, and school board proceedings.
  • Budget documents which are understandable to the community. Such documents should include detailed explanations of numbers, presented in graphic and narrative form; comparisons with previous budgets and actual figures; descriptions of programs that reflect true costs.

The LWVDV supports the following objectives:

  • Determination of class size, services, and programs based on educational needs rather than as a means of balancing the budget.
  • Maintenance of an adequate contingency fund reserved for emergencies.
  • Extended cooperation between school districts, community groups, and governmental agencies in bearing some of the costs of education. These may include such items as recreation, maintenance, transportation, health and welfare, etc.
  • A local tax as a legitimate tool for balancing the budget. (Such support is not to be construed as a blanket endorsement of all local taxes. Each must be considered on the merits of the specific issues and requires membership understanding and agreement.)

 

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Diablo Valley