ERIC Number: EJ759570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-12
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Group's "65 Percent Solution" Gains Traction, GOP Friends
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v25 n7 p1, 18 Oct 2005
An effort to require school districts to funnel 65 percent of their budgets directly into classrooms is gaining traction in several states. Governor Rick Perry of Texas signed an executive order in August mandating that school districts implement the 65 Percent Solution, as the idea is called by the nonprofit group organizing the effort. It also has been endorsed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the leaders of both chambers of Arizona's legislature, and other top state officials. While the group pushing the idea is led by a businessman with a bipartisan background, all of those politicians are Republicans. The group spearheading the effort is targeting states where Democratic governors are expected to face tough re-election fights. As a result, discussions about the merits of the idea may be overshadowed by questions about the proponents' motives--particularly as an internal document suggests the drive is indeed intended to bolster Republicans. The national consultant spearheading the effort said that the organizing group, First Class Education, is not aligned with a political party, but is committed to a "simple and intuitive" idea that is politically popular. However, many educators oppose the 65 Percent Solution because, they say, it would force schools to cut employees, such as school nurses, who play important roles even if they are not part of academic programs.
Descriptors: State Officials, School Districts, Educational Finance, Politics of Education, Politics, Budgeting, Expenditure per Student
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Minnesota; Texas