This week the House Education Committee, on a partisan vote of 9-3, passed House Bill 1003. House Bill 1003 affirms increasing teacher salaries but provides no additional funding to public schools to do so. Instead, the GOP calls on public schools to spend differently.
Their mantra is that public schools should spend 85 percent of its funding in the classroom. While this is a noble idea, there are flaws with this approach.
What they do not seem to understand is that unless more revenue is provided, there will be less money to provide custodial, maintenance, secretarial, health, special education and other supports services for students and teachers. Teachers will be doing more than just educating their students if this happens.