Last week I wrote to you that Loudoun County pays its teachers less than eight out of the nine regional public school districts. It isn't just teachers who are getting fewer resources in Loudoun than in neighboring jurisdictions. It is the entire district, it is the students and their education.
Loudoun County spends less money per student than eight out of the nine regional public school districts. Only Prince William County spends less.
I ask the same question that I did last week: Is this the extent to which Loudoun values public education? I don’t think it is. I think our budget has fallen out of step with our values as a community. Loudoun is a highly educated, high-achieving community with high expectations for its children’s future. We expect a lot from our school system. We expect the very best opportunities for our kids. Are we dedicating what is needed to give them those opportunities?
The Board of Supervisors sets the school system's overall budget each year. On Tuesday and Thursday, December 8th & 10th, the Board of Supervisors holds public input sessions on the budget, affording you the opportunity to speak directly to the Supervisors. Click here for details. In addition, there is a special email address that goes to all members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many important services for the Supervisors to consider, not just education. Theirs is a difficult job with many voices calling for maximum funding and many voices calling for lower taxes. They must find a path somewhere in the middle, and along that path they will be asking themselves: Should Loudoun be next to last for education funding? They already know what I think. Let them hear the answer from you.
(Washington Area Boards of Education FY2010 Guide)