So I’ve been thinking a bit about the whole “get rid of Title I and backfill it with Parcel Tax money” while I’ll discuss that later in another post, what I did discover were some interesting things about how the parcel tax was distributed for the 2012-2013 budget year based on the staff recommendation last year. Now I don’t know if all the money was disbursed exactly as listed in this staff report, but it’s probably pretty damn close.
I’ll caveat this by writing that it’s probably not THAT meaningful since it’s only one year budgeting, but I found it interesting nonetheless.
Unsurprisingly the money was not distributed evenly among all school sites. And unsurprisingly some of the smaller sites, like Franklin and Maya Lin received a disproportionate amount of money when you consider the size of the school. Of course given that the parcel tax indicated that it would “preserve neighborhood schools” it appears that it did just that by funding nearly 20% of Franklin’s overall budget for 2012-2013.
Maya Lin was in its first year of being a magnet school so the start-up costs were probably paid for by the parcel tax as well.
Just for funsies, I charted out some of the numbers such as the percentage of the Parcel Tax Share based on Similar School Type (meaning Elementary, Middle, High School):
And how much parcel tax money there is per student by the individual school:
It will be interesting to see how this compares with the budget recommendations for the 2013-2014 school year.