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Sharply declining state revenues have forced political leaders to consider cuts across the entire state
budget. Even so, Senator A argues that funding for the urban school district should not be cut because
more funding is needed to counter problems particular to an urban setting. Senator B, meanwhile, argues
that funding should be cut because the urban district is not improving its graduation rate. Senator B’s
position is based on an incomplete survey conducted by personal staff members, which indicates that
cutting funding will make the district focus on basic academics. This has also been the result after
decreasing funding for public education in suburban areas in other states.
For the last 12 years, an organization representing parents and teachers in the urban district has argued
for an increase in funds to support programs that encourage students to stay in school and graduate. A
public university conducted a study of the urban school district and recommended that funding be
increased to meet the needs of the urban district. This year, funding for the public schools will be
competing with road funding, a priority for the business sector in the state. A private management
business has offered to take over the urban school district at a lower cost to guarantee a higher graduation
rate. Last year a private school in the same city produced three National Merit Scholar finalists.
Note: Graduation rates do not include students who leave the district without graduating, but who
graduate from another district. Dropout rates in this district are compiled for the twelfth-grade year only.