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Education: The Problem

Updated on December 9, 2012

In today’s society, the funding for education has become a relevant and serious problem in the eyes of school district boards across America. The main problem is that there is not enough money received in order to buy supplies, equipment, or pay teachers. Some individuals say the problem is because of the local governments inability or lack of concern to solve the problem. While others say it is due to the various tax percents in each state and low income individuals not being able to pay high property taxes, which would result in better funding for education. The main reasons why funding for education is a problem is because of varied tax percent rate, property taxes, and the state and local governments depending on property taxes to pay for everything (Governing 107).

Similarly, the tax rate in each state is different depending on the location, the state’s history, your income and laws that are implemented in that state (Public 1). The location of where you stay plays a part in your tax rate because of the difference in businesses, the different laws each state has, and the amount of money that each state is given (Public 1). The state’s history is due from the different wars that have occurred, the race of the people that have migrated there, and the political views of the majority of people that stay in that state. The higher your income, the higher your tax rate. The more that you increase your income, the less you can claim on your taxes, and the more that the state claims in your taxes. The laws in each state differ due to the political views of the residents, the type of government that is set up in the state, and the candidates that are either republican or democratic (Mondale 5).

Likewise, property taxes are the second largest source of tax revenue for state and local governments. (Governing 106) Property taxes help raise tax revenues, producing a lot of money for local governments (Public 2). Sales taxes go to state governments, but mostly all of property taxes goes to local governments (Governing 106). As a result, state and local governments are technically in charge of the funding for education. The local governments should realize that education is one of the major important issues in America. Education helps others to become more knowledgeable, have a higher income, obtain better jobs, and leads to a better retirement.

In addition to, another reason for the problem with funding for education is because of the state and local governments depending on property taxes to help pay for everything. The government use the property taxes as a way to provide a way for us to receive education, wages, and income tax (Governing 107). The government should try to help solve this problem by funding education in other ways then solely using property taxes. The government should use other taxes such as sales taxes or sin taxes in order to help fund education (Public 2). Another solution to help fund education instead of using property taxes is to take more out of taxes than before. Whenever someone is suppose to receive an income tax back instead of taking a little out maybe the government should take more out in order to receive more money in return.

Similarly, the best way to solve the funding for education is sadly to charge more for books, insurance, admittance in to school, application fees, etc. Even though using this as a solution would create a hardship on families and their students, it will help in the long run to help provide their child with a great education. Another solution to help fund schools and teachers more is to have fundraisers. Fundraisers are a great way to raise a lot of money for a great cause such as providing education for our children. All in all, education is a serious issue and should be addressed immediately. The children of today deserve an education and should be allowed the opportunity to have one. The funding for schools have gone down over the years which has lead to strikes from teachers, damaged equipment being used, out of date books being used, and activities being taken away from these children.

Overall, the benefits for providing education to children are numerous. One benefit for increasing the funding for children is that teachers wouldn’t strike and stop teaching students due to them not getting paid or raises being made. Another benefit is that the children are provided with up to date equipment that would help them to learn the material that they need to learn. A third benefit of funding for education is that the children are provided with the necessary that they need in order to learn and in order for the teachers to teach. A last benefit of providing better funding for the children is that activities such as dance, choir, basketball, and track won’t be taken away. These activities allow children to socialize, express themselves, and to be creative. Without these activities the children wouldn’t be allowed to freely express themselves the way that they want to or be able to make friends from socialization.

In conclusion, one of the main problems in society is providing better funding for education (Mondale 6). Low funding for education is due to the varied tax percent in each state, property taxes, and the state and local governments depending on property taxes in order to pay for education. Instead of having a varied tax rate in each state, instead each state should have the same tax rate so that everyone can pay the same amount of taxes. Instead of property taxes paying for everything, there should be alternate solutions that can help better fund for education. Such as other taxes or holding onto more income tax than before. The benefits of funding for education help our children to learn at a better rate, have up to date books, equipment, and the activities that help them express themselves by being creative and socializing with other individuals (Mondale 8).


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    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @tamarawilhite I agree with you! Cutting out what isn't necessary will help with funding and other sorts of things.

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      Tamara Wilhite 

      5 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      The problem with educational funding is bureaucracy. Too many administrators, assistants, counselors, advisers, support staff, regulators, legal personnel and aides. It is insane that good teachers leave the classroom to make twice as much as administrators. The number of teachers to administration and non-classroom personnel is approaching 1:1 (as many janitors, admins and aides as actual teachers), sucking money out of the classroom.

      We need to apply lean techniques used in business for years to school bureaucracy. You can fund all of the teachers, supplies, text books and facility maintenance by cutting out the overhead.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Michael thanks for the positive feedback

      and i feel the same as you do if we were to realize that we are helping the children then maybe more things and this problem might be able to be solved further down the line.

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      torrilynn, i congratulate you for writing an informational hub on a controversial topic such as this. although many people will show their side of the story it will only serve to tell what axe they have to grind.

      i am a collge student and will soon get my degree as a English major. The problems are many in education but the subject is so polarized that it is hard to find the answers that will solve the many problems . The biggest thing we should all keep in mind that we are trying to help the children and then maybe we could solve their needs.

      Thanks for the great hub, well written .


    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you and yes it is. This issue needs to be solved sooner rater than later.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for this well thought out explanation of school funding. The problems in education are enormous.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @billybuc thank you for your comment and i feel the same way

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good points! I was a teacher for eighteen years, and there is no doubt that funding has diminished over the years. Quite frankly, there are quite a few things wrong with education, but I don't have the time of space here to list them all. :)

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @HSchneider thank you reading and understanding. Yes education is a major problem and should be fixed immediately.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for reading my hub. i believe the other reasons you listed as why education receives low funding is accurate as well.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate what you have said.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good thoughts on education and written so genuinely.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      As the parent of two full time college students I propose that

      the exorbitant cost of instructors and their retirement benefits create greatly to the problem. The textbook industry is another big scam that adds to the cost of college costs. I believe we paid over $1,000 for books this semester for the two students. How often is there new information to add to an Algebra book? Literature books? Literature written a hundred years ago hasn't been revised, by anyone but editors. Why do professors need to change the edition, they use or don't use every semester, rendering used books obsolete. Why do students do better on tests when they study from the internet, than the book. Why is it some profs don't use the book you had to buy?

      What will happen to textbooks as more student go to e-readers?

      Have you wondered why you need to take a human sexuality course or abnormal psychology for a degree in, well you name it degree. Another kid had to retake 15 units of undergrad work done at his community college to graduate from his state school. The reason?

      He needed to complete 15 units of undergrad work at the four year school. He received the credit but they wanted more of his money. That was 7 years ago. They difficulty in getting classes now with that policy could cost a student two semesters. Somebody in education is making lots of money and it isn't the graduates.

      Voted up and interesting

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      Howard Schneider 

      6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are right, Torrilyn, that funding of education is a major problem. It is unfair to leave poorer districts with a funding deficit just because of lower incomes. Several years ago, my state of New Jersey brought a suit to our Supreme Court to change the funding system. NJ now must provide added aid to poorer districts to make up the property tax deficit.


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