Education: The Problem
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).