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Angel Alfau Period 9
Throughout the years, certain schools in New York City have become notably worse than others. This a significant issue, specifically in the Bronx. Schools in the Bronx have been found to have some of the lowest graduation rates, and do not provide very good education. Compared to the rest of the schools in New York City, most of the schools in the Bronx are definitely the worst schools. It is difficult for these schools to improve, as they do not have the infrastructure required to solve their issues and therefore cannot improve their quality of education.
Education is extremely important and is a large aspect of the quality of life in a community. Without good education, the quality of life will decline, undoubtedly. This is because education is needed for every community that wishes to develop and advance. According to a study by the RAND Corporation, “The quality of their education may affect the larger community in which they work but not directly affect the community in which they were educated” (6). This quote is stating that the education being received in a community has a direct impact on the community in which they work. Undoubtedly, without a good education, it will be relatively difficult to find a good paying job, which has a domino effect on the quality of life; without a good paying job, it will be difficult to move out of the community, and then the quality of life suffers drastically.
The education in each community should meet a certain level so that they can develop and improve their quality of life. Bad education is a major issue, since it largely affects the quality of life in a community. Education can easily be considered the main infrastructure for a positive quality of life. Therefore, if we can manage to improve the education quality in the Bronx, then the quality of life in the Bronx will improve slowly but surely. It’s not fair that this community has the worst schools in all of New York City. As shown in figure 6 of the NYC Well Being Index, the education in the Bronx specifically was found to be one of the worst in all of New York City. This shows how significant this issue, and why this needs to be addressed.
There have been programs that have been developed to address the quality of life issue of education. According to the NYCT newsletter on grants, there have been multiple grants and programs that have been made to help support schools in Bronx, such as a $60,000, two-year grant made to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to aid in providing the arts to three Bronx schools. This helps to promote the learning environment throughout the schools. Grants, such as this one, can be a huge help to improve education. Even donations, or fundraising events, can add up and significantly improve education in a community.
There are a few government agencies that deal with the schools, specifically the school budget, on the local/district level. As stated by the School Budgets 101 article, “at the local/district level, budget discussions and work will involve school administrators, school boards, school employees and community members” (2). My issue is considered more of a local issue, than a state issue, because it is focusing on a specific community. These school officials are in charge of funding local schools, and if need be request more funding for their local schools. Therefore, if anyone can solve the issue of bad education in the Bronx, it would be the school administrators, school boards, school employees and community members who would be able to.
Surely to improve the education in a community, lots of funding is needed. As stated by the School Budgets 101 article, “School budget resources come from a combination of local, state and federal contributions” (3). Federal funds consist of “grants, competitive dollars, and those dollars outside of long-term funding commitments.” The article then goes on to state that the schools have to work on a limited budget and unless they receive extra grants or donations, they may not have the sufficient funding necessary to promote the learning environment. Therefore, the main reason as to why the issue of bad or insufficient education exists is due to the limited budget.
Clearly the main issue at hand is the limited school budget. As stated in the article by Dylan Scott, “
http://www.governing.com/news/politics/gov-biggest-problem-for-public-education-lack-of-funding-poll-says.htmlFunding was by far the most pegged problem with 35 percent of those polled saying it is the biggest obstacle for public schools in their community.” This statement further proves the fact that the school budget, or funding, is a major issue and a solution must be made to aid in improving the learning environment in schools. If a school does not have sufficient funding, it will not be able to compete with most of the other schools in New York City specifically. The reason why schools in the Bronx are incompetent compared to schools in the rest of New York City is because those schools do not have sufficient funding in order to compete.
There are already a few government agencies working to help solve this issue. The NYC Board of Education is aiming to further increase the school budget. According to the 2016-2017 School Budgets & Fair Student Funding, the NYC Board of Education is looking to increase ”equity in budget allocations by raising the Fair Student Funding floor from 82% to 87% for all schools, impacting over 650 schools” (5). This shows that they are looking to increase the fair student funding by a relatively decent amount. This indirectly increases the budget slightly for schools that need it, specifically schools in the Bronx, since they do not have sufficient funding for students.
Although certain organizations are looking to increase the school budgets, budget cuts are still occurring, and they may negatively impact the learning experience in schools. An article by NY Metro Parents states that “In addition to significant declines in arts budgets, the number of certified arts teachers in city schools is declining as well.” Art is an important class for schools to have, as it improves the creativity of the students and may improve the learning environment of the school itself. However, with these art class budget cuts, there are going to be less art classes, and along with less art classes comes a worse learning environment. Students should be encouraged to think outside of the box, and art class allows them to do so. These budget cuts should not be made to art classes.
Budget cuts are extremely bad for NYC schools, as their budgets should be increasing and not decreasing. Education is arguably the most major infrastructure required to maintain a good quality of life in a community, and it should have enough funding to maintain a good learning environment. According to Ben Chapman for NY Daily News, “Budgets at city schools have shrunk by nearly 14% since 2007.” If this continues to happen, most schools in New York City are going to decline, not just the schools in the Bronx. Budget increases need to happen in order to bring back Bronx schools in line with other schools within the city. Bronx schools should be competitive; they shouldn’t just be left to fall, as they are already in an extremely bad position currently. Figure 6 in the NYC Well-Being-Index shouldn’t have dark red spots; it should be mostly even throughout New York City. Therefore, budget cuts are the opposite of what NYC schools need.cation in the Bronx, it would be the school administrators, school boards, school employees and community members who would be able to.
Surely to improve the education in a community, lots of funding is needed. As stated by the School Budgets 101 article, “School budget resources come from a combination of local, state and federal contributions” (3). Federal funds consist of “grants, competitive dollars, and those dollars outside of long-term funding commitments.” The article then goes on to state that the schools have to work on a limited budget and unless they receive extra grants or donations, they may not have the suffi