TCAPS Board President Sue Kelly wants you to believe that the Student Finance Research Collaborative is bad. One of the top things that she points to is her claim that the SFRC doesn’t provide fair resources for transportation. Kelly says:
“There’s some districts that are reporting zero transportation costs because they might be only one or two miles in a dense population where they’re transportation costs are very, very low, ours are in excess of $5 million this year whereas if they get a weighted measurement for transportation costs that would make tremendous distance for TCAPS and our district.”(1).
Sue Kelly keeps saying that the SFRC treats districts the same whether they have high transportation costs or none at all. But that just isn’t true.
The SFRC calls for transportation funding in the amount of $734 per student. “A per-rider (not per student) amount of $731 should be allocated above the base per-pupil cost.”
That graphic is from the SFRC website. (2)
TCAPS has 10,000 students. (3)
Approximately 70% of TCAPS students use busing. (4)
10,000 X .70 = 7,000. Approximately 7,000 TCAPS students use busing.
7,000 X $734 = $5,138,000.
The SFRC calls for funding TCAPS transportation at $5,138,000 per year, based on current numbers.
Sue Kelly says that TCAPS transportation expenses are “in excess of $5 million this year.” The SFRC calls for funding transportation for TCAPS at slightly more than $5 million. In other words, the SFRC proposes to meet TCAPS’ claimed transportation needs exactly as they are according to Sue Kelly.
Mic drop. (5)
I don’t mean to still be harping on the TCAPS stuff when the county still has plenty going on to talk about. It’s just that Sue Kelly just keeps throwing material at us.
(1) Source: https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/tcaps-board-listens-to-school-funding-presentation
(2) Source: https://www.fundmischools.org/resources/faqs/#1491409206490-d10ab755-3d60
(3) Source: https://www.tcaps.net/about/
(4) Source: https://www.tcaps.net/about/departments/transportation/
(5) Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic_drop