It was explained that “everyone is going to need to make a sacrifice” during a Board of Finance meeting discussing the proposed cuts of $15 million from our school budget in Stamford. The Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly an economic catastrophe of a scale we have never seen before and the breadth of its impact has yet to even have been realized. Yet, in the public education system, budget allocation has been sold as an emergency for decades and our education system is always the sacrifice that can never seem to be avoided.
Since 2011, the Stamford public school’s budget has had an average annual increase of 2.61 percent and the national average rate of inflation since 2011 is 1.96 percent. Since 2011 our school enrollment went up 8.75 percent. If Stamford Public School’s conditions, funding, and resources were ideal in 2011 — I assure you they weren’t — we would still be falling behind given these numbers. We can’t even maintain a state of stagnation and we should be embarrassed given that our starting point was below mediocrity.