There is No Correlation between Spending and Performance. Vote NO to the Override

by Victor Petersen
Gilbert Town Council Member
Gilbert Public Schools Resident

While the issue before us is complex, I believe it boils down to one simple question:  Are the voters getting the value for their school tax dollar that they should be?

Before the last time we voted against the override, we were told by those in favor there were no more efficiencies left to be realized.  However, with our "no" vote, we saw not only a reduction in our taxes but also a reduction in class sizes.

The truth is there are opportunities for greater efficiency still left on the table.  One example is zero based budgeting which the Town of Gilbert used to find over a million dollars of misallocated funds.

Furthermore, research has shown that while the national average spending per student has doubled or tripled, reading scores have remained flat for the same time period.  In fact, the data seems to indicate no statistical correlation between spending and performance.

I think our school board deserves a big "thank you" for reducing our class size on a smaller budget.  We are moving in the right direction.  Let’s ask them to continue toward the higher performance we know is possible and we can all be proud of.

See also:

Maricopa County Bond and Override Elections

Gilbert Schools Want Property Tax Override, yet Still Squanders Money 

Support Strong Schools: Get the Facts.

Just Say No to District Overrides

CAUTION: The Public Schools are Back AGAIN asking for a Budget Increase


We Live within our Means.  So can Gilbert Schools

More Isn’t Always Better 

Gilbert Schools Receives Money from Multiple Sources, but they Want More.  Vote NO to the Override.

More Isn’t Always Better (Part 2)