The Moving Target Budget

By Charles K. Trainor

Carnivals and theme parks offer fun seekers games of skill and chance. Some seem easier than others, but there’s always a catch. Whether utilizing baseballs, rings, air guns, coins or rifles, the results usually are the same: There are very few winners.

That doesn’t stop the hawkers from renewing their pitches, encouraging patrons to step up once more. “Go ahead, try again. You’ll hit the target the next time.”

With every state experiencing economic crises, a similar game is being forced upon school boards across the country. Boards are trying to hit the moving target of state aid allocations as they develop budgets. However, instead of bruised egos on the boardwalk, the consequences are far more serious for districts, taxpayers, and students in this game of chance.

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