'Unfunded mandates' has become almost as common a term among school leaders as 'lesson plan' or 'honor roll'.
A recent proposal by Illinois lawmakers seeks schools to test the drinking water for lead, a proposal an area school leader says is very worth while. Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle however, doubts if lawmakers have thought about the cost of this proposal.
According to Dr. Kendrick-Weikle, the proposal would impact their district as only school buildings of a certain age would have to get tested. She notes though, there's very little information available about who could test for districts or even how much that process might cost.
This recent mandate is another example of why school leaders are frustrated when lawmakers claim to be fully funding education and claim education is a priority. Dr. Kendrick-Weikle says schools are like a business that is not getting paid.
Dr. Kendrick-Weikle says sometimes it may feel like lawmakers don't hear the cries of their constituents, but she says districts and community members cannot afford to sit back and not do anything.